|My tent, 2 years ago, Zoor Area|
Hate to say "I told you so" but I said it on my FB account - this is gonna git ugly.
The Municipality is taking away a Kuwaiti cultural activity that has gone on for generations and dates back to Bedouin tribes roaming the desert. The Municipality have made deposits so high that some families can't afford to pay. Other families are upset because the land size limits them only to the ability to set up camp for one or two families, so that extended families can't camp together (again, breaking a tradition).
People are mad. I'm one of them. Many of my friends (including my own group of seasonal camping buddies) have decided that it is all too much. We are sticking to the farm this year. I want to be in my tent!!! The Government has found yet another way to create more bureaucracy, paperwork, and tedium. 300KD for land rent, 50KD non-refundable deposit, permits and signage required, land limit of 1,000 meters, limitations on what types of bathrooms and plumbing you can set up. And, worst of all, some guy deciding where you can to camp. That translates to wastah and wealthy people being able to rent plots of land and then re-rent at higher prices.
|My Tent (background) last winter|
Seriously, are they TRYING to push people out of the country? Where else do you go? Are people supposed to just set up tents along the Gulf Road to enjoy the weather? This sucks. I think you'll notice a lot less camps this year. PATHETIC
THANK YOU, KUWAIT TIMES FOR FOLLOWING THIS STORY!!! And corruption? Oh gee, now there is a shocker....
Photo: Kuwait Times
Corruption Over Camping Spots at Kuwait Municipality (LINK)
Kuwait Times by Nawara Fattahova
6 November, 2014
UnSuperMom - You make a very valid point; and one that I was going to include in the post, but forgot to: Campgrounds. It makes sense for the ecology of the country and at the same time, the Government (and concessioners) can make money.
I have proposed this idea to friends in other countries in the Gulf; especially in Oman where seaside property is still very inexpensive (and, BTW, can be purchased by Bidoon people). With more people in the GCC buying campers (caravans), it is a good business for destination travellers (camp sites, for example, along a route to Oman; in Bahrain, Qatar, UAE) and families can take GCC vacations in their campers with the amenities of "home".
Creating a campsite is a good ROI: The main price is the land. You can rent out space to vendors (like movies, little shops, etc) and create electricity connections and waste dump areas. Charge by the night and space size.
The only problem with this (for me, in Kuwait) is that I like the open space. I don't want to be with other people. I want to be far away with only the sound of the wind and maybe a few passing camels. I don't like "urban-style" camping with buggies and noise and parties. I seek the peace, smell, solitude, and feel that you can only get, unique to Kuwait.
|This is ALL I want to see and hear|
Worse-come-to-worst this year, I'll take my tent, put it up somewhere remote, and remove after the weekend. Sad, but if it comes to that, a Desert Girl's gotta do what a Desert Girl's gotta do.