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Abdallah from Kuwait

Abdallah from Kuwait

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My name is Abdallah and I'm Kuwaiti. My mother is Iraqi and my father is Persian so I'm a mixture of two amazing cultures and traditions. I have one older brother and three younger sisters, it is a typical family number here in Kuwait. I live with my parents as it's really common for boys to live with their parents even after they are married. Usually, when girls marry, they live with their husbands in their father-in-law's house. It is hard to buy a house at the beginning of a couple's life together, and it's also very expensive to rent an apartment. My sisters visit us most evenings and at the weekend - either Friday or Saturday - all the family gather for lunch and stay till late at night. This is a typical tradition here. We talk about everything; what people have been doing in the week, any problems anybody has, and we play with the kids.

Here I am at the aquarium in Kuwait. I'm holding a starfish!

Kuwait is next to the Persian Sea, Iraq is to the north, Saudi Arabia to the south and Iran is to the east. It is a very small country and a lot of the country is desert. Kuwait has two long seasons, winter and summer; spring and autumn are very short. In the summer, many people travel to get away from the hot weather because the temperature can reach over 50 degrees! But, in the winter, the temperature can go down to two degrees! Some people say it is colder than Europe, even at the same temperature, because the air is very dry. 

Al Hamra Tower is the biggest building in Kuwait.

Kuwait has many interesting places to visit. Top of the list should be Mubarkeya Souq, a local market, it is very traditional and shows how Kuwait was in the past. You can find local food and desserts, a fish market, a vegetable market and traditional clothes. I always go there at weekends. Tourists can go to shopping malls, international restaurants, cafes, skating, museums, the science centre (which has a 3D cinema and aquarium), the opera or Kuwait's many towers. On my birthday I went to Dubai to skydive, it was a memorable and amazing experience. This is the photo you can see at the top of the page. I am in my Chelsea shirt!! 

Food in Kuwait mainly comes from...

Mubarkeya Souq is a traditional market in Kuwait.

...India because, in the past, Kuwaitis sailed to India to trade in pearls, which are small white balls found inside oysters (a type of shellfish) and are considered to be valuable jewels. Many of the people who sailed to India decided to stay and they married and learnt about Indian food and cuisine. This knowledge was brought back to Kuwait. Most of this food is rice and I don't think it is that healthy because it is always cooked with fat such as corn oil or fried. I prefer healthy and organic food.

My football hero...

Abdallah's football hero in action against his favourite club - Chelsea.

...is Paolo Maldini. I admire him because I like the kind of players who are loyal to their clubs and their fans. Maldini never moved clubs and played 902 times for AC Milan over 15 years. He could have moved clubs for more money but decided to stay. Locally, I admire a player named Jasem Sultan. He was a Kuwaiti international although he retired in 1988. Recently he has been recognised as one of the best ever players from Asia by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). His goal against Czechoslavakia in the 1982 World Cup is considered to be one of the best goals in the history of the World Cup by FIFA. This is the only time Kuwait have qualified for a World Cup, but they have won the Asian Cup (1980) and are the most successful team in the Gulf region - they have won the Gulf Cup of Nations a record 10 times. In 1998, Kuwait was ranked 24 in the world by FIFA.

I support...

I started supporting Chelsea because of Gianfranco Zola.

...Chelsea. The story started back in 1994, when I saw some Italy matches. I saw Gianfranco Zola play only one minute as as a subtitute and he got a red card! Despite this, he got my attention so I watched him playing for Chelsea and I enjoyed his performances.

My favourite football quote is...

Chelsea FC - Pride of London.

Written on flags inside Stamford Bridge Stadium.

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
13/06/2020
TR
6473
points

It's very nice to know more about you and your country Abdallah
Very nice to know about your weekly family gatherings
Intersting to know about the relationship between India and Kuwait as well so Indian food is so popular globally even in the UK
Good luck with your favourite team with Lamps as Blue is the Colour :)
Wish you the best life dear brother :)


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mobeckham
13/06/2020 14:06
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

It's very nice to know more about you and your country Abdallah
Very nice to know about your weekly family gatherings
Intersting to know about the relationship between India and Kuwait as well so Indian food is so popular globally even in the UK
Good luck with your favourite team with Lamps as Blue is the Colour :)
Wish you the best life dear brother :)

Abdallah
15/06/2020
KW
1814
points

Nice to meet you, I have been many times in Turkey I really like it, I have enjoyed all my holiday there, especially the Turkish food and Hamam . I really miss Turkish tea.
It’s been awhile since last time been there, but absolutely I’m coming inshallah soon.

