Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ramadan 2017 - 1438 Working hours

Ramadan 1438 which coincides with May-June 2017 leads to some changes in Kuwait. The working hours of employees for government sector reduces from 35 hours a week to 25 hours a week. On the other hand, for private firms, it is reduced from 48 hours to 36 hours a week. Basically, 2 hours is removed from each day. This is the privilege that the government of Kuwait provides for the people during the month of Ramadan. The official timings for the government sectors are provided by the Assistant Undersecretary for Diwan Affairs and Manpower at the Civil Service Commission (CSC) which are as follows (Based on Circular no 1-2017 dated 23/05/2017):


The following government bodies are functioning from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.
  • Ministry of Justice.
  • Ministry of Public Works.
  • Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Ministry of Communications.
  • Ministry of Education.
  • Ministry of Information.
  • Public Authority for Housing Welfare.
  • Kuwaiti Public Institutions
  • Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources.
  • Public Authority for Youth.
  • Public Authority for Sports.
  • Environment Public Authority.
  • Public Authority for Industry.
  • Public Authority of Minor Affairs.
  • Kuwait General Administration of Customs.
  • Kuwait Fire Service Directorate.
  • Kuwait Credit Bank.
  • Zakat House.
  • Kuwait Municipality.
  • Civil Service Commission.
  • National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters.
  • Ministry of State for Youth Affairs.
Rest of the government bodies will work from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.

Words of caution, the work pace in the month of Ramadan in Kuwait slows down. Also, for the above mentioned times, people will be taking break during the Noon prayers (Zuhr/Dhur) which is around 11:40 am. So one will not find people sitting at the tables between 11:50 am till around 12:15 pm. So one should keep this in mind as one's patience will be tested.
Photo Courtesy to Civil Service Commission Circular No 1-2017
CLICK HERE for previous year's post of Ramadan 2016 Working Hours.
CLICK HERE for previous year's post of Ramadan 2015 Working Hours.
CLICK HERE for previous year's post of Ramadan 2014 Working Hours.

CLICK HERE for previous year's post of Ramadan 2013 Working Hours.

CLICK HERE for previous year's post of Ramadan 1438 - 2017.
Ramadan Prayer Times

Photo Courtesy to The Times - Ramadan Prayer Times

Kuwait Bank Timings announced by Kuwait Banking Association (CLICK HERE for source). The working hours for the employees are 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. While Customer / Client services will be 10 am to 1:30 pm. This was issued by the Kuwait Banking Association which was received from Central Bank of Kuwait.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ramadan 1438 - 2017

The ninth month of the Islamic calendar year, the month of Ramadan is held highly by the Muslims across the world. This month which is given great importance as the Noble and Glorious Quran was first revealed during this month to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). The importance of this event was more reinforced by having this month as the 'Month of fasting'. Also to reinforce a Muslim's Taqwa (God Consciousness), during this month one has to be generous and charitable. Also on a lighter note, it is said that all the divine books revealed to all the messengers were first revealed during the month of Ramadan.(Go Figure).

UPDATE on the exact date will be made after the ANNOUNCEMENT by Moon Sighting Committee.
Saudi Arabia - The High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia announces tomorrow,Friday to be 30th Shaban 1438 as the nascent moon was not sighted. The council observed the nascent moon on 26/05/2017. Therefore, 1st Day of Ramadan to start on Saturday, 27th May 2017.

The Month of Ramadan in Kuwait starts either on Friday 26/05/2017 (Friday) or 27/05/2017 (Saturday) .Since the previous Islamic month of Shaban completes 29 or 30 days is the deciding factor. This year the chances of Shaban being 30 days is high due to the previous month of Rajab being 29 and also based on the scientific astronomical calculations (ASTRONOMICAL not ASTROLOGICAL). In any case, always any decision for the start of any Islamic month can only be made based on the sighting of the Hilal moon (Nascent Crescent of the moon). Any other information made in advance is at best tentative. Wishing everyone a Ramadan Kareem, hoping for all of us to better ourselves as humans (as is the need of the hour).

