Market sights in Kuwait
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For a plastic pot plant, a second-hand dress, an Afghan coat or a smuggled antique from Iran, this enormous open-air, weekly market is more than a shopping extravaganza - it offers an insight into contemporary Kuwaiti culture and cross-border relations.
Five minutes sitting in the shade of sun-fading textiles and sipping on the good-natured coffee of a friendly vendor delivers more in the way of insight into the complex web of Kuwaiti affairs, domestic and international, than one could absorb in a month of lectures on Arabic culture. Bring a hat and water in summer.
With traditional wind-tower architecture, this small area of craft workshops is part of a development along the coast that includes walking paths and fountains. The workshops are open at variable times and some of the items are for sale. Not-for-the-faint-hearted crafts include stuffed bustard, an endangered bird, and shell decorations that you wouldn't wish on your enemy.