I DID not know that the Kuwait International Airport, which I have been criticizing for some time because of its small size and old lifespan compared to other airports around the world, is less than humble and is a ‘curse’ as it is mentioned.
A few days ago I left the Kuwait airport through its ancient and narrow entrance and under my breath I abused the one who is responsible for the state of affairs which has been the same over the years.
To add insult to injury, I saw an official of the Directorate- General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) leaving the airport in his luxury car from the left entrance and I told myself this man may be always using this narrow entrance. Yet, neither he nor any of the former officials of the DGCA have taken the initiative to develop this area as if to say he has become immune to this miserable view.
I travelled to Bahrain on a business trip and in fact, I felt some difference between their ‘humble’ airport and ours which we can call less than humble. My next destination was one of the European countries via Dubai. I then went to the transit point while I waited to catch my next flight.
When I reached the rest area, one of the hostesses advised me to take rest adjacent to my departure gate. I agreed and continued walking until I reached the area with some assistance for direction. When I reached this point, I began to sweat profusely. I looked at my watch and discovered that I had been walking for one hour just to come to this rest place.
In fact, I did not realize that I have been walking from one gate to another for such a long time. This did not happen to me even in a European country or in the United States in spite of the fact that their airports are huge. I told myself Kuwait’s airport makes me feel shy because it is small compared to the Dubai airport which is huge.
Moderation is required in everything. We need something practical and comfortable, it is not proper to dodge frustration and feel fatigued and annoyed. I convinced myself that the fatigue and sweat were the cause of my continuous grumbling about Kuwait’s airport and this is the ‘curse’ of the airport.
By Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli Former Minister of Oil