The First Bowling Center of Afghanistan!

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When I heard that there is a bowling center in Kabul, I was interested to go there and try playing bowling once.

Bowling is a sport or leisure activity in which a player rolls a ball . There are several types of Bowling. In Indoor Bowling, the player should knock over pins. In outdoor variations, the score will increase by getting the ball as close to a target ball as possible. The indoor bowling is usually played on a flat surface. Outdoor bowling is somehow different. The surface in this type may be grass or gravel .There are many variations of Bowling. The most common types of indoor bowling include ten-pin, nine-pin, candlepin, duckpin and five-pin bowling, while in outdoor bowling; bowls, bocce, petanque and boules are popular. Now a days Bowling is one of the most favored sports which is enjoyed by 95 million people in more than 90 countries worldwide.

The only Bowling center in Afghanistan is located in Kabul which was opened a few years ago.
This center is founded by a young afghan woman, Meena Rahmani. She has invested $1 million that her country people could use a little fun.

The entrance was highly secured and restricted in order to protect from precaution bomber. Inside the building was completely a new world. A big and very clean restaurant with a modern and cool decoration was welcoming you!

We went to the place where we changed our shoes and put the specific bowling shoes on and enter to the main hall. I entered to the first bowling center of Afghanistan and simply it was inspiring and awesome!

I was thinking how amazing it is that there is an opportunity for having fun in the city where every few days people are witness of attackers. And far away it was more appreciable that an afghan woman made this challenging work possible and built a place where everybody, men and women ,even children could get an enjoyable time out.

My first experience of playing bowling in the only bowling center in my country was just cool. Although none of us were expert in playing bowling but I really enjoyed the time I spent there with my family.

We paid $35 for one hour lane fee. The cost is not cheap for afghan regular people but I think it is really worth to try.

About the author


I am a computer engineer and have several years experience of working and teaching in this area in Herat-Afghanistan.
I am also interested in social activities and fine art and sometimes work in this fields too.
I published several text and painting books for children of my country.

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