Goooood Morning Kuwait!

Kuwait City Panorama

It was a good show and I met with great people who I have admired for a long time. It was wonderful to put faces to name and online personalities.

The discussion was excellent, though probably too short of course to cover all the topics we wanted to cover; however, it is enough to entice the viewer to investigate blogging and maybe think of starting a blog themselves, which would be an excellent result of this program. Because of the topics discussed, I hope that the community too will be more aware of our activities and read our blogs to know us better and share in our passions and things that we choose to cover.

The program is anticipated to be aired in April. I shall let you know the actual date when the schedule is actually confirmed.

Diwaniyyat Al-Osbou - Kuwait

The topics discussed included the definition of blogging, what is normally covered in blogs, differences between blogs and forums, the credibility issue, the non-existing specific laws on internet media, how should bloggers be regarded (ie, journalists or normal citizens), how blogs affect political issues and of course how we – as bloggers – evaluate the future of blogging.

It should be a good episode and I am really glad to have taken part. Thanks to Tariq Al-Rubei and Bader Al-Fraih for organising it and inviting me to join this illustrious group.

Getting to Kuwait was a story in itself too! We were schedule to shoot the episode at 9pm so I thought there would be plenty of time to take the 4pm Gulf Air flight from Bahrain to arrive in Kuwait about 5pm. That is, if the plane did not get delayed, twice!

Gulf Air were good enough to actually contact me to tell me that the plane was initially delayed to 6.30pm, which means that I still arrive in Kuwait in plenty of time for the show, but by the time I arrived at the airport, the plane was delayed again and scheduled now to depart at 7.30pm which means there would have been very little time to get from the airport to the studio.

Fortunately it departed just after 7pm, landed at Kuwait airport at 8.10 and as I didn’t have any luggage with me I flew through immigration to be picked up by Bader and flew again directly to the station!

Diwaniyyat Al-Osbou - Kuwait

We arrived with just 5 minutes to spare. Even though it was a recorded show, the studio schedule was fully booked for last night which meant that we only had a specific period to record the show. TV cannot be delayed! Both Bader and I quickly changed at the station and were led to our seats for the recording to start.

It was worth it I think.

Thanks to KTV and everyone who worked at making this program a reality. We should have something like this done by Bahrain TV. I’ll talk to some people I know and see if they accept such an idea.

I hope the flight back to Bahrain this afternoon won’t be delayed this time.

This brings back memories of what GULF AIR actually means: Get Used to Late Flights And Incorrect Reservations!

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21 Comments
  • Shurouq
    21 February 2007

    It was a pleasure meeting you, Mahmood.
    Visit us again. Visa not required 😉

    And have a safe trip home.

  • Bernie
    21 February 2007

    Great result.

  • Ahmed
    21 February 2007

    Looking forward to watch the show.

  • Anonymous
    21 February 2007

    It really was a pleasure meeting you Mahmood, even though it was unfortunately a very short meeting!

    Hope to see you again soon either here or in Bahrain 🙂

  • Q
    21 February 2007

    umm….that Anonymous was me

  • Kthekuwaiti
    21 February 2007

    Amazing .. looking forward to seeing the episode. (BTW, its Tariq Al-Rubei and Bader Al-Fraih) :whistle:

  • mahmood
    21 February 2007

    oops, thanks K, my brain is befuddled!

    Q, Shurouq, my pleasure and yes I look forward to meeting again in the near future… how about getting a Gulf Bloggers semi-annual meetup in one of our countries? Just gather for a coffee somewhere and chat once every 6 months!

  • Zed
    21 February 2007

    great idea Mahmoud, we should set up a Gulf Bloggers semi-annual meetup… i’ll be more than glad to help organize it

  • Ronaldo
    21 February 2007

    GULF AIR actually means: Get Used to Late Flights And Incorrect Reservations!

    Don’t you have shame? Is this all you have to say about your national air carrier and the company which made an airline pilot of, the otherwise punk, of your?

    The Prophet (pbuh) once said: “be careful of certain people to whom you make favours”. The Quran also says: “وَالْبَلَدُ الطَّيِّبُ يَخْرُجُ نَبَاتُهُ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِ وَالَّذِي خَبُثَ لاَ يَخْرُجُ إِلاَّ نَكِداً كَذَلِكَ نُصَرِّفُ الآيَاتِ لِقَوْمٍ يَشْكُرُونَ [الأعراف : 58]”.

    Sijj qubeeeeeh! “ugly’!

    admin edit: this person uses several identities to spam the site. Please ignore.

  • mahmood
    21 February 2007

    Ronaldo, go get laid. It will do you good.

    And while you’re at it, why do you use an “infidel” name? Have you no shame?

  • Ronaldo
    21 February 2007

    What an idiot, you are! to think that every person in this big world whose name is “Ronaldo” is an infidel? you simply suck all the time!

    admin edit: this person uses several identities to spam the site. Please ignore.

  • mahmood
    22 February 2007

    Sorry Shiakh Ronaldo. I do offer my humble apologies for not knowing that Ronaldo has now become a good Arab and Muslim name.

  • mahmood
    22 February 2007

    what’s barrying

  • Amjad
    22 February 2007

    Hope everything went well. It’s really nice to meet bloggers from various countries to get to know them in real life and discuss issues. Let alone it was a TV show! It’s really very interesting.

    Ronaldo: I really don’t think Mr. Mahmood said anything wrong. He just stated a true fact. Due to all my respect to Gulf Air company.

  • mahmood
    22 February 2007

    Thank you Amjad.

    Don’t worry about the other thing, I know what his grudge is and although he comes covered in various names which is typical of a coward of course, they all lead to the same route. Time for him to at least pluck up enough courage to ask the girl out!

  • mahmood
    22 February 2007

    admin disclosure: some irrelevant comments removed from this thread to manage the substance of the main article.

  • EXzombie
    24 February 2007

    well, next time, try to hang for a little while to attend one of our meetings, and I’m glad you enjoyed your stay in Kuwait…..

    cheers….

  • mahmood
    24 February 2007

    Will do, thanks.

    I think I discussed this with nibaq once and promised that I’ll just drop in on one of your monthly gatherings, and he promised that he would do likewise to ours, which he and others from Kuwait have, so it’s our turn to gate-crash your party soon!

  • zaydoun
    2 March 2007

    Mahmood

    Sorry for commenting so late. It was a pleasure meeting you and your presence was an added bonus to the show! :biggrin:

  • mahmood
    2 March 2007

    The pleasure is all mine Zaydoun, it was YOU who inspired me to take up blogging seriously!

    So guys, Zaydoun is to blame!

  • 7aywan
    3 March 2007

    What was the criteria of selecting bloggers for the show? Who was the selector? There are a couple of bloggers whom I would have loved to see. Otherwise, you people look HOT!
    :wub: VERY HOT!

    Love u all :*

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