Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Soor Street

One of the earliest exploration trips I made in Kuwait was along Soor Street (Wall Street) because I wanted to see the old gates to Old Kuwait City. I could find most of them, but not all of them. Soor Street has continued to fascinate me – and I wonder if one day soon, it won’t be all new construction.


This is one of those buildings-with-a-twist going up; I think Tijaria Real Estate is calling it the Kuwait World Trade Center. I get the two companies confused, there is another company, Tijara, that built The Mermaid of Mangaf. I don’t think the companies are related, but they both do more interesting buildings than these:


Like why even bother? These are so boring you just want to look away.

The dumps on the left have about 10 men in every apartment; they hang their wash on any available fixture and shave on the balcony. I wonder how much longer these places will stand once the building on the right opens? I am guessing the owner of this prime property will also want to tear down the dumps and build something more high-rent.


Some of you have asked for photos of some of the older places in downtown Kuwait. There isn’t much “old” but there is older. The intense heat is hard on paint and hard on maintenance, so I am guessing these buildings are only about 30 – 40 years old.



June 27, 2007 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Financial Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, Photos, Uncategorized


  1. that metals market thingy is close to that first picture.

    you see which way the car is pointing,… go that way for a bit more and you’ll see an al mullah showroom on your left, they do mitsubishis and chryslers so you’ll see them outside the show room.

    turn left at the lights and the metals market is about 100 meters up and on your left. you cant miss it.

    Comment by sknkwrkz | June 27, 2007 | Reply

  2. Those dumps you mentioned are owned by enterprising owners. They’re waiting for the highest bidder so they can sell.

    Or till the gov’mint boots them out & yanks the property from them.

    You can see some 60’s & 70’s era buildings if you look in the right places. Like the Municipality (Baladeeya) building. The old KNPC hq located near NBK. Etc..

    Enjoy! And have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

    Comment by Я | June 27, 2007 | Reply

  3. Nice pics. I used to hang out in a cafe facing Soor street right next to the building(s) in the fourth picture. Quality times.

    Comment by macaholiq8 | June 27, 2007 | Reply

  4. Thanks Skunk – you’re talking about the metal making souk where I might be able to find the old coffee making braziers?

    R – I bet they will make a bundle. There is a lot of new and interesting stuff going up near the ministry buildings.

    How is the oral history project coming?

    Mac – TAKE PHOTOS! There are photos I can’t take – men stretched out on their sides on the diwaniyya benches, men in the diwaniyyas solving the problems of the world, great summer photos in this desultory time of year.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 27, 2007 | Reply

  5. It pretty much looks similar to Jeddah for the 13 years I lived there

    Comment by KJ | June 28, 2007 | Reply

  6. KJ – I think Jeddah has more humidity!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 28, 2007 | Reply

  7. Intlxpatr, do u have a flickr account?

    Comment by Magical Droplets | June 29, 2007 | Reply

  8. I really enjoy reading this site.

    Your stories and pictures are always interesting. I am learning and vicariously visiting.

    Comment by jolynna | June 29, 2007 | Reply

  9. Magical, no, my friend, I don’t.

    Thank you, Jolynna, you are always welcome!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 29, 2007 | Reply

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