Only in Kuwait - Part 12

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Talal Al-Ghan­nam lo­cal@kuwait­

Good morn­ing my dear and hon­or­able broth­ers and sis­ters. In this col­umn, I con­tinue my ‘Only in Kuwait’ se­ries in which I at­tempt to touch on wrong­do­ings in the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety that need more at­ten­tion from the gov­ern­ment or peo­ple them­selves.

Only in Kuwait when there is a road ac­ci­dent, the en­tire road be­comes like a maze where ev­ery­one wants to snap a pic­ture to share it with oth­ers, even if the ac­ci­dent took place on the other side of the high­way.

Only in Kuwait re­cruit­ing a house­keeper can be more ex­pen­sive than a three-month house rental, go­ing on a vacation to Europe or even buy­ing a used car.

Only in Kuwait, a rich coun­try, your car gets dam­aged by deep pot­holes on re­cently-con­structed roads, and you have to fix the front end and wind­shield twice a month. We all do ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts be­ing ex­erted by the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties in fixing up the roads in line with the state’s de­vel­op­ment plan, but what makes you fu­ri­ous is the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion made by those au­thor­i­ties or the main con­trac­tor when they say that ‘these are tem­po­rary roads and peo­ple must be pa­tient till the pro­ject is fi­nally com­pleted.’ But sir, hav­ing to tol­er­ate a bumpy, bro­ken and in­tol­er­a­ble road does not mean that peo­ple’s cars be­come like junk be­cause they have to wait for the pro­ject to be com­pleted. Also, hav­ing a tem­po­rary road does not mean that the con­trac­tor should use the cheap­est ma­te­ri­als and have the peo­ple ac­cept the sit­u­a­tion no mat­ter what the con­se­quences might be.

Only in Kuwait fires keep oc­cur­ring in the coun­try’s most gi­gan­tic pro­jects, while blame is al­ways put on the harsh hot weather, with­out tak­ing into ac­count other fac­tors that might be the real cause.

Only in Kuwait you see many fam­i­lies be­ing an­gry and an­noyed when go­ing out for din­ner, as if there was an in­va­sion against the coun­try.

Only in Kuwait many fam­i­lies are seen dis­tanc­ing their maid from their ta­ble at a restau­rant and make her sit alone to eat in­stead of mak­ing her share the ta­ble with them. My ad­vice to those fam­i­lies is to take Prophet Muham­mad (PBUH) as the best ex­am­ple, who used to sit with work­ers and share his meal with them, be­sides help­ing them with their chores.

Only in Kuwait the word ‘thank you’ to house­maids is al­most for­got­ten by many spon­sors, and yet they ex­pect good treat­ment from them at all times.

Only in Kuwait it is a night­mare for an ex­pat to get a driv­ing li­cense, while some ex­pats working in cer­tain job cat­e­gories can get it eas­ily with­out wasta (con­nec­tions). Don’t ask me why.

Only in Kuwait fish prices are like the stock ex­change they go up one day and down on an­other. Imag­ine that you buy a fish weigh­ing a kilo­gram for KD 15 for your fam­ily. But one fish is not enough to feed your whole fam­ily, so you must buy at least two kilo­grams, which means the to­tal amount will be KD 30 for a sin­gle meal. But who cares?

Un­til the next ar­ti­cle in­sha Al­lah

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