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The Great Kuwait Market Magic Photo Challenge

OK my friends. You know how this works. There is no great prize, except the thrill of the hunt, and the sharing with those who share your passion. And before we go on, I want to give credit to Yousef, at Some Contrast who took some truly fabulous photos at the Souk Mubarakiyya last week and wrote up a delightful article about it.

Today, the Great Kuwait Market Magic Photo Challenge kicks off. I would limit it to Mubarakiyya, but if I did, I might miss the magic YOU see in the Sharq market, or one of the fish markets or . . .

The weather is gorgeous. The lighting is fabulous. Go forth and capture the magic of the market. Send your photo to me and I will publish it here. Or you can publish it on your blog and tell us in the comments section of this blog entry, if that is your preference. The deadline will be January 31st, and I will post a poll so we can all vote on our favorites.

WOO HOO on you, Kuwait photographers.

I have a thing about bread, so here is what inspired this post:


This man, in the Mubarakiyya food court near the mosque, makes fatayer that I think are to die for. You can sit outside in the warmth of the Kuwaiti morning, and sip a little tea with mint and one of these fatayer (we like halloumi and zatar) will more than take care of your morning treat. 🙂


For about one month of the year, being the man who puts the bread in the oven – it’s done by hand, for those of you who don’t live here – must be a joy. The rest of the year, I can’t begin to imagine . . .


This is a more modern oven, but it still looks like something out of Hansel and Gretel, doesn’t it? (Hansel and Gretel is one of many particularly gruesome “fairytales” children in the West are raised with. There are many horrifying tales – read the Grimm brothers. Wicked parents, wicked stepparents, a horror filled life for children.)

Back to the topic – go forth, Kuwait, and show us what you see in the markets!

January 12, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Photos, Shopping | ,


  1. I can’t even hope to compete, amateur that I am, handicapped with a four year old Sony point-and-shoot. But, I do have Souq photos I took myself.

    Comment by DaisyMae | January 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. whats the name of the place looks realy cool I am hungry already specialy with honey jars at the back.

    Comment by Margoga | January 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. DaisyMae, I think your photos are awesome! They take us right into the souks.

    Margoga – Photos from any market will do, the first two are taken at the Souk Mubarakiyya, in the heart of downtown Kuwait. The fatayr man – and my friends and I think his are the best (and least greasy) in town – is in the Mubarakiyya “food court” where all the outdoor restaurants are, around the corner from the King of Saj. i.e. if you are in the part of the food court where all the restaurants are next to the mosque, go straight ahead and around the corner to your left, and there are more outdoor restaurant areas, and hmmm. . . . go find this guy in the middle and sit in that area. I am sorry, but that’s what we do, I can’t describe it better than that.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 13, 2009 | Reply

  4. Oh…the bread looks heart-breakingly beautiful!

    Comment by 1001Nights | January 13, 2009 | Reply

  5. 1001 Nights – even better . . . it was toasty and delicious, so hot it almost burned our hands. 🙂 Habeebti – where are your photos? Show us what you see. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 13, 2009 | Reply

  6. Yousef’s post was inspiring. Here is an old post of mine:

    I’ll try to go there again soon and take some more entries. Any excuse 🙂

    Comment by Bu Yousef | January 13, 2009 | Reply

  7. oh another challenge! I’m definitely participating in this one! 🙂 I’ll send in my pictures for sure! 🙂

    Comment by Yousef | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  8. Posted, Bu Yousef!

    You already have some great photos, Yousef, but any excuse for another trip to the market, hmmmm? 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  9. Hi, I loved the photograph of the bread…I could smell the baking of the bread and feel the warmth of the flame in this cold (which I LOVE) 🙂 great blog…colourful too 🙂

    Comment by Um Yousef | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  10. Thank you, Um Yousef – do you take any photos, or do you leave that all to Bu Yousef?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  11. Maybe I get information from the wrong people, but I was told NEVER to take pictures at the Souks. That it would be offensive. I am dying to take my camera in but haven’t!

    Comment by Q8Dutchie | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  12. Q8Dutchie, you’ve been given false information. Kuwaiti people don’t like to be photographed, thats true, but others who work in the sougs love to be photographed, they even come up to me and ASK me to take some pictures of them 🙂

    Comment by Yousef | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  13. Q8Dutchie – You are right – that is often the guidance given. I am very careful. I always ask if it is possible. Every now and then, someone says no, and I respect that. I always wait until women pass. You can hold up your camera and say “Photo?” to the vendors and they will say yes or no. Most will say yes. Most women will say no – you will notice I have few photos, ever, with women, and when I do, it is from the back most of the time.

    You can also photograph fruits and vegetables and bread and bags and gold – etc – without a problem.

    Yousef – You have a way of bringing out the character in your subjects!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 15, 2009 | Reply

  14. Camera? Check
    Lenses? Check
    Filters? Check
    Markets list? Check

    …… *goes to shoot* 😀

    Comment by MacaholiQ8 | January 16, 2009 | Reply

  15. Mac – You have a fabulous weekend for the challenge. Good luck! Give us some serious competition!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 16, 2009 | Reply

  16. […] Too bad I can’t participate in The Great Kuwait Market Magic Challenge […]

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