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More Souk Mubarakiyya Art

There’s just something about this market that feeds the photographer’s soul! I love the public art . . .

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Whoda thunk that the butcher would be wearing glasses? I love the quirkiness of this art.
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The flag the man is carrying says “Kuwait” (for my non-Kuwaiti readers).I think this one has to do with the liberation of Kuwait, but I am not sure . . . anyone? I remember from reading Jihan Rahab’s book on the Invasion of Kuwait that the market was totally trashed and at least partially burned, and a lot of damage was done out of sheer malice.
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I have this thing about ships!
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Just look how CLEAN this place is. Every time I go into any of the markets, I think of France. These markets in Kuwait are cleaner!
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July 1, 2007 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Community, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Hygiene, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, Middle East, Photos, Shopping, Social Issues

11 Comments »

  1. the red flag is actually kuwait’s original flag, i didnt know that till i went to the invasion museum.

    hey, thats somewhere you might like to check out actually, its got alot of interesting stuff as well as a timeline diorama/model type thing.

    Comment by sknkwrkz | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  2. The original flag? I love it! It is a very cool, very unique flag.

    Actually, I have been to the museum about six times, but I have never been beyond the entry room . . . there is only a caretaker there these days, and he says maybe in one hour someone will come to show us the museum. We love what we’ve seen, and hope one day to hit it when it REALLY is open! 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  3. I love these photos and your little excursions to Souq Mubarakiya

    Comment by jewaira | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  4. I’ve been to Mubarikiya several times but can’t remember some of these places. That’s why i love looking at other people’s pictures; they really do show you another perspective. Thank you.

    BTW, do you by chance know which year the souk was built? All i know is that it’s the first souk in kuwait, but have no idea how far back it goes.

    Me like public art 2. Today i notice some pillars in souk sharq have drawings painted on them; had no camera with me 😦

    Comment by Magical Droplets | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  5. BTW, thought u might be interested in this: http://www.aware.com.kw/html/Sample/Activities.asp?Module=1004&Record=763#763

    Comment by Magical Droplets | July 2, 2007 | Reply

  6. Jewaira – next time you can meet me there. We’ll have fun.

    Magical – you too! We’ll meet you there! but if you go on your own, go with the idea of LOOKING. Look on the walls, and look UP – thats where the boat and the man with the old Kuwaiti flag are, on banners hanging from the ceiling in the main hall running from the date souk to the restaurant area. There are more at the entries to the meat market and the fish market. And some of the handsomest, well fed cats I have seen in Kuwait. 😉

    I love what the Aware Center is doing. Wish I lived closer!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 2, 2007 | Reply

  7. the majority of the souk is quite new, less than 10 years old i think.

    well its not new new, its refurbished, which is a shame cos it did have a lot of charm before it was refurbished. but atleast its not like a completely new development, just a bit more tourist friendly, but the souk has always been there.

    one of the few places that wasnt too touched up was that bit with the tin pitched roof and the narrow street and shops that sell ghutras and stuff.

    oh oh ask for the sambosa place there,…THE absolutely best sambosa’s in kuwait. i remember going there when i was 5. its still in the same corner, and the guy hasnt done anything expect now he has some aluminium siding instead of wood. andit still tastes great. ask anyone there for the first original sambosa shop and they’ll give you directions.

    Comment by sknkwrkz | July 2, 2007 | Reply

  8. i just remebered, its near souk al jat, which is next to mubarakiya.

    fyi, souk al jat is the engine that runs the stock exchange and kuwaits real non-oil economy. preIPO stocks are traded there, and from the look, you’d never guess unless someone told you.

    Comment by sknkwrkz | July 2, 2007 | Reply

  9. Oh! Skunk! The Samboosa place! I know what you mean, they are WONDERFUL! And there is an old-old part of the souk that looks like it hasn’t changed much in fifty years – small stalls, dirt floors, back behind the women’s souk? Hardware stores?

    What is sold at Souk al jat? Is that the old-old souk?

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 2, 2007 | Reply

  10. excellent, you now have no need to taste any other sambosa in kuwait cos they all suck next to the corner dudes one! haha!

    souk al jat i think translates to animal feed market, which is what it used to sell back in the day apparently. right now all you’ll find is tiny one desk offices in there and all they do is trade unlisted preIPO shares. its here that the price of a stock is determined unofficially before it lists on the KSE.

    and yeah i think its one of the original parts of the souk.

    Comment by sknkwrkz | July 2, 2007 | Reply

  11. Skunk, I love it. Would you write this up, and take a photo, and post it on your blog? I would LOVE to see that. It is so cool.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 2, 2007 | Reply


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