People wait for winter to come, to enjoy having BBQ. Although, adult/kids wait for summer to come to enjoy the beach. After a busy week, I packed up my things and drove down west to our chalet in Kharian with my nieces and nephews. Swimming, playing with kids and relaxing is most wonderful thing to do in summer with a clean beach and water. There are lots of things to do in summer, so don’t hesitate yourself to alway thing to take break and relax down.
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Last week was our First Step In To Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa. Yesterday we were invited by Jumeriah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa management for a bloggers night tour event. Around 7.00pm, I’ve arrived to Jumeriah Messilah Beach Hotel. We were segmented into different groups for a tour all around the hotel.
Anyway, we started with the ballrooms, then hotel rooms, hotel restaurants/cafes, hotel swimming pool and finally outdoor dinner.
As we included recently the hotel got, 316 rooms and suites, 80 serviced apartments, 12 villas, 8 Restaurants (Garden Cafe, Olio, Mint, Salt, Pepper, Arabesque, Aqua, Tea Lounge) and more.
Through our tour we passed by different domestic areas in hotel such as:
Ballrooms: Badriya Ballroom is the largest ballroom in Kuwait. Decorated with Arabian classic theme as you see above. The ballroom can be booked as a wedding, conference, event and etc. Additionally, in the second floor of the ballroom there is an executive bridal suite, for the bride to use as a faciltity. The suite includes a full saloon tools, lounges and bed. As well the second floor has a 360 degree view for the bride to view the ballroom.
Rooms: There are more than 4 types of rooms. All rooms are fully furniture with high quality standards. Each room standards has different facilities and services.
Pepper Restaurant: One of the restaurant which I really liked as a decoration and atmosphere is Pepper Restaurant. Pepper Restaurant menu is only steaks with other additional dishes. The most really fabulous in this restaurant is the atmosphere and decoration.
Atmosphere: In overall, the hotel has a different atmosphere inside and outside. You really feel that you are not in Kuwait specially when you see the beach and swimming pool view at night.
Decoration: The decoration inside the hotel is really different compared to the other hotels locally. Everything small part of the hotel is made by hand, even the curtains are hand-drawn. The whole hotel design is mixed of classic, Arabian, Kuwaiti and Royal.
Activities: There are lots of things to do such as Spa, Tennis, Swimming and more.
Recommendations/Services/Dislike: Although the hotel is really huge and new. The entrance, security and parking area is really terrible. It took me 15 minutes waiting outside the gate waiting for the security to take in car by car. The road was totally closed and the cars are waiting to enter. The guard at the entrance informed me to park my car outside and cross the road and get into the hotel. Well, even the hotel is new they have to really fix their entrance and parking area.
Deluxe Room = 92KD / per night / Single
Grand Deluxe Room = 115KD / per night / Single
Club Executive = 166.750KD / per night / Single
Deluxe Apartment 2 Rooms = 241.500KD / per night / Single
Apartment 1 Room = 143.750KD / per night / Single
Apartment 2 Rooms = 218.500KD / per night / Single
Apartment 3 Rooms = 322KD / per night / Single
Villa 3 Rooms = 437KD / per night / Single
Villa 5 Rooms = 575KD / per night / Single
Royal Apartment = 1725KD / per night / Single
At the end of our tour, we were invited to an extreme delicious BBQ dinner outdoor with an amazing view. However, the weather was really humid therefore we enjoyed the tour, outdoor dinner and gathering. We haven’t passed through the Villa’s and some of other areas in the hotel, as most of places are occupied and not ready. Jumeriah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa is still under soft-opening and will open officially in the first week of October 2013. There will be some improvements and adding up services to the hotel by end of this year.
I rate the hotel as 5 stars royal hotel 10/10 compared to other hotels locally.
Location: Messilah, Al Ta’awun Street, Sea Side, Kuwait
Tel: +965 2226 9600
Microsoft released the new upcoming XBOX ONE to the market this year. It’s the new generation of entertainment world to stay connected and live together. Lots new things added to the new XBOX such as:
- Home screen
- New way to watch TV
- Skype on Xbox One
- Exciting social entertainment network
- Favorite sports
- Explore the web
- New generation of apps
- The world of Games
The Xbox One comes with an upgraded controller. The new device has 40 new design innovations, including impulse triggers, Wi-Fi direct radio stack, integrated battery compartment and a precision directional pad. The console will come with 8GB of RAM, Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 connector and HDMI.
The device will be available in the market by end of this year, with the price of $299.
I posted last week about Oud Play In AlHamra Tower. This week another Oud Play continued at AlHamra Tower, played by the Oud Player – Sami AlBader. Therefore I added up on my calendar to visit AlHamra Mall at 08.30pm. Around 08.45pm the Oud play started and I came up with these videos which I’ve recorded through my visit and enjoying the play with cup of coffee at one of AlHamra’s Cafes.
The Oud play continues also again this week on Thursday night from 08.30pm – 11.00pm. I really recommend you to attend, listen and enjoy the atmosphere.
EatHealthyQ8 closing ceremony was held at the Movenpick Hotel in Kuwait. The aim of the initiative was controlling the growing number of overweight children as well as improving their habits with the help of their parents and schools.
