Nag’at Al-Kout to host stu­dents at Al-Kout’s Thriving Fish­ing Wharf

Weekly event to ed­u­cate youth on Kuwait’s fish­ing and sail­ing her­itage

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Nag’at Al-Kout, part of Al-Kout - the largest wa­ter­front re­tail and leisure des­ti­na­tion in Kuwait - is cur­rently host­ing ‘A Day with a Fish­er­man’ for school stu­dents aged 8-12 years, to teach them the tra­di­tional val­ues of the coun­try’s fish­ing her­itage in a fun and engaging ed­u­ca­tional man­ner.

To be held ev­ery Tues­day this month start­ing Oc­to­ber 10th, ‘A Day with a Fish­er­man’ is part of Al-Kout’s con­tin­u­ous ef­fort to pro­vide unique ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ences and to give back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Nag’at Al-Kout in­vites school chil­dren to learn more about fish­ing and sail­ing the tra­di­tional Kuwaiti dhow in a mem­o­rable way. The schools par­tic­i­pat­ing in this ac­tiv­ity are the Indian In­ter­na­tional School, Fa­ha­heel English School and Amer­i­can United School.

The pro­gram took the stu­dents through the en­tire fish­er­man’s ex­pe­ri­ence from the wharf to the seas and the fish mar­ket pro­vid­ing an im­pres­sion­able ed­u­ca­tion of Kuwait’s rich fish­ing his­tory. They were first wel­comed in the Fish­er­men’s Di­waniya fol­lowed by a pre­sen­ta­tion on the his­tory of fish­ing in Kuwait, it’s im­por­tance in Kuwaiti her­itage, the type of Dhows and equip­ment used, as well as the tra­di­tional cloth­ing the fish­er­men wore. This was fol­lowed by the event’s high­light, a tour of an ac­tual Dhow, dur­ing which the stu­dents gained a deeper un­der­stand­ing of life at sea for the fish­er­men, their roles on the Dhow and the dif­fer­ent meth­ods of fish­ing used back then as well as to­day.

The stu­dents then had the op­por­tu­nity to tour the fish mar­ket where they learned about the dif­fer­ent types of fish, fish­ing meth­ods and equip­ment used for each kind of fish. The stu­dents also had the chance to par­tic­i­pate in a live auc­tion, which was a loud bois­ter­ous af­fair filled with ex­cite­ment and won­der at ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some­thing so dif­fer­ent and unique.

Nag’at Al-Kout is one of the rare ar­eas in Kuwait which has re­tained its au­then­tic­ity and evokes a nos­tal­gic sense of pride to­wards Kuwaiti her­itage from the Dhows to the fish­ing meth­ods and the di­verse trad­ing mech­a­nism. Till this day fish­er­men go out to the sea and bring in their catch of the day which is sold in the daily auc­tions at 8:00am and 4:00pm. Al-Kout has over the years main­tained this tra­di­tion and still plays a ma­jor role in the mod­ern com­mu­nity by en­light­en­ing chil­dren and youth about their his­tory by show­cas­ing the coun­try’s his­tory and con­nect­ing the next gen­er­a­tion with their roots.

Al-Kout boasts a rich ta­pes­try of re­tail and leisure ex­pe­ri­ences along a 1.6km stretch of im­mac­u­late beach­front, in­clud­ing Al-Kout Mall with an eclec­tic va­ri­ety of in­ter­na­tional brands. The six di­verse ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude Souq AlKout - the com­mu­nity hub of south­ern Kuwait with its per­form­ing foun­tains and stun­ning sea views; Marsa Al-Kout - the lux­u­ri­ous, ma­rina and yacht club that ac­com­mo­dates 150 boats and yachts; Nag’at Al-Kout, the area’s tra­di­tional fish­ing wharf where lo­cal fish­er­men ply their trade; the 5-star Al-Kout Rotana Ho­tel, and Sa­hel Al-Kout, the per­fect set­ting for ex­er­cises, walks and re­lax­ation of­fer­ing beau­ti­ful views of the Ara­bian Gulf.

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