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February 13, 2021

Everyday Life of Kuwait in the Early 1960s Through Amazing Color Photos

Kuwait is a country in Western Asia. Situated in the northern edge of Eastern Arabia at the tip of the Persian Gulf, it borders Iraq to the north and Saudi Arabia to the south.

Kuwait in the early 1960s

In the 1960s and 1970s, Kuwait was considered the most developed country in the region. It was the pioneer in the Middle East in diversifying its earnings away from oil exports. Kuwait University was established in 1966. Kuwait's theatre industry was well known throughout the Arab world.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Kuwait’s press was described as one of the freest in the world. Kuwait was the pioneer in the literary renaissance in the Arab region. In 1958, Al-Arabi magazine was first published. The magazine went on to become the most popular magazine in the Arab world. Many Arab writers moved to Kuwait because they enjoyed greater freedom of expression than elsewhere in the Arab world.

Kuwaiti society embraced liberal and non-traditional attitudes throughout the 1960s and 1970s. For example, most Kuwaiti women did not wear the hijab in the 1960s and 70s.

These amazing color photos were taken by Verity Cridland’s mother that show everyday life of Kuwait from 1960 to 1962.

‘Ladies Street’ in the suq

A demonstration of loyalty to Kuwait and anger at the invasion by Khassim (Iraq)

A demonstration of loyalty to Kuwait

Andaluz Cinema

Andaluz Cinema

Answer to Kassim

Answer to Kassim



Bedouin family in tent

Bedouin family

Bedouin herds

Bedouin herdsmen

Bedouin man

Bedouin man

Bedouin moving camp

Catholic Church

Clothing suq


Fabric souk

Fahaheel card players

Fahaheel street

Failika taxi

Fish market

Fisherman family

Fisherman family

Fishing boats

Fishing village


Ice factory


Kuwait Harbour

Kuwait Harbour

Near Amireh hospital

Police near Jahra

Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week

Rope suq

Ruler's bodyguard

Safat, the main square in Kuwait City



Secondary School

Sheikh Fahd Street

Sheikh Fahd Street





Veg souk

Vegetable suq

Vegetable suq

Vegetable suq

War dance

Washer women


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