Published on Monday, January 31, 2011
Chloro‘feel’ Ahmadi’s leafy spots & Lightlife!
- Indira Priya Rajan.
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A glimpse at this title, it seems like it is presenting ‘Colva beach to Goans’ for the families residing around Fahaheel & Abu-Halifa areas. ‘Al-Ahmadi’ is that kinda own picnicking spot for them and the Schools here. But this green Garden deserves a visit by everyone living in Kuwait and for those just landed in this ‘Lights’ season. Entering this township, you will see planted boulevards, shrubs, lawns and mixed plantings far and wide. The ‘Catholic faithful’ attending mass in Maliya or Salmiya, for a change can attend the ‘Our lady of Arabia’ mother Church gifted by KOC. This Church sustained damages during War, but is well rebuilt. St. Paul’s CSI congregation is equally eventful on the weekends. Few years back, while we drove searching for a Neem tree on all the streets of Ahmadi, I realized the ‘work of wind’ for centuries has made this venue as an elevated place sloping towards Fahaheel Sea. The high area was selected to build Crude storage Tank farms and the Port Mina Ahmadi being on a lower level technically aided Crude oil to ‘flow by gravity’ from Ahmadi Tanks to the Tanker Ships on the Port inside Refinery. The mild slope landscapes are like Essex County and the Burgan Oil fields nearby prompted KOC to construct its ‘Home’ here in late 1940’s. The first Crude Oil shipment commenced in 1946. Even if Burgan was discovered in 1938, World War II delayed production and export. Burgan is the heart of Kuwait’s Oil backed economy.

Ahmadi was named after the then ‘Emir H.H Sheikh Ahmed’. This private preserve of KOC is a unique town and has surprisingly pleasant Parks and Sports complexes. Hubara & Unity Clubs are for KOC employees, however, all the Parks are open to Public. Ahmadi not only has clean streets but also numerous roundabouts and speed bumps. The turning radius is acute at few places and please take care while driving. The free entry BBQ Public Park near the Old Ahmadi Cinema theatre is frequented by all ages. This park has a mini Zoo too and is an ideal place for kids cycling and skating.

Food can be ordered from many Indian/Arabic restaurants in the Sultan Center area or the ‘Shopping center’ to deliver inside the Parks. The Classical Park, opposite D.P.S school has a fine swimming pool and food is served around the pool inside tents and huts. If the family is not getting well with the silent inexpensive Ahmadi’s arts, then drive on that evening to nearby Sabahiya’s “Marah Land Park” which has many ‘paid rides’ and a Circus, on road 212 towards Fahaheel. The walking pathway opposite to the Governorate is a long oval track frequented by Locals. KOC’s 2011 celebrations already started here with lavish decorative LED lights from advanced lighting technologies. On KOC’s expense, this place on any flashing Friday gives us a fairy tale life with fun, food and family games inside the Parks until 11pm. Cricketers echo their willow knocks and Soccer players create waves further influencing this English ambience during the sunny day hours.

The so called ‘Japanese’ Park or the KISR bioremediation Park is not familiar to the Public. A large group of people can utilize this park which is just opposite to the Governorate on the south side. Few were lucky to sight ‘fennec fox’ a cat sized furred fox in this area (FOX news??). The fruit market displayed ‘Frout’! on the right side of Sultan Center has ‘dates’ put on sale inside glass bowls. Taste Lebanese-honey dipped seedless dates with badam or cashew nuts inside with a cup of sugar free black Tea or brewed Coffee. Trial test the Chicken-kebabs of Mahata matham or Shesh-tawooq of Jazeera restaurant in Ahmadi with a sip of Pepsi. Holy food and bites! The KFC/ Hardees are new here with fewer crowds. Due to township renovation, few shops may get relocated. Drive in and around Ahmadi to escape from the usual hustle and bustle of other crowded commercial areas and in addition get to enjoy the cleanest and greenest quality town in Kuwait during this spring with all the simple pleasures of Kuwait life. Start your Camera!
‘Back to foam & lights season’ and ss..praying foamless celebrations!!!


Special “THANKS” to “KOC” for the tantalizing light grapes.

