Kuwait City Guide – The Old Souk

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If you are travelling to Kuwait, do not miss out on the market place Souk Al-Mubarakiya. Just 15 minutes’ drive from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait you will find the Old Souk, filled with Arabic handcrafts and other specialties. Read on to discover everything you need to know about the handicrafts, spices, crafts and more to be found in the Souk.

A historical market place

This old market place in Kuwait can be found between the streets of Mubarak al-Kabir, Ahmad al-Jaber and Ali al-Salem. For over 200 years the Old Souk has been a popular market and continues to offer its visitors traditional style of shopping in Kuwait. Get a taste for Kuwait’s culture as you browse the stalls selling Arabic antiques, traditional costumes and Persian carpets. There are lots of beautiful items to buy, ideal to take back home as gifts, such as perfumes, handmade local crafts, scarf, jewelry, and clothes. You’ll also find dates, spices, honey and scented oils to choose from, as well as shops specializing in eye-catching gold and silver. Be on the lookout for identical items that are sold at different stalls for varying prices. It’s also worth checking the quality of textiles before you buy in some of the cheaper clothing shops.

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Market haggling in Kuwait

There’s often room for haggling in Kuwait’s souks. Before you start discussing, make sure you actually want the item that you are going to barter for. It’s looked on as impolite to haggle for something you don’t really want. Be firm but pleasant, in line with local customs, and don’t show how much you want the item. The market place also houses two small museums with free admission, and a great range of restaurants and cafes. Try some traditional tea or Arabic coffee while you eat lunch and contemplate your next haggling target.

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Dress code at the market

As it is with many countries in the Middle East, it is important to be aware of dress codes. While being in line with local Kuwait custom, it is essential for men and women to wear conservative, respectful clothing, which also puts forth a better impression with the locals. Remember that you need to carry your passport at all times in Kuwait, so ensure you have it on hand! Whether you choose to go to the souk for spices, dates, clothing, or any of the other abundant items on sale, be sure to stay in comfort and style at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait. You will be right at the shores of the Arabian Gulf and the hotel perfectly portrays the blend of old and new with its own traditional dhow and sleek, modern interiors.

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