Kuwait - Books, magazines and music
The number of book, magazine and music shops in Kuwait has improved dramatically in the past few years. Censorship is still very strong which does continue to have an impact on what is found on the shelves. It is not uncommon to find numerous pages missing from magazines in addition to the overzealous use of large black-out pens.
- Al Eshraaf Co.
Turki and Nasser Al Dabbous Building (next to McDonalds)
Tel: + 965 391 0872
- Al Manar Bookshop
Salem Al Mubarak Street
Al Rabii Building
Tel: + 965 574 4265
- Books for Kids Kuwait
Contact: Patricia Mikhail
Tel: + 965 788 2860
- Family Bookshop
Salem Al Mubarak Street (opposite Boushahri)
Tel: + 965 571 4340
- Jarir Bookstore
Tunis Street (next to fairground)
Tel: + 965 261 0111
- Kuwait Bookshop
Qibla (corner of Fahd Al Salem and Al Shuhada Streets)
Al-Muthanna Centre (opposite JW Marriott Hotel)
Tel: + 965 242 4687
Magazines can be found at all bookshops, at Virgin MegaStore in Marina Mall Salmiya and at all of The Sultan Centre supermarkets. However, the copies are usually received 2-4 weeks after they are published (due to shipping and censorship delays) and they often have a number of pages removed, depending on the content. Add to this the fact that the prices are exorbitant i.e. the British Homes & Gardens will cost you the equivalent of £8.5 here (£3.10 in the UK), the French Marie Claire Maison €10 (€4.5 in France) and Martha Stewart Living $9.5 ($4.75 in the US). It is far better to subscribe to the magazines in order to pay less but you are still likely to suffer delays due to the postal system and censorship.
- Virgin Megastore
Tel: + 965 224 4555
There are a number of small shops throughout Kuwait selling cassettes, CD’s and DVD’s. However, be aware that a large percentage of the goods are pirated copies.
Local availability of musical instruments and replacement parts is limited (if you play guitar or saxofone bring lots of strings and mouthpieces with you!).