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Kuwait City, December 13: The British Business Forum held a second members' meeting in December to a Christmas audience of its members and guests.  Teamworking International presented the popular Become a Black Belt Negotiator seminar.  Tom Flatau demonstrated the tried and tested processes and techniques that save clients money and revolutionises the ability to achieve a profitable outcome each and every time a deal is made.  Members were shown how to shift the balance of power in their favour every time by exploring new ways to generate extra money from existing clients, win new accounts, get better deals from suppliers and create value by building better relationships.  The evening was accompanied by a music ensemble from the New English School (NES) and The English School (TES) and included a visit by Santa Claus.  Paul McKay said the evening ended on a perfect note with a festive flavour to close a busy year of meetings and activities. 


 KUWAIT CITY, December 5: The British Business Forum held its December members’ meeting to a discerning audience of its business link membership and guests. Paul McKay, BBF Chairman opened the meeting byintroducing a remarkable Kuwaiti citizen and guest speaker in Dr Farah Al Nakib, Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait who gave a talk on the topic of Kuwait's Urban Crisis: Malls, Violence, and the Right to the City.

The talk which was open to the British business community as well as members of the British Ladies Society, identified various aspects Kuwait City's urban development since the advent of oil modernization in 1950, and the impacts they have had on urban society, social relations, and public behaviour. Paul in his introduction remarked that Kuwait’s planned environment emerged as a result of four decades of master planning effort which was neither poorly conceived nor realized nor ideal.  He remarked that gone are the days of the modern period in Kuwait when going out with the family into the city was fun; adding that sadly an outing today has to have a strategy not only to avoid the traffic but a risk assessment as public places were not considered safe places anymore. Had the city lost its values and traditions?

Dr. Al-Nakib argued that although Kuwait today may display some physical attributes of a modern city, Kuwaiti society has lost the main features that used to define its urban identity before oil. She explained that in the pre-oil period, Kuwaitis were very open and tolerant of difference, and the difficulty of everyday life before oil required that members of the community cooperated closely in a very public urban life

From (L to R) Will Myles, Paul Mckay, Edmund O'Sullivan, Jeff Delange, Tarek Aloun


BBF Special
Dec 12, 2013

The British Embassy Kuwait 

Warm seasonal greetings to you all from the winter edition of Dispatches for 2013.  I always enjoy taking time out to write this piece because it gives me the opportunity to pause for a moment and reflect on the activity that has taken place since my last article.  And yet again I look back on a hectic few months which underline just how close the relationship between the United Kingdom and Kuwait continues to be. 

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