Thursday, September 21, 2017

Kuwait National Overwatch Tournament KNOT taking place now

Photo Courtesy to KNOT
Overwatch is a hugely popular team based multiplayer online first-person shooter video game. Blizzard Entertainments has released this across Windows platform, PlayStation 4 and also Xbox One. To know more about the game check my previous post on them. CLICK HERE to read the post about the Initial Release and CLICK HERE to read about the upgrade in characters of Overwatch (Origins 21 Heroes).

UPDATE
You can check out the videos at the bottom of the page for an insight of the amazing things  that were taking place at KNOT and all due credits to the content creators. The below video by KNOTkw gives a gist of what took place. Also CLICK HERE for the complete playlist on Youtube for all KNOT related videos.
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Below video by Photographer/Videographer/Instagram user Bin_muhsen (Ahmad Bin Muhsen) really gives an amazing introduction to KNOT.
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Below are the videos by Faisal Al Rajhi (Videographer). CLICK HERE for his Youtube Channel.


Below are the videos by Sara Al Tuhaih aka Saltphotography. CLICK HERE to check out her website. https://www.saltkw.com/


To check out the amazing photographs taken by HEROESKW and MEMPHOTOG of the different cosplayers during the 3 days at KNOT. Check out Memphotog's WEBSITE. All credits to Memphotog. (COSPLAY PHOTOS)
The video by HEROESKW has been uploaded and they have done an awesome job of covering the KNOT event. Shout-out to these amazing gamer, photography and videography girls.
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The video below is taken by Urbanq8 films. Check out their Instagram page for some of the photos taken during KNOT. Definitely waiting for their KNOT video to come out. (Youtube) It is out and you can have a look below. (They have a sweet url: http://uq8.co/knot) It gives a good amount of coverage of the event with some one on one interviews with chief guest and cosplayers.
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More Videos below by KNOT Kuwait
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Youtuber/Instagrammer Duaij Hutari uploaded an amazing interactive on his Youtube Channel.
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Youtuber Gamers RA (aka Gamer Girls Rafouyi and Anous) give their take on KNOTKw 2017. CLICK HERE to have look at their Youtube Channel and CLICK HERE for their Instagram page.
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More updates

Date: 21, 22, 23 September 2017
Time: 4-10 pm
Venue: Hall 4A, Kuwait International Fairgrounds, Kuwait (Mishref Fairgrounds)
United Events are the organisers for the event. They quote
Kuwait's biggest national Overwatch event and tournament.
To Book online tickets or one can purchase at the gate CLICK HERE
Ticket prices:
  • Gold Ticket : 5 KD - One Day Ticket
  • Platinum Ticket: 10 KD (All days Entry and Tournament Participation)
  • Diamond Ticket: 20 KD (All days Entry and Tournament Participation + Autographs and photographs with all guests)
  • Grand Master Experience: 80 KD (All days Entry and Tournament Participation + Autographs and photographs with all guests without waiting in queue + Lunch with the guests plus a meet and greet)
What can one find at the Event - Other than the tournament, Cosplay catwalk along with amazing cosplayers, Photography stalls for the cosplayers and anyone interested in getting their photographs taken, stalls by different gaming companies displaying their amazing products,  Spend time with some of the amazing guests like voice actors, and creators.
Voice Actors for Overwatch Characters .Photo Courtesy for Quadra Stores
Getting to meet some of the Voice actors for Overwatch Characters
  • Overwatch Character Mercy - Lucie Pohl - CLICK HERE to check her Instagram page.
  • Overwatch Character Genji - Gaku Space - CLICK HERE to check his Instagram page.
  • Overwatch Character Lucio - Jonny Cruz - CLICK HERE to check his Instagram page.
  • Overwatch Character Torbjorn - Keith Silverstein - CLICK HERE to check his Instagram Page.
Get to meet YelizCosplay - CLICK HERE to check her Instagram page.
Get to meet Greeniicosplay - CLICK HERE to check her Instagram page.