Muslims fast from Dawn to Sunset.
  • Dawn : the first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise.
  • Sunset : the time in the evening when the sun disappears.
In Kuwait the decision factor for announcing about the sighting of the nascent moon is done by the Hilal moon sighting committee comprising of Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and other key members. This year the committee will be gathering on 25/05/2017 around 7 pm after Maghreb (Sunset) prayers at Kuwait Institute for Judicial & Legal Studies.
Photo Courtesy to the Official Gazette for the State of Kuwait 'Kuwait Al Youm'
In Saudi Arabia, the decision factor is done by the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia.
Twitter Handle of Fatwa Council in Madeenah, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia update:
Moon not sighted on 25/05/2017 - Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Update (26/05/2017)
1st Day of Ramadan on Saturday - 27/05/2017 - Saudi Arabia



CLICK HERE for my post on 'Ramadan 1437 - 2016 & Eid'
CLICK HERE for my post on 'Ramadan 2016 - 1437 Working Hours'.

CLICK HERE for my post on 'Ramadan 1436 - 2015'.
CLICK HERE for my post on 'Ramadan 2015 working hours in Kuwait'.

CLICK HERE for my last year's post 'Ramadan 1435 - 2014'.
CLICK HERE for my last year's post 'Ramadan 2014 working hours'.
CLICK HERE for my last year's post 'Masjids in Ramadan 2014'.

CLICK HERE for my post 'Ramadan 1434 - 2013'.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

GX/KBR 2017 Starts Today (Kuwait Battle Royale/Cosplay/Gaming Expo)

Photo courtesy to FikraKW
Right Here, Right now, GX/KBR 2017 kicks off in Kuwait International Fairgrounds, Hall 5. The 3 day event covers a variety of entertainment from Kuwait Battle Royale to Cosplay contest. Kudos for FIKRA kuwait to pull off yet again another Game and Media Entertainment Expo. Click on the links below to be directed to the schedule lists or the social media accounts which will update you on the current happenings.

3 day schedule of the event: CLICK HERE.
Layout of the Hall 5 at KIF: CLICK HERE.
Kuwait Battle Royale Bracket List: CLICK HERE. (9 Brackets including 2 for Wii U)

USE the Hashtag #GX2017 #KBR2017

Fikra and event Information.
Instagram: CLICK HERE
Facebook: CLICK HERE
Twitter: CLICK HERE
Twitch: CLICK HERE
Snapchat: FikraKW
Website: CLICK HERE
Blog: CLICK HERE
Location: CLICK HERE (29.270933, 48.046258) Also refer map down.

Kuwait Battle Royale consist of games (All the below are Double Elimination matches)
  • Super Smash Bros for Wii U (2 brackets with a total of 43 players)
  • Street Fighter V (2 brackets with a total of 41 players)
  • The King of Fighters XIV ( 1 bracket of 29 players)
  • Mortal Kombat X ( 1 bracket of 26 players)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd ( 1 bracket of 26 players)
  • Dead or Alive 5 ( 1 bracket of 15 players)
  • Blazblue Central Fiction (1 bracket of 16 players)
Videogame Music Show with the US Military Band is a high light feature for Day 1 night.

Previous Posts
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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kuwait HAS: Surfing Simulator FlowRider at FlowHouse

Photo Courtesy to FLOWHOUSE Kuwait
Surfing Simulator or Surfing Wave Machine is now available in Kuwait. After their Initial trial during September - October 2016, they are now opening to the public from 16/03/2017. The Surfing Simulator called the FlowRider is part of the full experience one will get at the FlowHouse with its Clear Lounge Oxygen Bar, Restaurant (Ruby Tuesdays) and entertainment area.

CLICK HERE to read the earlier post of Kuwait Needs: Indoor Surf Simulator.

