Heater ‘Scavenger Hunt’ Paves Way For Summer ‘Exodus’


Summer in Kuwait – Somewhere Off Abu Halifa

With the short rainy season behind us and the shorter spring almost over, we look forward with much trepidation to summer time here in Kuwait with its usual super heat and mugginess. Although if you have arrived in Kuwait in winter, you would think the cold so severe it would last forever (you probably rushed like everyone else to purchase some new electrical portable heaters).

We had a nasty cold snap last year too, the market ran out of portable heaters, people travelled to their chalets or farms to get heaters and bring them home – we also heard of people travelling to Saudi Arabia to purchase oil heaters (a very popular item in Kuwait – since many people here even with central air-conditioning abhor central heating because they wake up suffering from throat dryness, headaches and fall ill).

Surprisingly, we learnt the Saudis themselves came to Kuwait to look for the same type of heaters because they ran out as well.

As for myself, I ended up scavenging the heater from the driver’s room since he was away on his leave, lucky devil.

Of course the big hot summer will be upon us in no time and we will miss the cold, its memory long gone; we will start complaining about how stifling the heat is, and questioning what the heck we are all doing here when everyone is drifting to a cooler climate.

The big deal this summer is the decision by the Ministry of Education to delay the start of the school year to coincide with the end of the holy month of Ramadan, adding more inanity to our educational system. Indeed, many have seized this opportunity and are planning to spend the month of August and first half of September outside Kuwait, like they used to do many moons ago when Ramadan was during the summer season (tickets to Lebanon a favorite destination for a lot of the locals are already sold out for that period).

It would be funny as hell if the Lebanese expatriate community remained in Kuwait (because airline tickets are sold out) while the Kuwaitis travel to Lebanon for the summer.

We only hope that the protagonists in Lebanon remain calm and the Israelis don’t start another war to ruin the tourist season there.

9 thoughts on “Heater ‘Scavenger Hunt’ Paves Way For Summer ‘Exodus’

  1. Its really funny how we react to extremes, but you can’t really blame them. And the heat is going to be tough! I like that the country is going to be empty, that means there is going to be less traffic!

  2. The heat is tough, but the highways are heaven – both during the summer evacuation and Ramadan. I sometimes have a really tough decision to make, when to travel, because I love the freedom to drive!

  3. Z District ;
    Maybe because of the Extreme climate we have more Extremists ?
    Intlxpatr ;
    Stick around and drive all you want , try some over speeding for a change

  4. the good news today that schools will start after ramadan 🙂
    i wish also that lebanon stay calm this summer
    i wonder why all disasters happened in new year or summer times !

  5. i agree, that our winters are soo sooo sooo cold! and the heaters were all sold out from the market. smart me, i bought so many extra’s;p
    i reccomend that you get the electric blanket, you better get extra’s before everyone recognizes its amazing ability in keeping you warm all winter !;)
    now that summer is here, we can enjoy our time in the shalaih, swimming and water activities! the last challenge we have to face, is this dust, its only sollution is to travel..
    another challenge is… Where to travel during ramadan?
    my eldest daughter recommends that we go to Australia , because she says the sun sets very early there, so we can break the fast soon;D

  6. Nikon8
    Disaster happen in new year or summer times because of bad intentions النية
    We wish peaceful summer for all

  7. Um Alzain ;
    I think many people here in Kuwait are afraid to use electrical blankets , but it is very common in the states but not Europe .
    Australia sounds so cool and cold in August their winter , Great idea .
    but some people are planning to come back for Ramadan because they say it is the best Month in Kuwait

  8. Has anyone budget-minded stayed in Kuwait lately? If so, what sort of prices did you pay for a cheap night’s accommodation? Am going to be there for two nights., and would love not to spend stupid quantities of money for a bed.
    Why you didn’t order heaters online?

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