Getting involved in classes or interest groups is a great way to meet people in a new place and gain new skills. What are your interests?
Bayt Lothan - Offers classes in drawing and painting, photography, and music. Contact them at 2575-5877/66 for more information.
Expats Photography Club - The club has 330 members and continues to grow. The main objective of the club is to bring forth a platform where expats will come together to share, learn, guide and network with other fellow photographers. The club aims to provide an informal, supportive and friendly environment for photographers of all levels and it creates a driving force to build a better photography society. There are weekly seminars and workshops for everyone and every level.
KidzArt - A fun, unique and confidence-building drawing program from pre-school upwards. KidzArt's mission is to provide children of all ages with the opportunity to have art in their lives, increase their skills and knowledge of various art media, learning to draw using a proven method, and most of all, having great fun!
The Kuwait Textile Arts Association - Under the auspices of Sadu House, this a non-profit organization which aims to bring together individuals interested in textiles and the fiber arts including appliqué, embroidery, knotting carpets, quilting, silk painting and weaving. Members include a number of talented decorative artists who hold classes throughout the year. Meetings are generally held on the 3rd Saturday of every month, and include a lecture. Membership is KD10.
Contact: Joan Fisher
Tel: + 965 390 3462 (English)/+ 965 243 2395 (Arabic)
Chef Boutique - Chef Boutique brings international gourmet cooking to the household kitchens of Kuwait.
Kuwait Bridge Club - Members meet twice per week, Sunday and Wednesday @8pm. Beginners are welcome.
Ahmadi Music Group - Ahmadi Music Group (adults only) holds annual Spring and Christmas concerts, often in the Al-Hashemi Ballroom at the SAS Hotel. Concerts cover a wide range of music and are joined by overseas accompanists/soloists. Rehearsals are held weekly on Mondays; 7:00pm at the New English School's (NES) Mousetrap Theatre.
Contact: Peter Cross
Tel: + 965 562 5040
American Women's League - Open to US citizens and ladies married to US citizens. Meetings are held during the last week of every month and include a buffet dinner and a guest speaker and/or presentation. A special Newcomers evening is held during the first period of every month. Membership is KD45 per year which covers the 9 monthly meetings and entitles members to various discounts and first priority for functions. The AWL hosts an annual Christmas bazaar which is open to non-members. Tables cost KD20 (members), KD30 (non-members) and KD50 (commercial). The AWL is heavily involved with EMAD (Education Makes A Difference), a group which is working on collecting educational material for schools throughout Iraq.
Contact: Debbie Bourahmah
Tel: + 965 925 9878
The British Ladies Society (BLS) - The focal point for British and Commonwealth women residing in Kuwait. In addition to being a charity, the society holds regular coffee mornings, evening meetings (including dinner), toddler groups, outings and events throughout the year.
British Business Forum (BBF) - A non-profit making association of British business people in Kuwait which aims to foster British interests and win more business for the United Kingdom. Working closely with the British Embassy, the Forum provides an opportunity for the British business community to meet on a regular basis, supports the creation of business networks, facilitates discussions with business people and VIPs visiting Kuwait, and liaises with overseas trade agencies in the United Kingdom. A meeting with a guest speaker and refreshments is held at a top Kuwait Hotel at 7:30pm on the evening of the second Monday of each month. Members may bring their partners to these meetings and other social events.
Kuwait Caledonian Society - Promotes Scottish cultural and social activities in Kuwait. Annual formal functions include the Caledonian Ball, St. Andrews Night and Robbie Burns Night when musicians from Scotland are flown to Kuwait. Less formal functions include the disco and Ceilidh. Bagpipe and dancing lessons are available. The society raises money for charities in both Kuwait and Scotland.
Contact: Alastair Hannay
Tel: + 965 6599 6347