The video below is of the FlowRider at Flowhouse Kuwait.
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Courtesy to FlowHouse Kuwait
Information of FlowHouse Kuwait
Instagram: flowhousekw (CLICK HERE)
Facebook: flowhousekw (CLICK HERE)
Twitter: flowhouse_kw (CLICK HERE)
Contact: CLICK HERE
Timings: 10am till 10pm (7 days a week)
For making Reservations
Phone: +965 22392238, 90013322, 65134134
Email: info@flowhousekw.com

Photo Courtesy to FLOWHOUSE Kuwait
Address
Road 209, 
Salem Sabah Salem Al Sabah St
Abu Halifa (next to Kuwait Magic Mall)


KUWAIT
The Location on the google maps is as below



Clear Lounge Oxygen Bar

Flow House Kuwait is excited to introduce the Clear Lounge Oxygen Bar, a one-of-a-kind diving experience. Feel the weightlessness of the water as you submerge underwater with the flow of cool aromatic oxygen and fun activities in this unique surroundings. True to its name, the Clear Lounge is literally a lounge in the water. From colored LED lamps lighting up the water to an underwater photo booth, this is one experience that is not to be missed! (Info from FlowHouse Kuwait)
 Features of clear lounge oxygen bar
  • Photo Booth
  • Write and Draw underwater
  • Play Jenga
  • Scented oxygen
  • LED Lights & Changing Backgrounds
  • Bubble Guns

Clear Lounge Oxygen Bar. Photo courtesy to FlowHouse Kuwait

Surf & Food
A place to dine and have food for the whole family while enjoying each attraction in FlowHouse. 
Photo Courtesy to FlowHouse Kuwait

Others who have written about FlowHouse Kuwait

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Comic Con Kuwait 2017

Photo Courtesy to Comic Con Kuwait
Comic Con Kuwait kicks off on 9th March 2017 at Kuwait Fairgrounds Mishref Hall 8. This 3 day event being held from Thursday to Saturday with amazing guests, cosplay contests and many more will be site to see.

Guest list include amazing artists & voice actors:

The 3 day event has been set up with convenient timings so that all can enjoy their weekend.
  • March 9th Thursday 4-11 pm
  • March 10th Friday 2-11 pm
  • March 11th Saturday 2-10 pm
Tickets can be purchased from Comic Con Kuwait website (CLICK HERE). Tickets can be purchased for a single day, or for all three days. If one wishes to interact with the comic con guests then they can purchase the PLATINUM tickets. For ticket purchases, CLICK HERE.
The setup of the venue at Kuwait International Fairgrounds in Mishref for HALL NO 8 is as above. There is plenty of things available for a lot of people and the COSPLAY CONTEST will definitely be entertaining with the local talents and others putting their efforts into different characters. CLICK HERE if one wants to register. For Inquiries : +965-50501602 (cosplays)


References and informations

Monday, November 7, 2016

Kuwait Siren Test

UPDATE: Tuesday 08/11/2016 at 10 am, SIREN TEST will take place. (CLICK HERE for source - Ministry of Interior). For any queries, you can call Hotline number 1804000.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013: The Civil Defense Department plans to test the sirens on 27/11/2013 (27th November 2013) at 10 am ( +3 GMT). The Civil Defense Department (officially referred as General Administration of Civil Defense, under the Operations Affair Sector of the Ministry of Interior) conducts the siren test periodically for checking the functionality (periodical maintenance) of the devices and create awareness among the residents of Kuwait.

Modular Speaker Arrays; Photo Courtesy to Bananaq8.com
Currently the type of Sirens installed across Kuwait since 2010 have been Modulator Speaker Arrays (Federal Signal Modulator) which are electronic warning devices. These sirens can also act as a Public Address System and play digital recorded messages. These are omni-directional electronic arrays which mean that they have 360° coverage without any sound variation in all directions. For more information on the MOD / Modulator Speaker Arrays, CLICK HERE. For Wikipedia article on Federal Signal Modulator, CLICK HERE. Also for a newer version of the Modulator II Electronic Siren Series which has been launched in 2013, CLICK HERE. These Modulator Speaker Arrays have been placed around Kuwait and are visible in locations like schools, parks and other places.
MOD II , Photo Courtesy to Federal Signal Distribution
What do all the different sounds / tones of the siren mean? The Civil Defense Department has come up with 3 types of sounds or tones. We as residents in Kuwait should be familiar with these sounds as each have a specific meaning. Another reason for the siren test, is for the emergency services to start preparing themselves accordingly after hearing the different sounds.
  1. Sound : A Single Tone which is not continuous; Intermittent
    Meaning :  Indicates imminent / possible danger ( Caution / Warning )
  2. Sound : A wave sound (continuous ascending and descending tone)
    Meaning : Something has already happened or taking place. ( Danger / Attack )
  3. Sound : A continuous tone (continuous single pitch tone)
    Meaning : Danger is over ( All Clear / Danger has passed )
CLICK HERE for the video (13 mins) (on Youtube by uploader AliUltimate009), which was recorded during the last Siren Test in Kuwait. (22/05/2013) The sounds mentioned above can be heard in proper sequence. Below is the video for the first Federal Signal Modulator test taking place in Kuwait on 13/10/2010 uploaded by the same Youtuber AliUltimate009, CLICK HERE if the embedded video does not work (8mins video).

