KUWAIT, Jan 21 (KUNA) — Kuwaiti Jet-skier Salem Al-Sarraf won gold at a tournament organized by Qatar and was concluded late Sunday. Speaking to KUNA via phone, Al-Sarraf said that he was very glad to have won the competition revealing that this was his first time to partake in a Jet-ski drag race for the professional division. The tournament saw the participation of 40 jet-skiers from the UAE, the US, the UK, Qatar, Kuwait, and France.
Congrats, Salem, from your friends at The Grapevine Kuwait!
Have you ever wondered what lives beneath the beautiful blue waters of the Arabian Gulf? Scuba divers, snorkelers fishermen, students rejoice! If you live in Kuwait (heck, even if you don’t) and marine life in general is your passion, then here is the perfect app to add to your collection! Welcome to “Kuwait Sea Base:” the iPhone app that will literally (and visually) give you a tour of the magnificent underwater world of Kuwait’s blue seas. From types of species, to coral reefs, to conservation, “Kuwait Sea Base” is not only loads of fun for the whole family, but it also serves as an educational tool. Download it for free HERE & take the plunge! View some snapshots of the app & read more about it below!
For those of you looking for a change of scenery this Ramadan, the Khairan Resort has great offers going on throughout the holy month. The offers will begin on July 19th and will run until August 15th. Book HERE and be sure to take advantage of these great Ramadan deals!
-Stay six nights for the price of four nights
-Stay three nights for the price of two nights
-Receive a 20% discount from Thursday – Saturday
We receive many inquiries from our readers who are dying to trade their city lives for a day in a chalet along the beautiful blue Kuwaiti shores. Renting a chalet (beach house) in Kuwait can be a fun-filled experience for the whole family if it’s planned properly in advance. If spending a relaxing day, weekend, or week (if you’re lucky enough) on the beach is your thing, then here are some great resources & places to make this happen:
The vision for Failaka Heritage Village and the Palace of Sheikh Abdullah Al Salam, a previous ruler of Kuwait commenced in 2002 under the auspices of the then Emir of Kuwait H.H. Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah. The above task was further initiated by Masharee Al Khair Establishment a Kuwait charity, who placed the following message on the wall of the reception building:
“Our heritage was the greatest achievement of our ancestors, and our fathers kept it for us, we implant this heritage in the minds of our children, our heritage is a river full of light which we take continuously to guide us to the good, to the prosperity in the future. We owe a lot to our great heritage, which was the reason for what we have accomplished and achieved.”
His financial and moral support was a magnificent motive to keep the heritage area with all its contents and its environmental surroundings. So we have restored and renovated the whole area, just to keep the heritage of our ancestors and fathers, to reflect His Highnesses wish to give the new generation an idea of this great heritage, and from its revenue, the charity is fundingAccomodations: Fifty Heritage Houses, originally built sixty years ago, now fully restored and furnished with satellite television and ensuite facilities. Ikaros Hotel, coverted from the old police garrison to a four star standard, comprising 24 rooms. Book your room HERE.
For proof that the Vikings made it to the Middle East, albeit only model ones, it’s worth visiting the Kuwait Marine Museum with its impressive collection of large, scaled-model dhows. A novel shop sells 21-piece knot boards and Gipsy Moth lanterns among other nautical souvenirs, such as barometers and sextants. You can even buy your own Nelson figurine, incomplete with one arm. On the wall of the museum is a certificate, dated 2002, from the Guinness World Records announcing that Al-Hashemi II, the huge and unmissable wooden dhow adjacent to the museum, is the largest wooden boat on earth, measuring a world record-breaking 80.4m long, 18.7m wide and weighing an estimated 2500 tonnes.
The vision of Husain Marafie, owner of the Radisson SAS Hotel, the dhow was completed in 1998 from mahogany and ekki logs from Cameroon, planks from the Ivory Coast and pine logs from Oregon.
If you are looking to rent a chalet for a fun weekend with friends or family, or if you are interested in purchasing one, then your best bet would be Shalay.com! Shalay.com is a Kuwaiti company providing a world-class marketplace for chalet and watercraft lovers and owners. They help and serve thousands of people interact between professionals, buyers, sellers, and enthusiasts. They are local experts and they know that there is no better feeling than being at the shalay!
They have just launched a handy iPhone app which is free and available to download on the App Store HERE!
A group of Kuwaiti volunteers who perform activities and projects contributing to protecting and rehabilitating marine environment since 1986. The team is part of the Kuwait Environment Protection Society which in turn is recognized by the United Nations.