Good morning dear and honorable brothers and sisters, and I congratulate you on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. In this article, I would like to talk about numerous issues, some of which are good and some are not.
Only in Kuwait you see water dispensing coolers across the country done by philanthropists.
Only in Kuwait when Ramadan comes, so many government workers sleep at work, yell at the clients and tell them to come the following day.
Only in Kuwait you need to fix your car at least twice a month because of the ‘great, clean and smooth roads.’
Only in Kuwait you see a passenger escorted with his or her entire tribe to see them off at the airport, which makes the place cram packed.
Only in Kuwait you find some stores sell children fake yet very dangerous shotguns, which are yet to be banned by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Only in Kuwait expat private tutors make a lot of money through private tuition, which are against the Education Ministry’s laws and regulations, and they are left to do so without being punished.
Only in Kuwait people are spoiled by the government’s generosity as it cuts down the working hours to only four during Ramadan. Even then, you see some workers get reluctant to work or even smile.
Only in Kuwait some policemen stop taxi drivers who carry female passengers inside the car, and try to find fault with the cab driver just as a pretext to give their mobile numbers to the women.
Only in Kuwait a small 500-meter-long road has a trillion mountain-like speed bumps.
Only in Kuwait people go shopping a day before Eid, which makes the shopping centers so cram packed.
Only in Kuwait you see people shopping for Ramadan and competing who fills his or her trolley first, as if there was a famine approaching.
Only in Kuwait you see many bus drivers use the fast lane and zigzag between lanes as if they are driving ordinary cars.
Only in Kuwait public transport buses become a prey for youngsters in some areas of the country.
Only in Kuwait you can be entertained with ‘Bukhoor’ incense from the buses’ exhausts for free.
Only in Kuwait bus stops look like a haunted house where passengers struggle to find a shaded area to wait for the bus, which in many cases does not stop if there are men waiting. But in the case there were women standing, the driver sometimes would stop at any place, even in the middle of the street, just for the sake of their eyes.
I suggest that co-op societies here in Kuwait take up their responsibilities and pitch in to build sophisticated air-conditioned bus stops. But even if that happens, the AC would probably be stolen the next day!
Till the next article insha Allah
By Talal Al-Ghannam