Many Kuwaitis, most I hope, want to see change. Positive change. The elections next month are fast gaining the feel of now-or-never. I feel optimistic this time. I hope the next parliament and new government work to bring this beautiful country back to the forefront.
On my travels, I capture the old and the new - and quite often I capture change. It occured to me today that apart from my Mangaf blog, I don't look closer to home.Kuwait City is going through a massive change. The skyline changes by the week and I haven't posted enough about it.
Everywhere you look there is either a newly completed building or one being built. The fifth-ring-road extension was a useful project - even if it was at a turtle's pace - and the huge first-ring-road extension is impressive. There is the Heritage Village, the National Library (can't wait) and even the beautiful old castle, opposite the British Embassy, has been fenced off ready for restoration. The thing that in my opinion makes Kuwait special is that we all lived within the wall (Soor) just one generation ago. What is now Kuwait City was Kuwait. I think this is why it doesn't have the 'plastic' and empty feel that other concrete cities in the Gulf have.
In short, it's sometimes easy to forget achievements when we're too busy crtiticizing.