I love the old souq in Kuwait - primarily because it was the one place that had been untouched by "modernization" that has reached all corners of this country. (Out with the old, in with the new.) Parts of the old souq have recently been renovated to look like a vision of it's former glory (but that never was). What is wrong with the way it has been the whole time; funky and eclectic and full of life?
Photo Credit: Blog Libero
I like that people of all levels of society come to Mubarakia to share food in an outdoor area; and to shop for small items that are relics of a previous existence. It is the one place in Kuwait where everyone still has a common ground.
I went in search of a Kuwaiti child's costume at Souq Al-Hareem last night. The ENTIRE souq is gone. No one seemed disturbed by this. I stood in the road where the stalls of women selling brightly colored clothing used to be and just felt sick to my stomach.
Now: December 1, 2011
So, I hear it is going to come back, "better than it was before" - but again, by WHOSE definition of "better"? Was this some kind of a contract given to one of the top hoodlum companies as everything else in Kuwait is done?