The Survival Guide to Kabul©

Published internationally in July 2003 as Kabul: The Bradt Mini Guide.

First published in Kabul in September 2002 as a pamphlet.



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Kabul life - Archive

July – November 2003

November 25 2003

Photo Story: Eid in Kabul.

New airline flying Dubai-Kabul from December: Marco Polo Airways.

November 22 2003

Photo: Rugby World Cup celebrations in Kabul.

And used by BBC Online !!

November 21 2003

Pictures: The Survival Guide to Kabul hosted a military tour of Kabul.

Calendar Launch: Photo journalist Alyssa Banta launches a 2004 Afghanistan calendar at the Mustafa Hotel.

Photo Story: Kabul bazaar, Friday before Eid.

November 20 2003

BBC: Kabul radio tops the charts.

November 17 2003

Times of India: Kabul eats, drinks, sleeps Bollywood.

Menu: The Zadar Croatian Restaurant.

November 12 2003

AFP: Property boom highlights Kabul’s wealth gap.

BBC: Photo Journal: Afghan women’s voices.

November 10 2003

Everest Pizza takeaway and delivery.

November 9 2003

Photos: Remembrance Sunday service at the British Cemetery.

November 9 2003

AFP: First private Afghan airline goes into operation.

November 6 2003

New opening times for the German restaurant – open on Saturday and closed on Tuesdays.

Achtung neue Öffnungszeiten!!! Dienstag Schließtag!!! Samstag geöffnet! Mittwoch – Montag 12:00 - 23:00 Uhr 12:00 - 14:00 Mittagstisch 18:00 - 22:00 Abendkarte

Attention new opening times. Tuesday is off day!!! Saturday open!

Wednesday to Friday 12:00 – 11pm open

November 5 2003

AP: Afghan airlines to begin domestic Kabul-Kandahar flights.

Photos: Redesigned café at the Mustafa Hotel.

AP: Kabul beauty school offers training for Afghan women.

November 3 2003

Cellular News: Kabul to get increased cellphone capacity.

November 3 2003

Search for a Superstar at the German Restaurant

The Deutscher Hof is starting a competition with prizes of 100-300 Euros for all budding singers and musicians. The first show starts on November 13. The second show is on November 28. The third Show will be on December 11. The grand Final between the Winners of the three Shows will be on December 18. For info: Email or Telephone 070 28 8134.

German Restaurant information and new menu.


Rugby World Cup at the Mustafa Hotel

The bar at the Mustafa Hotel is now fully equipped with Star Sports satellite TV for you to watch the rugby world cup live from Australia.

BBC: World cup results and fixtures

October 13 2003

Restaurant update There’s a new Croatian Cuisine place, the Zadar Restaurant, on the left hand side of the main road to Taimani just before IOM. The German restaurant starts a new and cheaper menu this week with a buffet on Thursday nights. The Gandamak Lodge, now linked to the Frontline Club in London (, has taken over the property across the street and has 8 ensuite rooms and a new restaurant is being built. The Global Guesthouse has a nice small bar with large TV screenings of the Rugby World Cup. The Kelt’s Irish Bar at the Mustafa Hotel is no longer Irish but is still open and serving draught beers; the pizzas are still good here.


September 28 2003

The most popular DJ in Afghanistan at Kabul’s Radio Arman.

Reuters article.

September 19 2003

The Financial Times: Danger and roses in the dust of Kabul site (also features this guide).


Hospitality the healer? (June 26 2003).


Article in Conde Nast on Kabul (May 2003).

August 15 2003

German airline to resume Afghan flights.

More on the LTU service.


July 31 2003

Nomad carpets, rugs and furniture shop set up by Rahim of the Anaar restaurant.

July 31 2003

A new Irish Bar is opening in Kabul. More…

New website

The Mustafa Hotel

July 21 2003

Belgium National Day celebrated for the first time in Kabul.

July 21 2003

BBC: Afghans flout fur ban.

July 17 2003

The Survival Guide to Kabul hosts: An Evening with Ahmed Rashid.

July 16 2003

ABC News: Thai-ing One On in Kabul A Restaurant Thrives in the Chaotic Capital City of Afghanistan.

July 15 2003

The Crosslines Afghanistan Monitor: Kabul Changing? By Dominic Medley.



July 10 2003 AWCC Press Release: AWCC renews GSM license for 15 years. Afghan Wireless Gifts Over $1,000,000 Dollars to Its Subscribers!

Neda Telecommunications Company: the first licensed Internet Service Provider in Afghanistan. (

The German restaurant in Kabul now has secure off the street car parking.

Mobile phone developments:

Afghanistan's third GSM network starts trials 
Afghans launch new mobile network 
Afghanistan's capital will soon have second cell phone operator 



·          July – November 2003

·          March – July 2003


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The Survival Guide to Kabul©