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Find the Perfect Summer Read

Kuwaits Bookshops

 

I remember when we first arrived in K-Town there we knew of only one place to buy books written in English…Virgin, Marina Mall, which constantly faced challenges from the Kuwait government with the reading material they stocked, being closed down on numerous occasions due to censorship, and finally they closed for business a few years ago. We had to either purchase books for the children through their school, online (shipping costs were insane), or wait until we travelled out of town. Yes, it was certainly frustrating for a bookworm such as I!

 

How awesome it is now that there are several book shops across Kuwait, all carrying some fabulous material (though the mark up is sometimes a little crazy when converted into £’s)?! So without further ado, heres a list of bookshops in Kuwait, including the Kuwait National Library:

 

BookishQ8

A recent and welcome addition to Kuwaits book market, and available online only, but oh what a fabulous collection they have…they deliver for just 1.5kd, and prices are pretty reasonable….so get lost in a book these Eid holidays, oh, and did we mention they’ll also take your used books too? Just click here to order and learn more: https://www.instagram.com/bookish_q8/

 

Q8 Books, Yarmouk Cultural Centre

Located at the Yarmouk Cultural Centre is the non-profit Q8 Books! They have a massive collection of used books, and are non-profit (we love a bargain) so it’s the perfect place to expand your home library!

Open: Sunday to Wednesday 5-9pm and Saturday 11am-9pm.

During coronavirus times, you can also order books online (they have some gorgeous colouring books at: https://q8books.org/

 

That Al Salasil

That al Salasil has been in operation since 1972 and is home to one of Kuwaits biggest bookshops. Located at The Avenues (phase 2), they have enough books to keep you busy perusing all day! BUT, if you know the book you want, and don’t fancy a trip to The Avenues, they deliver too! Just Whatsapp them on 9777.6820 and they’ll drop your selected books straight to your door…..can’t get better than that!

Open: according to Mall operating times

 

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Jarir Bookshop

Jarir recently opened their flagship branch at The Boulevard Mall in Salmiya. They have a large selection of books as well as every piece of stationary/art/craft you will ever need.

Open: according to Mall operating times

 

Kuwait National Library

The National Library, situated along the Gulf Road is home to over 60k books. They have dedicated halls for children, teens, audio books and even a hall with the government/UN publications. For more information please click [Here]

Open: 8am – 2pm Sunday to Thursday

Please note the library is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

 

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Sophia Bookshop, Promenade Mall

The only bookshop we know of in Kuwait that has a piano! Located on the 2nd Mezzanine Floor of Promenade Mall (please note most books are in Arabic only)

Open: according to Mall operating times

Order online at: https://ustore.upayments.com/Ejra8x8L60

 

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