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Kuwait: Kuwait Fish Suq

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Kuwait Fish Suq | Kuwait | Asia

[Visited: June 2011]

Walking along the boulevard leading to the northern tip of the city, I crossed the street when I saw a harbour full of traditional dhow ships. It was soon clear that these were fishing boats, and I stopped to see the activity around the boats for a while. Some men were walking up and down, taking carts full of big blocks of ice to the boats where they were undoubtedly used to conserve the fish and protect them against the harsh (read: hot) conditions. The dhows were rocking on the slowly moving sea, and if it were not for the skyscrapers that could be seen through the foggy air, this could almost be a traditional Kuwaiti scene.

Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Fishing-boats moored at the harbour of the fish suq of Kuwait

When I entered the hall in which the fish suq was located, I was amazed to find such a bustling place. Where outside, almost no one could be seen in the streets, inside there were lots of people on the hunt for a deal buying fish. The buyers were either locals or from the Far East, while I soon found out that the porters were mostly Bangladeshi, while I also met vendors from Syria and Iran. I walked along the rows of stalls, and noticed that some specialize in certain types of fish, while others offer a full range of seafood: from shrimps to tuna and other big fish. There were men cutting up the bigger fish, others putting the fish on nice displays, and overall, I was surprised at the hygienic conditions that appeared to be adhered to.

Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): People on a shopping spree in the fish market of Kuwait

Most of the stalls in the fish suq were carefully organized; in some, I saw each kind of fish presented in a separate hand-made basket. At times, I would just stand still in a corner of the hall, to observe people passing by. Couples, the man in a white dish-dash and the women in a black veiled dress, or a group of young women from the Philippines, older people - especially compared to the virtually empty streets in the city, it was interesting to observe the crowd passing in and out of this market. I ended up striking conversations with porters and vendors alike, realizing again that they were an international crowd. Outside, activity around the boats was already decreasing, fish markets are mostly a thing of the early morning, especially in climates like these. I moved to an adjacent market with small shops where I bought myself a nice juice, before proceeding on my exploration of the city. The fish suq had been a nice surprise.

Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Good-looking fish for sale at the fish market in Kuwait
Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Taking blocks of ice to the fishing-boats in the harbour near the fish suq
Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Fish arranged in baskets at a fish stall in the suq at Kuwait
Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Fish kept fresh by lots of ice at the fish suq of Kuwait
Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Shrimps can also be bought at the fish suq of Kuwait
Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Crabs with blue pincers can also be found at the fish market of Kuwait
Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Holding two of his fish to show off: market vendor at the fish suq
Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Squid on the fish market of Kuwait covered in ice cubes
Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Fish ready to be taken away in a basket at the fish market in Kuwait
Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Docked fishing-boats in the harbour of the fish suq of the city
Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Fishing-boats moored in the harbour of the fish suq of Kuwait
Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Fish eye on the fish market in Kuwait
Picture of Kuwait Fish Suq (Kuwait): Man cutting a fish to pieces

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