Hope see your team be more competitive next season. ;)


Abdallah
15/06/2020 02:43
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

Nice to meet you, I have been many times in Turkey I really like it, I have enjoyed all my holiday there, especially the Turkish food and Hamam . I really miss Turkish tea.
It’s been awhile since last time been there, but absolutely I’m coming inshallah soon.

Hope see your team be more competitive next season. ;)

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assemjuve
12/07/2017
PS
3705
points

I am surprised with new information i have not known before,the life here in the UAE is too close to live in Kwate.


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assemjuve
12/07/2017 21:40
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I am surprised with new information i have not known before,the life here in the UAE is too close to live in Kwate.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
09/05/2017
SD
2903
points

Thaks Abdu. It's so cool to know all this about you and your country.
I know it well because there are many Sudanese people working there, and they say it's very nice country. However Kuwait is a dominant team in the Gulf Region, I allways watch the Gulf Cup. I remember once Kuwait National Team played Real Madrid.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
09/05/2017 20:00
Sudan
Liverpool
2903

Thaks Abdu. It's so cool to know all this about you and your country.
I know it well because there are many Sudanese people working there, and they say it's very nice country. However Kuwait is a dominant team in the Gulf Region, I allways watch the Gulf Cup. I remember once Kuwait National Team played Real Madrid.

Emil
29/04/2017
RU
241
points

Correct me
I was very interesting article. Thank you Abdallah! I have known a lot of interesting things about Kuwait that I didn't know early. I want someday visit Kuwait, because it is very curious country. Can you say more about your traditional food? What is most common and popular food in your country?


Emil
29/04/2017 14:43
Russia
Chelsea
241

Correct me
I was very interesting article. Thank you Abdallah! I have known a lot of interesting things about Kuwait that I didn't know early. I want someday visit Kuwait, because it is very curious country. Can you say more about your traditional food? What is most common and popular food in your country?

Abdallah
01/05/2017
KW
1814
points

You are very welcome any time , it will be my pleasure to show you my country.
We have a lot of traditional food and lovely desserts . The most common and popular food are ( Makboos ) it is yellow rice cooked with corn oil with chicken , meat or fish . ( Motabag ) it's yellow rice with chicken , meat and fish , the difference between these meals is the way of putting the meat wether upside the rice or below the rice . The third meal is Indian called ( Baryani) .
Moreover the desserts are ( Darabeel) ( Rahash) (Aasedah) it's all made of eggs , sugar , oil , wheat and I forget the rests because I'm not good at cooking . You can find these meals and desserts in all houses and restaurants.


Abdallah
01/05/2017 17:31
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

You are very welcome any time , it will be my pleasure to show you my country.
We have a lot of traditional food and lovely desserts . The most common and popular food are ( Makboos ) it is yellow rice cooked with corn oil with chicken , meat or fish . ( Motabag ) it's yellow rice with chicken , meat and fish , the difference between these meals is the way of putting the meat wether upside the rice or below the rice . The third meal is Indian called ( Baryani) .
Moreover the desserts are ( Darabeel) ( Rahash) (Aasedah) it's all made of eggs , sugar , oil , wheat and I forget the rests because I'm not good at cooking . You can find these meals and desserts in all houses and restaurants.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
28/04/2017
UA
6204
points

Thanks a lot for plenty of interesting information. I remember that the Kuwaitis took part in the 1982 WC in Spain. In a way, the game between Kuwait and France "connected" Ukraine and Kuwait :-) 
(c) 

After managing a 1-1 draw in their match against Czechoslovakia, Kuwait faced France.

Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the then president of the Kuwait Football Association, left his seat from the stands and stormed onto the field, removing his players from the field in protest of a French goal that he believed had been scored only after his players had heard a whistle blown from the stands and stopped playing. The match official, Ukrainian Miroslav Stupar, wilted in the spotlight and reversed his original decision, disallowing the goal, the only time a World Cup decision was vetoed by a member of the crowd. The French still won the match 4-1.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
28/04/2017 16:59
Ukraine
Liverpool
6204

Thanks a lot for plenty of interesting information. I remember that the Kuwaitis took part in the 1982 WC in Spain. In a way, the game between Kuwait and France "connected" Ukraine and Kuwait :-) 
(c) 

After managing a 1-1 draw in their match against Czechoslovakia, Kuwait faced France.

Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the then president of the Kuwait Football Association, left his seat from the stands and stormed onto the field, removing his players from the field in protest of a French goal that he believed had been scored only after his players had heard a whistle blown from the stands and stopped playing. The match official, Ukrainian Miroslav Stupar, wilted in the spotlight and reversed his original decision, disallowing the goal, the only time a World Cup decision was vetoed by a member of the crowd. The French still won the match 4-1.

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Liubomyr
27/04/2017
UA
4408
points

Very interesting Abdallah, especially about Kuwaiti ties with India. I found many new interesting thing about your country.
Also I remembered that few years ago I read an interview with Ukrainian referee (he represented Soviet Union at that time) who worked on the WC1982 match Kuwait vs. France and he recalled the controversial episode which happened in that game.


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Liubomyr
27/04/2017 10:54
Ukraine
Watford
4408

Very interesting Abdallah, especially about Kuwaiti ties with India. I found many new interesting thing about your country.
Also I remembered that few years ago I read an interview with Ukrainian referee (he represented Soviet Union at that time) who worked on the WC1982 match Kuwait vs. France and he recalled the controversial episode which happened in that game.

Abdallah
01/05/2017
KW
1814
points

Yes and it's the first and only time that happened in all world cup tournaments


Abdallah
01/05/2017 17:20
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

Yes and it's the first and only time that happened in all world cup tournaments

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RafaelRC
25/04/2017
BR
663
points

In the summer is very hot. I'm impressed 50 degrees!!!!!
I would like to know your country. The market seems very cool.


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RafaelRC
25/04/2017 01:45
Brazil
Wolverhampton Wanderers
663

In the summer is very hot. I'm impressed 50 degrees!!!!!
I would like to know your country. The market seems very cool.

Abdallah
25/04/2017
KW
1814
points

Hi Rafael. Many Brazilians visited us and they said we are similar to you . You can watch on YouTube their visit such as Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho ,Kaka and all the barzil national team . You are right the market is very local and interesting . Hope u visit us once


Abdallah
25/04/2017 10:56
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

Hi Rafael. Many Brazilians visited us and they said we are similar to you . You can watch on YouTube their visit such as Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho ,Kaka and all the barzil national team . You are right the market is very local and interesting . Hope u visit us once

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shobonenok
24/04/2017
RU
989
points

Is it dangerous to have borders with Iraq now? Do you feel the ISIS threat?


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shobonenok
24/04/2017 19:08
Russia
Manchester City
989

Is it dangerous to have borders with Iraq now? Do you feel the ISIS threat?

Abdallah
25/04/2017
KW
1814
points

Actually no because Isis almost gone in Iraq and they are far away from us.


Abdallah
25/04/2017 10:52
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

Actually no because Isis almost gone in Iraq and they are far away from us.

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aragorn1986
23/04/2017
ME
3557
points

I didn't know that Kuwaitis sailed to India to trade in pearls. I would like to visit your country one day and try some local food. Nice article!


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aragorn1986
23/04/2017 15:03
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I didn't know that Kuwaitis sailed to India to trade in pearls. I would like to visit your country one day and try some local food. Nice article!

Abdallah
25/04/2017
KW
1814
points

Thanks Aragorn. You are very welcome but don't cone in summer you will melt . You should come in winter you will enjoy much


Abdallah
25/04/2017 10:51
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

Thanks Aragorn. You are very welcome but don't cone in summer you will melt . You should come in winter you will enjoy much

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