AL KUWAYT - Gender boundaries have fallen in Kuwait, as the grandson of Kuwait's Emir and former Prime Minister will now assume the role of stay-at-home-dad while his wife Roseel Dashwadhi serves her term in Parliament.
Emir Sheikh Sabah IV Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah himself contributed significantly to change in his country, ushering in legislation making possible the most free press in the Arab world. Now, he says he's proud of his grandson, and of his country for the positive changes he sees.
Sabah VI Al-Awadih Al-Dashtih Al-Sabah says he foresees even more "changes" than that, as he will now be playing stay-at-home-dad to 10-month old twin boys, as well as inquisitive 6 and 8-year old girls who badger him constantly for information about "the way things used to be" for women in the Middle East, and a precocious 11-year old boy whose mechanical devices wreak havoc on the Al-Sabah household.
Burping one drooling baby covered in strained carrots and applesauce as the other screamed, while adjusting the flame under a pot that had just boiled over and was now sizzling furiously, Sheikh Sabah VI "Mr. Mom" Al-Awadih Al-Dashtih Al-Sabah said, "I'm just glad to be part of a new era, where everyone is considered equal. Umm, could you hand me that mop over there? Hey!! Stop that, you two! Do not put that in your sister's HAIR!! Arrghh!!"
He joins a rapidly growing class of men in Kuwait beginning to take over roles traditionally held only by women; at least one, single solitary Kuwaiti man (more than a 100% increase since just last year) in this progressive country struggles every day to raise kids, do dishes, clean toilets, scrub floors, sew patches on the boy's trousers, shop for groceries, pick up dry-cleaning, pay bills, balance the checkbook, make room for As the Hand of Allah Turns the World and The No-Hijab Network, and still have dinner ready when his wife gets home from work.