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Mubarkiya, the authentic hub of Kuwait

Mubarakiya is one of the oldest markets and the most famous tourist destinations in the City of Kuwait. It’s a haven for souvenir seekers, foodies and street photographers. Personally, I go there when I feel stressed and overwhelmed by the pseudo city life. Usually, I set off my trip by visiting Umm Talal at Booth No.1 in Souq Al-Hareem. She always has some tales to share. Then, I stop at Beit Ahmad cafe and gift shop to enjoy an over priced traditional hot beverage or dessert with all pleasure, just because I truly like it there!

Non-Native Plants in The Dock

Sometimes you cross by a truck with a large tree is on its way to an incinerator, or some trees that are over decades old are being demolished and left next to a dump.  Sad scenes that may sometimes make you furious, wondering what the guilt of that tree that has been sent to retire in such an agitated manner. Perhaps the one who planted it was not sufficiently cognizant of the problems of planting it.

Gargoor, The Surviving Fishing Trap From The Past

There, in a vast land at the end of Fahaheel, the air carries between its aromas, the feel of the sea. The sun is near the sunken, and It’s time for the fishermen to return to their homes.  Before that, you see them gearing up their fishing kits for another day. Thousands of huge fish traps, most of them are neatly set in a way that attracts attention of transients.

Fahaheel Cemetery

Cemeteries are sacred in all parts of the earth, and for any faith to which the dead belong. Once you enter a graveyard, the dead will impose respect. Hence, you’d walk among them in reverence and caution, without putting a foot except on empty pathways. Even after the weather has obscured the features of the tombs, its prestige holds up in the face of time.  I went to a cemetery once to visit my mother and father at Sulaibikhat. But it was the first time I could take pictures of a closed burial ground in the country.

Ornamental aquaculture in Kuwait

When you enter Bassam Al-Azmi’s farm in Wafra, you will see a pond with large Japanese koi fish swimming gracefully. The pond is surrounded by a beautiful wooden enclosure designed by him. The farm specializes in cucumbers and ornamental aquaculture, and you have cut across the fields to reach the fish farm. The Azmi farm is unique in Kuwait in the cultivation of ornamental fish.

Sabeel Water Fountains

You will not die out of thirst in Kuwait. Whether you take the air on your feet or drive your car, free drinking water is distributed to all neighborhoods of Kuwait and its urban areas, which are called in Arabic, Maa’a Sabeel, i.e. the road drinking fountain. What is interesting is that water fountains are covered with large sculptures so that walkers can see them remotely.

Kuwait’s famous ‘Gazelle Club’

Walking around, a rickety wall caught my eye. Broken glass was embedded at the top to prevent curious people, like myself, from sneaking into the empty yard behind it. However, it was accessible from the beach. On the side of the wall was a closed gate with a sign, smashed in a deliberate manner as if someone wanted to obliterate the memories of the place and its history.
Welcome to what was once called the Gazelle Club.

Mubarakiya Strike Against Rent Increase, A Happy Ending

There’s a local saying rolling in Kuwait, “Whenever you feel upset, go to Mubarakiya”.  But when I got there on Thursday morning, 16 of March, Anger and sadness overtook the cheerful soul of that place.  At Souq Al-Gharabally in Mubarakiya every single shop has been shut, including the fruits and veggie stalls, fisheries and butcheries on the day people come pilgrims from all Gulf countries because it marks the beginning of the weekend.  The first and top generation of traders and merchants of Mubarakiya closes their shops in a smash against the high rental cost that rises up to 500%.

Efforts to remove obstacles facing Sawaber renovation plans

The Al-Sawaber residential complex has become a part of the urban plan of Kuwait’s 2030 vision after the expropriation of its housing units. The move comes after Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Anas Al-Saleh’s decision to support the expropriation in October last year. 

The 38-hectre complex in central Kuwait City features 470 residential units divided into 33 blocks. Surrounded by popular streets such as Ahmad Al-Jaber and Mubarak