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Souk Al-Mubarakiya

Souq Al-Mubarakiya is a historic souq in Kuwait City, Kuwait. It is one of the oldest souqs in Kuwait, and was a center of trade prior to the discovery of oil.

Located in Kuwait City, between Abdullah Al-Mubarak, Abdullah Al-Salem & Palestine Streets, Al-Mubarakiya is a renowned traditional market steeped in history, dating back at least 200 years. Despite facing damage during the Iraqi invasion in 1990, the market underwent renovations, reclaiming its authentic charm.

Visitors to Al-Mubarakiya can immerse themselves in its bustling ambiance, spending hours exploring heritage goods at reasonable prices. From Persian silk carpets to authentic Arab antiques, musk and oud perfumes, and traditional costumes, the market offers a treasure trove of cultural finds. Additionally, Al-Mubarakiya boasts a variety of shops selling dates, honey, spices, sweets, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, accessories, as well as gold and silver jewelry.

Within the market’s confines, visitors can discover two small museums: the Sheikh Mubarak Kiosk and the first pharmacy in Kuwait, both offering free admission. Near Masjid Al-Bahar (Sea Mosque), a charming courtyard beckons with traditional cafes brewing tea over coals, and small restaurants serving authentic Arab and Persian cuisine in the open air. Known for its affordability, Al-Mubarakiya’s eateries offer a culinary experience unlike any other in Kuwait. During hot summer days, patrons can enjoy a cooling mist sprayed from pipes over their tables, while a nearby children’s playground adds to the family-friendly atmosphere. Shisha enthusiasts can also indulge in their favorite pastime in this vibrant setting.

However, on 31 March 2022, tragedy struck as a massive fire engulfed the market, resulting in the destruction of most shops. Despite this setback, Al-Mubarakiya’s resilient spirit endures, poised to rebuild and reclaim its status as a beloved cultural landmark in Kuwait City.

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