CLICK HERE if the above video does not work
Nostalgia brings back the older yellow sirens which were used during 1993 and 2003 for warning people when the Air Raids were going on. Also the siren tests which use to take place. Those Thunderbolt (CLICK HERE for Wikipedia Article) models really use to stand out.
Thunder Bolt; Photo Courtesy to Civil Defense Museum and Froyonation
Below is a video of the Thunderbolt in action in Chicago Heights, IL, USA. 
CLICK HERE if the above video does not work
References for the Sirens:

Monday, September 5, 2016

Eid Al Adha 1437 - 2016

The day for Eid Al Adha has been declared. First Day will be on 12th September 2016.
Photo Courtesy to E-Fatwa online
On the evening of Thursday, 1st September 2016, The High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia convened to observe the Hilal Moon sighting. As the moon was not sighted, the next day was declared as the 30th day of that Islamic month. Therefore, the start of the Islamic month, Dhul Hijjah is to be from 3rd September 2016. Based on this information the following is the important dates:
  • 3rd September 2016 - 1st Day of Dhul Hijjah 1437
  • 11th September 2016 - 9th Day of Dhul Hijjah 1437 - Arafat Day
  • 12th September 2016 - 10th Day of Dhul Hijjah 1437 - 1st Day of Eid Al Adha
  • 13th September 2016 - 11th Day of Dhul Hijjah 1437 - 2nd Day of Eid Al Adha
  • 14th September 2016 - 12th Day of Dhul Hijjah 1437 - 3rd Day of Eid Al Adha
The countries that declared similarly to Saudi Arabia are Kuwait, UAE and Turkey. The Fiqh Council of North America and European Council of Fatwa and Research also declared 12th September 2016 as the 1st Day of Eid Al Adha (10th of Zul Hijja) (Source: Saudi Arabian Press AgencyFiqh Council)
Photo Courtesy of The Fiqh Council of North America
The greatest next topic usually after the declaration of Eid Al Adha is how many days of holidays are people going to get. So let the list begin.
  • Kuwait - 9 days - 9 September 2016, Friday - 17 September 2016, Saturday
  • UAE - 9 days  (government) - 9 September 2016, Friday - 17 September 2016, Saturday
  • UAE - 3 days (private) - 11 September 2016, Sunday - 13 September 2016, Tuesday
  • Turkey - 9 days - 10 September 2016, Saturday - 18 September 2016, Sunday
Photo Courtesy to Twitter - HH Sheikh Mohammed Al Makhtoum UAE
Kuwait's Civil Service Commission has declared in their Circular 14-2016 that official holidays observed will be on Sunday 11th, Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th. Thursday 15th will be given as rest day. Official working day resumes from Sunday, 18th September 2016.
Photo Courtesy to Kuwait Civil Service Commission (CSC)

About Eid Al Adha/Bakrid/Bakr-Eid/Eid Al Thani/Qurban Bayram:



The Islamic festival of Eid Al-Adha is celebrated in the Islamic month of Zul Hijjah. The yearly pilgrimage, Hajj to Makkah Mukkaramah / The Honored City of Mecca takes place during this month. From the 8th Zul Hijjah till the 13th Zul Hijjah, variously rituals takes place which are enactment of the events that took place by Prophet Ibrahim / Abraham (A.S), his wife Bibi Hajra / Hagar, their son Prophet Ismail / Ishmael (A.S). The muslims that do not participate in the pilgrimage, Hajj celebrate Eid Al Adha on the 10th, 11th and 12th. They perform the congregational prayer on the first day morning after sunrise. After that until the end of the third day, muslims that are financially sound sacrifice an animal and share it with their family, friends and others.



