Kuwait 1985-88

Post by Mark

Kuwait City 1987. Vintage store front.

Mark Lowey (AbuJack), a construction project management professional and an amateur photographer lived in Kuwait between 1985 and 1988. The past few months he’s been scanning and posting some of the pictures he took during his time in Kuwait (and KSA) on his twitter account. I’ve taken a few of his photos along with the captions and shared them here but you can check out more photos on his twitter account @molowey

High technology in 1987?

A man and his dog, Mangaf Beach, Kuwait in 1988.

Shopping in Fahaheel, 1988.

Jack bin Mark and neighbor friends in Mangaf, Kuwait, 1988. (One cool kid has a sling-shot.)

Toshiba power plant at Mina Al-Zoor in southern Kuwait. Under construction in 1985; nearly completed in 1987.

Kids-R-Us, Kuwait City in 1985.

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21 comments, add your own...

  1. BeeJay says:

    That sling shot was keep us busy back then.. :D
    Beautiful memories

  2. Ahmed says:

    Awesome time period

  3. Kuwait says:

    Golden days! I remember that Pizza Hut in Fahaheel very very well.

  4. Dun says:

    Oh wow, I didn’t even think Mangaf existed back then.

  5. Amal says:

    Jack’s face in the mangaf photo is epic! He’s like: “dad, I think you should stop now”. Adorable.
    Also look at that beach! Miss going to public beaches in Kuwait.

  6. Sheetal says:

    These pics just brought back memories of my childhood. How i miss those days.

  7. Sonia says:

    Thanks Mark for posting these pics. Great to see how Kuwait looked when i was born.

  8. mocman says:

    Great pix dude.. 80’s was frikkin awesome. After a long day at fahaheel garden and then the beach we’d head to that very same hungry bunny…

    Awesome post…

  9. mocman says:

    I dont think there was a kids r us in kuwait city. we had one in fahaheel and one in farwaniya dajeej

  10. Alison Dias says:

    Good old days :-)

  11. aaa says:

    Amazing! Kuwait was so empty back then, something I always think about. Everywhere you looked was just a lot of empty space, neighborhoods had much less people in them, you had things like that giant Kids R Us (I remember that logo) just taking up space because there was so much of it.

    Even heavily packed areas today like South Surra were just desert until recently, I remember not even knowing there was a 6th ring road when I was young.

    Those Mangaf kids are probably in their 40s now

  12. Husain B says:

    That toy shop brings so mani beautiful memories. That Girl wearing a blue dress – it’s embroidered with a outline of The Palm Dubai 🔮

  13. vampire says:

    the perfect start of the day

  14. Mohammed Alhouti says:

    Mark, I own his book. got it used off of ebay some time ago. I’ll hit you up after work and you can have it.

  15. Wow, it’s great to recall back Kuwait’s memories of the olden times. How amazing it was!

  16. zyser says:

    I remember the computer thing (almost forgot about it), this was put up by Al-Alamiah to promote the first Arabic home computer, the MSX-based computer from Yamaha, it was named Al-Sakhr. See this link


    They used to run a TV advert to promote it back in the mid 1980s.

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