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Children of Kuwaiti mothers

In Kuwait, we have been blessed as women have many rights and freedoms that other women in the region have been denied. One thing though that we are yet to…

Is development disabled?

This is really an important question among Kuwaitis. Is development really disabled and why? We hear about future projects but do not see anything concrete on the ground. Everything is…

Sexual harassment in Kuwait’s public spaces

Do the women of Kuwait need to carry weapons to defend themselves from sexual harassment nowadays? Has it gotten so bad that no one even thinks twice or bothers when…

Monster-in-law or angel-in-law?

It’s been a year now since I got married – and the comments that I hear the most are: You got married? Congratulations! So when is the good news? Anything…

The rain debate

Every year the rain comes and the scenario repeats itself with the same complaints. This week saw heavy rain in the Gulf region including Kuwait. On Monday, various parts of…

Water is safe

Congratulations to Kuwait and all its residents for bagging the first place in the Arab world in terms of the high quality of drinking water. Nothing is more important to…

Seeking arthouse cinema in Kuwait

I want to get something out of the way before I begin. Films that are described as ‘Arthouse cinema’ should not be considered great automatically. They might be different, unique…

Expats in private sector

The local press reported that the Public Authority for Manpower is considering the issues of inefficient employment and population structure by imposing a ban on expats with university degrees entering…

No pay, no hello!

I read an interesting report last week that brought back a lot of memories from the past. The ministry of communications called on all users of landlines to pay their…

TIME’S Person of the Year: #Metoo

The #Metoo Movement kicked off in the US and has now empowered women all across the world to step up and shame their harassers. Thanks to a certain Mr Weinstein…

Moving out of Kuwait as an expat

I have always believed, and I continue to believe, that expats play a vital role in our society, and I have always written about expat rights with as much honesty…

Mama’s Legacy

“What do you mean, ‘progressive'”? That was the only question my mother asked her neurologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the summer of 2009 when she was finally diagnosed. After…