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Mubarakiya Evening

The weather has definitely cooled. We grab out friends and head for one of our very favorite places, the Mubarakiya market downtown, one of the few places still in existence with a flavor of old Kuwait.

We’ve visited in recent months, but the heat defeated us. Last night, our closest 4,000 friends were down there with us, shopping in the markets, having a bite to eat in the outdoor restaurant area (you can only tell which restaurants are which by the different colors of the chairs and tables) relaxing, visiting, just enjoying a beautiful mild weekend evening.

And it was beautful. We have eaten there in the heat, with cooling fans to keep things bearable, we have eaten there in the cold of winter, with little stoves on the table to keep the tea hot and to warm our hands (a little) but this night was utterly perfect. Warm enough, cool enough, and fresh, well prepared local food – it was a perfect evening.

Some new Mubarakiya photos:

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October 26, 2007 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Community, Customer Service, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Photos, Shopping, Travel | , ,

10 Comments »

  1. defenetliy going there as soon as possible!

    Comment by Ra7aLaH | October 26, 2007 | Reply

  2. Ra7aLaH – Take your camera and show us what YOU see!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 26, 2007 | Reply

  3. I too will remember the camera! The mosque photo looks nice,I find it quite hard to focus the sky and with the flash it comes out creepy! 😦

    Comment by Joel Robinson | October 26, 2007 | Reply

  4. Oh I miss going there… beautiful shots 🙂

    Comment by chikaP | October 26, 2007 | Reply

  5. Joel, I have a setting called night scenery – maybe you have it, too. Haven’t played with it much – it takes a longer photo, and you have to be very steady (remember my star that looked like a helicopter?)

    Show us what YOU see!

    Chika – Great stop after you’ve been to the Mubarakiya Villa Moda 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 27, 2007 | Reply

  6. I LOVE the photo of the Date Man…he looks like the soul of Arabian hospitality! Always enjoy your photos.

    Comment by grammy | October 27, 2007 | Reply

  7. Great shots 🙂

    Comment by 3baid | October 27, 2007 | Reply

  8. Thanks, Grammy; it’s my favorite, too. 🙂

    Thanks, 3baid!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 27, 2007 | Reply

  9. Anytime anyone asks me why I want to move back to the Middle East, these are the images I think of and wish I could share, the man with the date especially. What an amazing place! I don’t remember visiting here when I was in Kuwait. Is it possible it was not rebuilt yet? My mother would have been in heaven in this market.

    Comment by global gal | October 30, 2007 | Reply

  10. I imagine it was in the process of being rebuilt. I remember reading in Jehan Rajab’s book about the Invasion of Kuwait that the Iraqis first stole everything they could from the market, and then destroyed everything they could, senselessly, willfully. I believe it was one of the first places rebuilt, and they did a remarkable job, I think, maintaining the character and feeling of the original market.

    Right now, the weather is perfect. Not too hot, not too cold. Perfect.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 30, 2007 | Reply


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