#30 It’s all about that kashta

If you live in Kuwait already then you are bound to know what a kashta is but for those that may not be familiar with it, it’s basically a picnic style set up often located on the beach or the desert here in Kuwait. It is a popular activity to do here, particularly during the winter season.

The other weekend me and the girls decided to do one on Dasman beach close to the famous Kuwaiti Towers. However it took us time to recognise the place as the trees had all been cut down. We actually found this set up through an instagram page called ‘ah tent’. It has a real booho style to it that I loved. 

You were able to choose any location you wanted to set up the Kashta which is brilliant. As we don’t have a car here it can be difficult to access remote areas which would have been perfect for this set up. However we’ve been to this beach many times before and decided to go with it. 

 

The Kashta setup cost 25kd plus 3kd delivery. The package included the following:

. 6 games to play
. decorations
. ground chairs
. blankets
. table
. wipes
. tissues

We couldn’t not bring our hot pink shisha along with us too. Next time I would probably bring speakers along too though be mindful of people around you and to not play music during prayer time. We also decided to get takeaways and bring it to the Kashta as it doesn’t include snacks etc.

Despite the fact anyone can go to a beach in the world, having a kashta here is such a Kuwaiti experience in itself. Some really do go all out. Depending on what company you have chosen some will set up huge protectors too to have your own cinema on the beach. Unreal right? Maybe next time…

In Kuwait its extravagant but not in the sense of that you may find in other gulf countries. I don’t particularly find it a show off lifestyle here, something which I like. Of course you could always make your own kashta if you wanted too. Fairy lights, blankets, cushions, lanterns and you’re sorted.

It’s moments like this, when you are sitting on the beach, listening to the waves realising just how grateful you are for life, the experiences that comes with it. It’s safe to say I wouldn’t be having these experiences back in the U.K. I’m very comfortable living here now in Kuwait and absolutely class this as my second home now.

The view of the Kuwaiti Towers next to the beach.

Recommended playlist for a Kashta

I thought I would also include my playlist for that kashta vibe, an absolute mixture of international songs as I don’t have a ‘type’.

Arabic Songs:

  • Inez – My Love
  • Balti – Ya Lili ft Hamouda
  • Adil Assil – Mehtar
  • Ali Saber – Maaqoula
  • Omar Kamal – Enty M3lma
  • Omar Kamal – Souq Elsohab
  • Meera – ya hob khodhni
  • Hamaki – Oddam El Nas
  • Mohammad Al Salem – Naam Enta
  • Ahmed Sheba – Ah Law Leabt Ya Zahr
  • 3 daqat – Abu ft Yousra
  • Hassan Shakosh – Mahragan Bent El Geran
  • Zouhair Bahaoui – Decapotable
  • Hamada Nashawaty – Shakli Habetek
  • Nour Elzein – Jenak Bhaeh

Chilled Songs:

  • Mr Probs – Waves
  • London Grammar – Hey Now
  • Lost Frequencies – Are you with me
  • Pascal Junior – Holdin on
  • Khaled – Better
  • Dermot Kennedy – Outnumbered
  • Costa Mee – I got love
  • Fiji Blue – Numb
  • Petit Biscuit – Alone
  • Petit Biscuit – Sunset Lover
  • Regard – Ride it
  • MJ Cole & Freya Ridings – Waking up
  • Jonas Blue – Fast Car
  • Desi Mashup 2020 ft Hosai
  • Birdy – Keeping your head up
  • Yunus Durali – Alone with you
  • DJ Dark – Erhu

Party Vibes

  • Tory Lanez – Luv
  • Burna Boy – On the low
  • Ycee – Juice ft Maleek Berry
  • Young T & Bugsey – Don’t Rush
  • Angel – Blessings remix ft French Montana
  • Benny Benassi & Chris Brown – Paradise
  • Pete Bellis & Tommy – Treat me right
  • Secondcity – I wanna feel
  • Burak Yeter – Tuesday
  • French Montana – Famous
  • XXXTENTACION & Lil Pump – Arms around you
  • Karol G – BICHOTA
  • Vin Veli – Miles Away

Music is a great escape during times like these. Whether that be music, sports, movies, find your escapism during this pandemic, its helped me so much to just be able to listen to music and switch off from the world for a while.

Hope I have given some of you a new idea of what to do on the weekends here in Kuwait. There is plenty of ways to enjoy yourself here you just have to find the right company to be around and you’re sorted 🙂

Keep an eye on my next post coming up – a review of the new Netflix series Behind Her Eyes – absolutely smashed it! 10/10

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