Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Dispatch from London

Beautiful sunny day in London. This is not my usual time to visit, but the workload meant that it was either get away now or never.

Whenever I run into people that I know who live here, the first question they ask is "Are you here on holiday or for work?". A totally legitimate question in a city that is as much a major tourist destination as it is a major business centre.

Maybe someday we can ask visitors to Kuwait the same question....

29 comments:

  1. You are missing SO much by being away.....


    Im going to a "special" dinner now....hope it goes well

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  2. بما انك فى لندن ... هاى زيدون ... اليوم مستخفه دمى وفينى شر ... مدرى ليش ... ومن حسن حظك يازيدون انى دشيت بلوكك ...عاد انا اليوم المغرب فرحانه ومستانسه وكأن اليوم عيد ... التلفزيون والراديو أغانى وطنيه ووناسه وأميرنا أبونا رد من العلاج ولله الحمد ... ومن جد من جد كأن اليوم عيد ... بس من صارت الساعه واحده بالليل جانى اكتئاب ... والسبب انى احس اذا شىء مو زين راح يصير ... يعنى شىء مثل الحاسه السادسه .. فهذا الاحساس جانى وخلانى اخلص الكاكاو والايس كريم اللى فى بيتنا كله ... وطبعا حطيت حرتى فى بلوكك يا زيدون ... سورى
    have agood time
    واخذ بالك لاتروح مناطق فيها باكستانيين ولا موريتانيين ولا عراقيين
    bo jaij:
    what do u mean by missing so much ??
    tell me i`am in q8
    علشان الحق على اللى زيدون ميسينك
    والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

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  3. Well, I don't think its too far-fetched to think of Kuwait as a major Gulf business center, especially when Iraq gets its security act together and opens up for international trade, and when the int'l oil companies finally move to develop the Northern oil fields. But a tourist destination... الشكوة لله والمشتكاة له

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  4. Zaydoun, the question asked to visitors in Kuwait is not "Are you here on business or pleasure?"

    Its "Why are you here??!?" with a worried expression on ur face!

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  5. It's funny you mentioned this question.I just had some visitors from USA who are looking at developing their business in Kuwait and you should have listened to how they admired Kuwait.So,let's not judge Kuwait in our Kuwaiti eyes and let the foriegners give their openion.

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  6. Business, definitely..

    But tourism? I call for disbanding the so called Touristic Enterprises, closing the tourism department in the ministry of Disinformation, and a gag order on Nabeela Al-Anjari followed by her forced retirement!

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  7. i second that motion regarding the touristic sectors in the MODI(ministry of disinformation)! Here, here!

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  8. I say we just develop as a financial center because tourism has gone to Bahrain and Dubai. I think we just have to accept that Kuwait and Kuwaitis in general are not ready to accept rapid change in terms of opening up our economy and society - and for good reason.

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  9. HWKW... my thoughts exactly. We can't be all things to all people, so we should focus our energy on becoming a major business centre and leave it at that. And the first step toward that is get rid of everyone who stands in the way, i.e. the armies of bureaucrats and the ministers and MPs who support them

    msabah... I'd be interested to see what the Americans think of our bureaucracy as compared to our GCC neighbors

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  10. Zaydoun,The Americans have more bureaucracy than any GCC country,not to mention the political lobbying.

    I simply want to tip you and all the readers of your Blog that there are 2 MAJOR presentations going to take place in September and November for Sh.Sabah.The 1st one will be done in September by Dr.Anas Al-Rushaid,The Minister of Information,who will present his strategy of how he will cut down the entire ministry into pieces and how many of its departments will go to the private sector.This will also include opening the doors to whoever wants to establish a newspaper,TV or Radio Station.He officially said to many close people to him that once this mission is accomplished,he will leave his position for good.

    The 2nd one will be in November by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdullah,The minister of Communication,where he will also going to present how his ministry is going to be SLICED DOWN into many departments and most of it will go to the private sector.

    So,GUYS,let's allow those ministers a chance and judge later.

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  11. msabah, I'd have to see it to believe it.

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  12. Msabah, save me a slice of that communication cake will ya!

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  13. Jashanmal,you got it!!! Always remember that when you have positive energy around you,you'll always get positive energy back to you.Let's meet and plan our $$$$$$$$$$.

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  14. LOL........boy there's gonna be a lot blood-shed over this:)

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  15. الطيور طارت بأرزاقها

    Anyways Im going skiing in hell

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  16. msabah, if this happens, it'll Kuwait will be in the right track. We are beyond governmental-led economic reform, its time the private sector takes the lead. The government's role is irreplaceable during the start-up phase of our economy, but if it keeps spoonfeeding the people, we will continue to be lazy socialists rather than inventive & hardworking capitalists. Oh & i've thought of this argument (socialist vs. capitalist econs) and example speaks louder than any text book: Why is the USA the largest economy in the world? Because of its natural and human resources which were accessible for investment by its people.

    Why is China the next largest economy in the world? Because of natural and human rescources which are becoming more accessible for investment by its people. The Republic is becoming more 'hands off'.

    I must add that the move from a welfare/socialist state to a capitalist state must be well controlled and systemized to insure a smoothe change over and avoid troubles like we saw in the USSR to Russia. And no its not too far off of an example, when you look at how the issue of privatizing the North Oil fields has been managed and how oil was the major attraction in Russia when it took off its big red hood.

    One more thing to add, the move is needed and that has been idenified by the governemnt, but we need not to be shy that we need experts to take our hands and lead us through this.

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  17. Why couldn't tourism happen? You have beaches and things to see don't you? Someday I hope to be able to travel into the middle east and I know I am not alone. Why not a stop in Kuwait too? I don't see it as too far fetched to attract visitor's from America.

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  18. I'm reading Friday's alQabas and thinking it's time you wrote something about your dad alla yer7uma.

    How's the vacation going?

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  19. i was thinkin of "Are you here on business or pleasure?" but Q has already said it... cuz thas what they ask usually all ova the world

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  20. Shurouq..

    Vacation is going great, and I never got to see Al-Qabas's friday edition.

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    The tiniest of flaws in a massive forklift truck is crucial information for Ryan McLawhorn, quality improvement manager at NACCO Industries Inc.
    Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

    I have a programy site/blog. It pretty much covers programy related stuff.

    Come and check it out if you get time :-)

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  22. Zaydoun now is the time to put that promise of yours to the test. I am in London as well so are you willing to meet up or not ? ;) let me know as quickly as possible to make my own arrangements.

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  23. By reading todays local papers,you realized who told you 1st about the SLICING of the Ministry of Information and soon you will be the Ministry of Communication sliced up.Guys,be positive...

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  24. Congrats u just won a trophy!

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  25. highlander... would love to, but I've been in and out of London

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  26. Zaydoun, it does not matter London or another place in UK if you are still here that is ... I will still be in Britain for a while ...let me know what do you think and how it can be arranged as you obviously love secrecy ;) ... also if u email me i could leave my cell phone ..then it's up to you to contact me and we can arrange a meetup

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  27. this looks like irc chatting mutated and developed into blogging, I urge you to put your gossip agendas behind you and get on the pony of education, and ride that pony,.. I don't know what I'm saying

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