Celebrations venue      :   Road 212 end, in the Park on the back side of Governorate.
Route                           :    Roads 212 & 304 meet Ahmadi from Expressways 30 & 40.
Ahmadi Park location :   Block 10, mid 7th street, open 7am to 11pm.
Marah Land Park         :   http://www.marahlandpark.com/ 2362 4500/ 2362 0057.
Indian Restaurants       :   SAS- 2398 3500 / Mughal Style- 2398 0770 in Block 4.              
Arabic Restaurants      :   Choo lazeez-2398 3766 / Mahatta-2398 7509 /
Jazeera- 2398 7500 / Penguin Oasis- 23988865.                                         

                                                      

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Indira rajan
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2011
Thanks Satya & Lalitha. Encouraging compliments to move around!!
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Satya & Lalitha
Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Really appreciate your concerted effort in bringing to light the beauty of Kuwait. I'm not sure if a Tourism Dept. exists in Kuwait, but you guys deserve to be the brand ambassador for the State of Kuwait, as you keep delivering valuable iputs time and again to the otherwise sleeping city that we live in. We never knew about Japanese park in spite of being around Ahmadi umpteen times. Hats off to you, Indu & Rajan.
Indira rajan
Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011
KNPC Head Office building is colourful today with a Novel design of colour changing string lights on the elevation. Another feather on the cap of Ahmadi Lightings !!
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Muzaffar
Posted on Sunday, February 6, 2011
AHMADI- We really appreciate kuwiat oil company for making ahmadi town look so beautiful...



i hope india also does somethng like this.
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Indira rajan
Posted on Saturday, February 5, 2011
Thanks all! 'Once in a while Q8 weather gives us a fairy tale outdoor, which we must utilise'.



The 'Marah land Park' in Sabahiya is a lovely place. Entry ticket is 1/2 K.D for all above 3 yrs age. The Park opens at 1PM on Friday and 10AM on Saturday. The gentle rides like Bob-cat, Viking ship, vast planted areas and water pond with fish will charm all ages.
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lakshmanan
Posted on Friday, February 4, 2011
Realy a glorious intro. even though we visited several times ahmadi garden , after seeing ‘Japanese’ Park or the KISR bioremediation Park it is very new to us.One of the best place in kuwait during this time to enjoy with our family members. Thanku very much for your timely information
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Jenson Cabral
Posted on Thursday, February 3, 2011
Hi,

Thanks for showcasing Ahmadi in new light. Will definitely visit

Regards

Jenson
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Rajan
Posted on Thursday, February 3, 2011
Thank you 'sirs' for all your 'shining' comments.



On this Spring of 'Chinese Rabbit Year', let us all spin out our weekends on the Meadows & Green patch Parks of Spring beauty Kuwait!

kind regards.
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ganesan
Posted on Thursday, February 3, 2011
Thanks for that nice article on AHMADI parks. MARAH LAND in nearby SABAHIA is another place to explore as picnic destination.
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Jyothidas
Posted on Thursday, February 3, 2011
Hi,

Good article...useful information...

thanks Indira & Rajan.
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muthukumaran
Posted on Thursday, February 3, 2011
Fantastic writing!enjoyed reading your post today.as mentioned, Ahmadhi is unique place at Kuwait...many features are so unique you wonder how could they do it at Kuwait? It is the time of the year every one should visit the place at least once and enjoy the blissful evening .you shall experience surrealistic atmosphere---churches, flowering gardens,English type houses,weeping willows,shopping malls,and so on--- and i am sure you shall make frequent visits.Thank you Rajans for a wonderful work.
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Anantharaj Ramachandran
Posted on Thursday, February 3, 2011
Really we have to appreciate the author of the informative article.It is a fabulous job, we request you to continue the same which is more informative to many of us.

Ahmadhi is the place by itself it is a well planned location, during this spring season nature also is favorable for the plants to show of their beauty with colorful green leaves & colorful different varieties of flowers which is more pleasant to our eyes which has always experienced a deserted views registered in our eyes as well as in our mind.

Above which KOC arranges the Lighting which is also very beautiful which we can experience only in this area.

We should thank our writer for the article providing us the collective details of the past also.

Thanks,

Anantharaj Rmachandran
Kuwait.
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Graham
Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The town is starting to get festive - ready for their National and Liberation day celebrations.
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Indira rajan
Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Thank you all. The light decors in front of KOC head office in block 11, clock tower & walking arch are generous. For those new and driving inside Ahmadi, plz enter in 'day light' to get familiarised with the roads which are only few.



The Japanese park is in a good location with ample Parking. But we request the management to build a Prayer & wash room to facilitate Visitors.
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Firosh
Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Appreciate the effort you people taking for public info. Well written.

Keep doing
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arthi & amri
Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011
We enjoyed the Park and the long..very long walking track with music chims. Watching the colorful tree lights and pure white lights were blissful.
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Prabaakar
Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Its a fantastic article at right time would help expats to pay a visit during the kuwait Liberation and National celebration holidays with their families and friends..



Ahmadi "Emerald Lawn" of kuwait to picnic.

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Indira rajan
Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Google Map link:- Way to Ahmadi Township.



http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=google+maps+kuwait&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Kuwait&gl=kw&ll=29.092252,48.078704&spn=0.027901,0.038495&z=15
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varma ravi
Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Two rounds on this long walking track is a good exercise for my whole family. The church also has nice decorations this month. This is one of my favourite places.thanks.
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Allen
Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The town is redefined this feb season. Thanks for reminding to visit the park and near.
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