Mahboula: The Mad Area

Mahboula is located between Fintas and Abu Halifa in Al-Ahmadi governorate between the coastal road and Highway 30 (Fahaheel Expressway). In recent years, it has witnessed a huge regeneration in the real estate market. There are now tens of high-rise buildings and residential tower blocks in the final stages of completion, in addition to newly paved streets. Rents range between KD 170 dinars and KD 450, depending on number of rooms and the floor, which are high, considering the average room size is between 3 to 4 sqm, tiny bathrooms and the long distance from Kuwait City.

Adding Light to Local Traditions

A tradition is a social idea, circulating through generations with practice, because it signifies an identity, a sense of belonging and nostalgia. But not all customs in Kuwait are local in origin, many of our traditions have been adopted from other countries, as is the case in many cosmopolitan countries around the world. In Ramadan, most customs are centered on spirituality and food. Family gatherings always accompany sumptuous desserts and the latest food finds.

Stringz for the Soul

Back in the eighth or ninth century, a famous musician called Ziryab taught concubines to play the oud (lute) and sing in Andalusia. This historical fact was narrated exaggeratedly through Orientalist paintings, in addition to movies and Arab soap operas that contributed in promoting the link between obscenity and the oud.

Yadawi: Kuwait’s creative collective

Anything hand crafted or worked by hand was respected and valued in her family. Unlike many in Kuwait, Lubna Saif Abbas grew up in a family that gardened, that baked and sewed and crafted and everyone pitched in creating in some way. Well known local artisan, beader and caretaker of the Yadawi studio and artisan collective, Lubna talked with Kuwait Times about the origins of her passion for artisanal work and creativity.

The dying art of shoemaking in Kuwait

You are hit by the strong smell of leather and dyes and sounds of wiping, polishing and sewing machines all working all at the same time when you enter the small shoe repair shop. Everyone there is busy working. The top shelves are loaded with numbered plastic bags. On one side of the shop, there’s a long bench for customers to sit while they wait for quick service, while on the other, there’s Kumar.