The event was attended by the children and their parents along with the EatHealthyQ8 team and sponsors of the EatHealthyQ8 initiative. A short movie was played as part of the event’s festivities to shed light on the children’s weight-loss journey, organized programs, including physical activities and exercise, along with a sneak preview of children and parent workshops held and organized by the Diet Center.
Eight children who lost the most amount of weight based on their BMI were awarded with prizes for their efforts and hard work. The first place winners Nawaf Khater and Maryam Alkandari won a family tip to Euro Disney, courtesy from the V-Max group. Hussain Galeb and Dalal Al Rweished Aljasser came in second place and won vouchers from Ali Abdul Wahab. Third place winners, Abdulaziz Alolaimi and Roqaya Aljasser won Argana boot camp memberships. Khalid Alkandari and Noura Alhobaishi came in fourth place and won Diet Center memberships.
Probably most of the people saw the videos within these days after it is spread through the social media and what’s app. I received these photos through what’s app and founded them already posted on YouTube. A Polish guy works in Hamley’s London and speaks excellent Kuwaiti, as he lived a long period here in Kuwait. I really loved his accent.
There are lots of apps in the store for adding some text, icons, emotions, or symbols to your photo. I used the most popular apps and founded the Phonto is the best to use. What I liked from this is the options and items added are unique features.
I probably would recommend to use Phonto for any texting on photos that you would like to share on Instagram.
Archicamp is back again this summer. They started last year in June 2012, and had a chance One Day visit to Archicamp workshops. To all highschoolers who couldn’t join us last year, this is your chance to be part of a one of a kind experience! Join archicamp and explore the principles of architecture from successful architects & designers.
Period: June 16 to June 27 @ GUST (Gulf University for Science & Technology)
Phone: +965 66006783
Event: Kuwait Historical Festival should start last Wednesday, as we notice it postponed till the day (Thursday). Last night, myself and my family visited Kuwait Historical Festival organized by Ministry of Commerce – Tourism Sector. The festival is located at South Mishref, the area opposite GUST.
- Historical kids play zone
- Booths participation (Food, Historical Items and etc.)
- Hourly activities
- Operetta (Presented By the Abdulkareem Abdulqader)
- Historical Cars
- Old toys
- Train Tour
- More and More
Spent lovely historical night with my family and came out with some cool photos. The festival village is open to the public (Thursday – Saturday) from the 6pm – 10pm.
For the old Blackberry lovers, finally Blackberry Q10 is here now in Kuwait. Today noon, I received Blackberry Q10 devices from Concept Company Kuwait (Authorized Dealer locally). I was waiting for Q10 to release in the market to view the features. As I disliked Blackberry Z10 because of the shape and touch features. But why I liked Q10 is the phone shape and keypad.
By unboxing Blackberry Q10 device, the box comes with Battery, Charger, Manual Guide, Headset and Device. The first thing I done when I unboxed the device is touch the phone and view the design shape of it. Futhermore, I instered the SIM Card and starting explorering the operating system.
- Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz – Snapdragon S4 Plus
- Display: 3.1”, SuperAMOLED display, 720 x 720 resolution at 330 PPI, Touch On Lens
- Camera: 8MP rear facing camera, Auto Focus, 5X digital zoom, 1080p HD video recording ・2MP front facing camera, 3X digital zoom, 720p HD video recording
- Memory: 2GB RAM ・16GB Internal Storage ・Hot Swappable microSD Slot up to 64GB
- WiFi: Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n ・2.4/5GHz ・4G Mobile Hotspot
- GPS: Assisted, Autonomous, and Simultaneous GPS
- Battery: BlackBerry NS1, 2100mAh Removable Battery
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
- Connectivity: NFC ・microUSB ・microHDMI-Out ・Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy ・4G LTE
- Dimensions (LxWxD): 119.6mm x 66.8mm x 10.35mm
- Talk Time / Standby: N/A at this time from BlackBerry as it’s still in testing
After reviewing the full Blackberry Q10 Device there are some points I liked and disliked such as:
- Exterior Design
- Touch Screen
- Operating System (Totally improved, unique and simple)
- Way of holding the device in hands
- Both front and back Camera
- Screen could be bit bigger
- Operating System: The way of exiting and return back to home (It’s really difficult and hard. Prefer if there is a home button to exit directly).
- Device top sensor to stay stand-up.
Finally, the device is totally useful for Blackberry lovers, people love to text/chat, businessmen and students. BBM Expands To iOS & Android so don’t hesitate to re-change your device again to Blackberry. All Social Media apps is available and additional apps from Blackberry World.
The device is available at Concept Co. for 209KD with a year warranty by Concept Co.
Concept Stores: The Avenues, Shraq, Hawali or Farwaniya
Phone: 22200797 / 22656330
I saw AlHamra Tower Instagram this week posting up about oud play night at AlHamra Mall. I planned to visit up this week play, but got busy with extra tasks. Therefore, HiKuwait Blog posted up a short oud play happened last Monday in AlHamra Mall. The oud play is available weekly on Monday and Thursday.