Interesting Places in Sharq

Sharq is one of the old neighborhoods of Kuwait City. Once the maritime quarter where pearl merchants lived, it was also the largest and most culturally heterogeneous district. Here are some interesting sites all found within walking distance of each other in Sharq:

  1. Fisheries Building: According to Abdulraouf Murad, the Fisheries Building was built in 1979 on top of an old Jewish cemetery. Below you can see a painting of the building by artist Zahra Marwan, whose father used to work for the Kuwait National Fish Company.
  2. Fatima Al Zahraa Mosque: a small Shia mosque, next to it is an abandoned apartment building.
  3. Al Hamra Tower: the tallest building in Kuwait, completed in 2011. Nearby at the Sharq location of Mughal Mahal there is a nice mural of frontline workers.
  4. Behbehani Complex: a shopping complex with the name of one of Kuwait’s most influential families. According to this video, the Behbehani Group was founded in 1935, in 1948 the group established Kuwait’s first private radio station and in 1949 they introduced air conditioning to the country. The mural you can see in the picture showing Behbehani Complex is best visible from the patio of the restaurant “The Baking Tray.”
  5. Center for Research and Studies on Kuwait: established in 1992, the Center for Research and Studies on Kuwait publish various books on Kuwait such as “The Origins of Kuwait” by B.J. Slot, which examines Kuwait’s history in the early modern period through maps made by foreigners. Inside the building there is a small library with books in English and Arabic.
  6. Nawarat Restaurant: across the street from the Baking Tray, I’ve been told that this place has the best falafel in Kuwait.
  7. Samarqand Restaurant: a great traditional restaurant located in an older looking building, I’ve previously posted about Samarqand here.
  8. Abraaj Al Awadi Towers: according to Essays, Arguments & Interviews on Modern Architecture Kuwait they were built in the 1980s, at time where there was “growing popularity for an ‘Islamic’ language, albeit in modernist form and construction material. Architecture included references to an Islamic heritage and was often decorated and dressed with ‘Islamic’ attire.”
  9. Bisher Al-Roumi Mosque: historic mosque from 1916. 
  10. Shamlan BinAli bin Saif Al Roumi Mosque: another historic mosque, which I’ve posted about here.

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