INSTAGRAM Accounts for
KNOT: CLICK HERE
United Events: CLICK HERE

Venue Coordinates: 
Latitude: 29.2688534
Longitude: 48.0488889
Lat,Long: 29.2688534,48.0488889
DMS (Degrees, Minutes, Seconds)
Latitude: 29° 16' 8" N
Longitude: 48° 2' 56" E
CLICK HERE to got the the google maps link


CLICK HERE for Link to Google Maps

DAY 1 Footage (All credits to the content creators)

KNOT Day 1 Snap Map Story (SnapChat)
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KNOT Day 1 Instagram Story by Urbanq8
All Credits to Urbanq8, Check their Instagram and Youtube Channels (1 and 2)
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KNOT Day 1 Instagram Story By HEROSKW
All credits to Heroskw, Check their Instagram and Youtube channel
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KNOT Day 1 Instagram Story by Salt Photography
All Credits to Salt Photography, Check her Instagram, Website, Twitter and Facebook
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KNOT Day 1 Instagram Story by Mem Photog
All Credits to Mem Photography, Check her Instagram and Youtube Channel
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DAY 2 Footage (All credits to the content creators)

KNOT Day 2 Snap Map Story (SnapChat)
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KNOT Day 2 Instagram Story by KNOTKW
All credits to KNOTKW, Check their Instagram and website
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KNOT Day 2 Instagram Story By HEROSKW
All credits to Heroskw, Check their Instagram and Youtube channel
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KNOT Day 2 Instagram Story by Salt Photography
All Credits to Salt Photography, Check her InstagramWebsiteTwitter and Facebook
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KNOT Day 2 Instagram Story by Mem Photog
All Credits to Mem Photography, Check her Instagram and Youtube Channel
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KNOT Day 2 Instagram Story by CGC Kwt
All Credits to Competitive Gaming Club, Kuwait, Check their Instagram and Website
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KNOT Day 2 Instagram Story by Urbanq8
All Credits to Urbanq8, Check their Instagram and Youtube Channels (1 and 2)
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KNOT Day 2 SnapChat Story by Mem Photog (@memphotogg)
All Credits to Mem Photography, Check her Instagram and Youtube Channel
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KNOT Day 2 SnapChat Story by Sarah YOLOTec (@yolotec2)
All credits to Sarah YOLOTec
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DAY 3 Footage (All credits to the content creators)

KNOT Day 3 Instagram Story by KNOTKW
All credits to KNOTKW, Check their Instagram and website
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KNOT Day 3 Instagram Story By HEROSKW
All credits to Heroskw, Check their Instagram and Youtube channel
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KNOT Day 3 Instagram Story by CGC Kwt
All Credits to Competitive Gaming Club, Kuwait, Check their Instagram and Website
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KNOT Day 3 Instagram Story by Extrava Gaming
All Credits to Extrava Gaming, Kuwait, Check their Instagram and Youtube
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KNOT Day 3 Instagram Story by Mem Photog
All Credits to Mem Photography, Check her Instagram and Youtube Channel
CLICK HERE if the above video does not work

KNOT Day 2 SnapChat Story by Sarah YOLOTec (@yolotec2)
All credits to Sarah YOLOTec
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KNOT Day 3 Instagram Story by TheMeemGlam
All credits to TheMeemGlam, Check her Instagram
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Some of  the information on the people who showed up at KNOT (approx 7582)