The first 10 days of Zul Hijjah are given a lot of importance and emphasis by indulging in the remembrance of Allah (SWT).


Photo Courtesy to Islamic Online University
Eid Prayer times for Kuwait on 12th September 2016 at 5:45 am. (All Eid prayers are to be held in Masajed, No outdoor arrangements this year)
    Photo Courtesy of Kuwait Police Department
  • Fajr - 4:10 am
  • Sunrise - 5:31 am
  • Eid Prayers - 5:45 am
  • Zohar - 11:45 am
  • Asr - 3:16 pm
  • Magreb - 5:58 pm
  • Isha - 7:17 pm
Photo Courtesy of Kuwait Police Department
Translation: Cancellation of Outdoor Eid Prayers due to Security Concerns.
42 Emergency Medical Center will be functioning during the Eid Holidays (24 hours) across all of Kuwait - All six Governorates.
Photo Courtesy to Ministry of Health and Kuwait Police Department
Also, the estimated time for the Eid Prayer to take place is 15 minutes after Sunrise (Sunrise at 5:31 am) Therefore time is 5:45 am). The prayer consists of 2 Rakats and is accompanied by a sermon after. It is highly recommended to listen to the Sermon. Some Masjids in Kuwait start the Eid Prayer a little later around 7 am - Urdu, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali (Check with the Masjids earlier to know the exact time). The only main condition for Eid Prayers is that it takes place after Sunrise. This year, the Ministry of Awqaf & Islamic Affairs has requested most of these masajed to perform the Eid prayers earlier. Most people prefer to pray earlier in the day as they will be busy with the sacrifice ritual immediately after the prayers.


The list of temporary slaughter houses have been put up by the Kuwait Municipality. These are to support the 5 main slaughter houses in reducing the burden. The 5 main slaughter houses will be working in full capacity throughout the Eid Holidays. The 12 temporary slaughter houses are in accordance to Environment Public Authority (EPA) rules and regulations. It is highly recommended not to take photography or videos (snapchat, instagram, vine, facebook, twitter, periscope and others) at the slaughter houses. (Another source : ARAB TIMES)

Temporary Abattoirs / Slaughter House (Asimah) City Governorate
S.No.
Area
Site Location
1
Shuwaikh
Next to the Car Park of Asimah Immigration
Opposite Al Khaldiya Area
2
Kaifan
Block 3, Next Afrah Boodi Hall
Temporary Abattoirs / Slaughter House Hawally Governorate
S.No.
Area
Site Location
1
Salwa
Area 5, Next to the Co-op Society
2
Zahra
Opposite Public Authority for Housing Welfare
3
Rumaithiya
Opposite to the Main Co-op Society
Temporary Abattoirs / Slaughter House Farwaniya Governorate
S.No.
Area
Site Location
1
Farwaniya
Street 106, Near to Masjid Monawar Al Monawar
2
Abdulla Al Mubarak
2nd Street, Opposite to Masjid Taiba Al Rooeh
3
Ardhiya
Block 5, Street 55, Next to KFH, Opposite Saraj Al Muneer Center
4
Ishbilya
Street 216, Block 2, Opposite Amar Bin Rabeah Primary Boys School
5
Sabah Al Nasir
Street 106, Block 4, Masjid Al Marjah
Temporary Abattoirs / Slaughter House Ahmadi Governorate
S.No.
Area
Site Location
1
Ali Al Salem
(Umm Haiman)
Entry into the area from Kind Abdulaziz Expressway
Next to Main Co-op Society
2
Jaber Al Ali
Entry into the area from King Fahd Expressway
Next to School near Co-op Society
Photo Courtesy to Kuwait Municipality - Baladia
Kuwait Municipality prepares 12 Temporary Abattoirs / Slaughter Houses for Eid
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