Only in Kuwait - Part 12
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