KNOT - Instagram: knotkw -CLICK HERE
United Events - Instagram: unitedeventskw -CLICK HERE
Mubarak Mado - Instagram: mubrkm -CLICK HERE
Greenii - Instagram: greeniicosplay - CLICK HERE
Yeliz - Instagram: yelizcosplay -CLICK HERE
Ahmed Alajeel - Instagram: ahmedalajeel -CLICK HERE
Lucie Pohl - Instagram: ulovelucie - CLICK HERE
Jonny Cruz - Instagram: jonnycruzzz -CLICK HERE
Keith Silverstein - Instagram: keithsilverstein - CLICK HERE
Gaku Space - Instagram: gakuspace - CLICK HERE
Upshot Dance Company - Instagram: upshot_dance -CLICK HERE
Angelo Alagao aka Chun-Li - Instagram: chun_li_q8 -CLICK HERE
Urbanq8 Films - Instagram: urbanq8films -CLICK HERE
Ahmad Bin Muhsen - Instagram: bin_muhsen -CLICK HERE
Faisal Al Rajhi -  Instagram: f_alrajhii -CLICK HERE
Heros Kuwait - Instagram: heroskw -CLICK HERE
Sara Al Tuhaih - Instagram: saltphotography -CLICK HERE
Marwa AlBenali - Instagram: memphotog - CLICK HERE
Quadra Stores - Instagram: quadrastores -CLICK HERE
Extrava Gaming - Instagram: extravagaming - CLICK HERE
Sharingan Store - Instagram: sharinganq8 -CLICK HERE
Statues house - Instagram: statues_house -CLICK HERE
Neo - Instagram: neo -CLICK HERE
i-Guts - Instagram: i.guts -CLICK HERE
Gstoreq8 - Instagram: gstoreq8 -CLICK HERE
Gamesq8 - Instagram: gamesq8 -CLICK HERE
Far7an Al Bannai - Instagram: far7an_albannai -CLICK HERE
Hussain Al Rajhi - Instagram: hussain_alrajhi -CLICK HERE
Duaij Hutari - Instagram: duaij_hutari -CLICK HERE
Abdulaziz Askar - Instagram: abdulaziz.s.askar -CLICK HERE
Meme Curry - Instagram: meme_curry -CLICK HERE
Paris Delicieux - Instagram: paris_delicieux -CLICK HERE
The Backlot Genuine Sausages - Instagram: thebacklotkw -CLICK HERE
Themed beauty aka themed injection - Instagram: themedbeautymua -CLICK HERE
Themed Injection II - Instagram: themedinjection -CLICK HERE
Azgardian Comics - Instagram: comics_for_sale -CLICK HERE
Animate Q8 - Instagram: animate_q8 -CLICK HERE
Dodo-Style - Instagram: dodo.style88 -CLICK HERE
Pro Gaming Online Store - Instagram - pgamingkw -CLICK HERE
q8 Toy shop - Instagram: q8_toys -CLICK HERE
Gulf Gameboy - Instagram: gulf_gameboy -CLICK HERE
Mohammad Al Otaibi - Instagram: ba7waitee -CLICK HERE
Abdulla Al Sager - Instagram: _aa1987 -CLICK HERE
Hussain Abbas - Instagram: hussain_ahaa -CLICK HERE
Anbro2 - Instagram: anbro2 -CLICK HERE
Ai Show Store - Instagram: ai_showq8 -CLICK HERE
T-shirts Kuwait - Instagram: teebros - CLICK HERE
Comics Center - Instagram: comics_centere -CLICK HERE
Pixel your Life - Instagram: nixel.q8 - CLICK HERE
Otakunation Store - Instagram: otakunation.store -CLICK HERE
Black Beard - Instagram: black_beard_ kw -CLICK HERE
Khaled Al Raed - Instagram: toxic.kw -CLICK HERE
Lucifer Kuwait - Instagram: lucifer.kwt -CLICK HERE
Controller q8 - Instagram: controller_q8 -CLICK HERE
q8 Akuma - Instagram: q8.akuma -CLICK HERE
Nano Mangas - Instagram: nanomangas -CLICK HERE
Anime4you Kuwait - Instagram: anime4you_q8 -CLICK HERE
Gamer Snack - Instagram: gamer_snack -CLICK HERE
Angel Ashknani - Instagram: kuwaitya_gamer -CLICK HERE
Abdulla Asghar - Instagram: 4gx -CLICK HERE
Gamers RA (Rafouyi and Anous) - Instagram: gamers_ra -CLICK HERE

Previous related Post.
CLICK HERE to check out this year's SuperCon Kuwait 2017 Post.
CLICK HERE to check out this year's Cosplayer HQ 2017 post.
CLICK HERE to check out this year's GX/KBR 2017 post.
CLICK HERE to check out last year's GX/KBR 2016 post.
CLICK HERE to check out this year's COMIC CON 2017 KUWAIT post.
CLICK HERE to check out one of the first Cosplay contest conducted in Kuwait post.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Parents residency renewal procedure for Expats in Kuwait

Photo Courtesy to MoI - Article 22 F Sample
Parents (Dependent) Residency Renewal as of 11/09/2017. (Article 22 for sponsor’s parents) – Around 12,000-13,000 people in Kuwait under this article need to get their residency upgraded in the 4 months since the Executive bylaws were added on June 20, 2017. That is before 20 October 2017.

IN SHORT version: Process is same as previously done. Get Government Health Insurance for KD (50+2) for 1 year. Then with that insurance paper approach any Private Insurance Company – Head offices only (Kuwait Insurance Company, Gulf Insurance, Warba and others). Mention Keyword – “Insurance for Residency”. They will issue insurance (for KD 3000) by charging an amount of KD 150 + 1. The set of papers they give should be attached along with your Residency Renewal Application process. Get to Jawazat and follow procedures (Additional step before final submission and payment of KD 200 – sign by Director General of the Governorate – Mudeer Aam) 

Therefore – Current charges of process (For ONE, 1 Dependent/Parent) are as follows:
  • Government Health Insurance – KD 50 + 2
  • Private Health Insurance – KD 150 + 1
  • Application Typing – KD 0.5 or KD 1
  • Residency charges at MoI Passport (Jawazat) Office – KD 200
  • Civil ID Renewal – KD 5
  • Final Satisfaction – PRICELESS.
Total amount spent - KD 409 (for one parent for a year)
Duration of Process – Minimum 2 working days to 5 working days.

DETAILED Version 
1. Government Health Insurance – (Duration 1 session Morning or Afternoon) Timings 7am till 4pm with break.
Documents Needed - Civil ID Copy of Parent, Civil ID Copy of Sponsor, Passport Size photo of Parent (which will be returned after scanning). KD 50 + 2 (KD 50 per year) (Mention Mobile number of civil Id copy of Parent)

2. Private Health Insurance – (Duration 15 minutes) only done at Head Office branch of any private Insurance Company. Since this is a newly added process, it will be difficult to get to the right person handling it. Hence, the keyword “Insurance for Iqama – Residency” Timings (7:30 am till 3pm on weekdays)
Documents Needed – Just the Government Health Insurance Receipt and Cash or KNET of KD 150+1 (KD 150 per year)

3. MoI Residency Renewal Application Typing – (Tajdeed Iqama Lil Aba wal Ummi ) KD 0.5 or KD 1 (Any Typing Center or Translation Centers)
Documents Needed – Civil ID Copy of Parent and Sponsor, Passport and Residency copy of Parents, Also mention mobile number and Sponsor will need to sign application form.

4. MoI Passport Office for Expatriates – (Duration 1 day to 2 days depending on Coupon/Token number, Quantity of people [more] or employee [less] and mood factor.) (Timings 7:30am till 1:15pm - weekdays)
Documents Needed – Application Form with Photo pasted, Sign of Sponsor on application form, Attachments – Government Health Insurance Receipt, Private Health Insurance Receipt documents, Passport and Residency page of Parent, Civil ID copy of Parent and Sponsor, Original Passport of Parent.
a. TOKEN to be taken at SECTION for Application checking section (Welcome/Istaqbal). Original Passport need not be submitted here.
b. TOKEN to be taken at Cashier Section where KD 200 needs to be paid (CASH).
c. TOKEN to be taken at the Director General office (or just ask for a signature – Tajdeed Iqama Lil Aba wal Ummi)
d. TOKEN to be taken for Section for Final submission of documents – HERE submit documents along with PASSPORT.

5. Civil ID Renewal through Website, Phone or Mobile Application. KD 5 to be paid Online using KNET (Timings for Delivery 7 am till 8pm weekdays)

References (Newspaper Article):
  • 09/09/2017 – Dual Health Insurance for Parents (CLICK HERE)
Photo Courtesy to Arab Times
  • 26/07/2017 - Entry on Family Visas Awaits MP approval on Health Fees - Nod to Above-Quota Foreign Hires for KD 250 (CLICK HERE)
Photo Courtesy to Arab Times
  • 20/06/2017 - Rectify Status of parents, Siblings in 4 months or Leave - Insurance of KD 3,000/- Mandatory for Annual Medical expenses (CLICK HERE)
Photo Courtesy to Arab Times
  • 20/06/2017 - Bylaws issued for Parental Residence - Parents cannot sponsor Children above 24 yrs on Family Visa (CLICK HERE)

Photo Courtesy to Arab Times
  • 19/06/2017 - KD 3,000 Docus Mandatory for Sponsoring Parents or Siblings (CLICK HERE)
Photo Courtesy to Arab Times
  • 14/06/2017 - Parents and Siblings Residence Fees to increase to KD 300, Health Insurance KD 200- Sponsors Salary KD 1000 (CLICK HERE)
Photo Courtesy to Arab Times
  • 13/06/2017 - Parents and Siblings, can now Renew their Visas, Insurance cost may reach KD 300 per year per person (CLICK HERE)
Photo Courtesy to Arab Times
  • 10/06/2017 - MP Queries Family Visa Policy - Fees Questioned (CLICK HERE)
Photo Courtesy to Arab Times
  • 04/06/2017 - Rethink on Family Visas - Decision Expected to Freeze (CLICK HERE)
Photo Courtesy to Arab Times
  • 01/06/2017 - Interior's decision to limit family visas taken after conducting many studies (CLICK HERE)
Photo Courtesy to Arab Times
  • 31/05/2017 - New visa ban puts families in serious crisis (CLICK HERE)
Photo Courtesy to Arab Times
  • 21/06/2017 - Al Rai Newspaper. Residency for Parents will cost KD 1100 and 1700 yearly. (Arabic and English Translation)
Photo Courtesy to Al Rai Newspaper (Arabic)
Photo Courtesy to Al Rai Newspaper & Google Translate (English Translation)
Currently still searching for the MoI Bylaw copy.