Kuwait – الكويت
Don’t forget to visit Kuwait, if you live in or visit the UAE. It is only a short 1,5 hour flight from the United Arab Emirates. Kuwait International Airport is served by Emirates Airline, Fly Dubai, Ethiad Airways, Kuwait Airways and others.
The state of Kuwait is limited in the east by the Arabian Gulf, in the south and southwest by Saudi Arabia and in the north and northwest by the Republic of Iraq.
The distance between the most remote location on the northern border and its equal location on the southern border is about 200 kilometers and between the east and west borders is about 170 kilometers. The longest Kuwaiti coast is about 290 kilometer without island coasts. Kuwait has a coastline of approximately 720 kilometers, if island coasts are added.
The country has 9 important islands. The biggest is Boubiyan. Failaka is one of the most popular, where people like to go on weekend breaks.
Explore Kuwait’s major attractions!
Souk Al Mubarakiya
The souk is located in the heart of Kuwait City and is one of the major attractions, which was the center of trade prior to the discovery of oil. It is a wonderful old market with many small shops selling things like carpets, antiques, perfumes, traditional clothes, food and other items.
Stroll through the market and enjoy the unique architecture and design. After bargain hunting visit a traditional café or restaurant, which are located around the souk.
It is the biggest mosque of Kuwait. Official religious celebrations are held in the grand mosque only. The grand mosque is one of Kuwait’s most treasured landmarks.
The Kuwait Towers are located on the Arabian Gulf Road in Kuwait City. They were built in 1979. The tallest tower is 187 m high.
Kuwait Opera House
The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, also known as the Kuwait Opera House, is located on the Arabian Gulf Road in Kuwait City. It is the largest cultural centre and opera house in the Middle East, which opened its doors in 2016.
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Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Center
Visit one of the world’s largest cultural complexes. Explore more than 20 galleries, a History Museum, a Science and Technology Museum, a Fine Arts Center, an Arabic Islamic Science Museum, a Space Museum and a theatre.
Experience the Aquarium, Discovery Place, IMAX theatre and the Dhow Harbor.
Join divers in the Aquarium in a memorable 30 minutes diving adventure. Show your valid open water diving license & a copy of your civil ID or passport only.
The IMAX Laser Theater offers you a movie experience like no other. The IMAX screen is 15 meters high and 20 meters wide. It is equipped with the latest IMAX projection technology. 3D educational and documentary films in Arabic and English are shown.
Visit the only surviving Kuwait sailing ship from the pre-oil era, boom Fateh-el-Khair. Get insight into a vital part of Kuwaiti heritage. The Harbor is directly located on the water front. It includes samples of various smaller dhows and vessels used during this period.
Al Shaheed Park
Experience Kuwait’s land, history and culture at Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait City.
Take a tour of the park that familiarizes you with the facilities, outdoor art works and monuments.
Also don’t forget to participate in the numerous events taking place.
Al Hamra Mall
Come and visit Al Hamra Luxury Mall. It is located in the All Hamra Tower in Kuwait City. Al Hamra Tower is the tallest carved concrete skyscraper in the world.
Hermes, Yves Saint Laurent, Ted Baker and others have stores in Al Hamra Mall. Find cafe’s, restaurants, a health club and a cinema as well.
The Marina Mall is located along the beachfront in Salmiya. The Mall is surrounded by several cafes and restaurants. A large spectacular glass fountain is located at the centerpiece of the plaza.
The Marina Sea Front offers extensive open areas and greeneries with an unique palm tree lined promenade. Enjoy the view over the Marina Yacht Club and walk along the waterfront for several kilometers. Go by boat to Failaka Island or rent a yacht for a few hours with your family or friends.
The Avenues Mall
Stroll through one of the largest malls in the world with more than 1100 stores spread over 12 districts. The districts include 1st Avenue, 2nd Avenue, Prestige, Grand Avenue, SoKu, The Mall, The Souk, The Arcades, Grand Plaza, Electra, The Forum and The Gardens.
Experience elegance and high-end luxury at 360 Mall in Al Zahra area Kuwait. The premier shopping mall offers retail, leisure and entertainment in a luxurious environment.
The Mall was built in Middle Eastern architecture. It features hand-blown glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly, along with a Solar Garden with 21,000 plants growing on a vertical wall. The plants improve air quality and act as a natural bio-filter.
Get a traditional Abaya or Dishdasha at Magic Mall Kuwait. You will find a wide selection here, where you can choose from.
5 of the best Hotels
Adams Hotel 4*
Adams Hotel is just a 5-minute drive from Kuwait Towers. A free private parking is on site. Reach the famous Marina Mall complex after a 10-15 minutes drive.
Relax in the spacious suites, which offer a kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator.
Marina Hotel 5*
The Marina Hotel is located in the heart of the vibrant and up-market shopping district of Salmiya. Walk from here to the Marina Mall and Marina Crescent. From the hotel its a approx. 15 minutes drive to the center of Kuwait City and 30 minutes from Kuwait International Airport.
Enjoy the luxurious and functional amenities, which the prestigious, multi–facility complex offers.
Symphony Style Hotel 5*
Enjoy striking views of the bay from the hotel, which is located at the Arabian Gulf Road. Symphony Style Hotel is just 10 minutes from the beach. Recharge your batteries at the posh hotel in the heart of Salmiya.
The Regency Hotel Kuwait 5*
The Regency is a luxurious hotel with more than 200 elegantly designed rooms and suites. It reflects the traditional style and values of the region.
Enjoy the fascinating lobby decoration and sea view over the Arabian Gulf while you have your coffee or afternoon tea at Al Liwan lobby lounge or terrace.
Try a variety of cuisines at the Silk Road Restaurant. Watch the chefs at live cooking stations preparing the dishes to your liking. Enjoy a delicious barbecue at the exquisite open-air setting during the cooler months.
Celebrate your wedding or any other event in one of the beautiful ballrooms or conference rooms.
Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa 5*
Relax at the lush garden and water complex. Enjoy classic comfort with sea views in the deluxe rooms of the outstanding beachfront retreat. Spoil yourself with a luxurious treatment at the award-winning spa with private suites. Try mouthwatering dishes at exceptional restaurants and lounges.
Make Kuwait a holiday you will always remember!
Things you should know before you travel
Kuwait is located within time zone + 3 GMT.
It is illegal to import, manufacture and serve alcohol.
GCC citizens can enter Kuwait with their national ID. Citizens from other countries need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Obtain a 90 days visa with single entry on arrival at the border for 3 Kuwait Dinar or get an e-visa from below website:
Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
The airport is located around 15 kilometers south of Kuwait City. Airport taxis charge an average of 5 Kuwait Dinar. Airport express buses run 24 hours a day for an average fare between 300 Fils and 1 Dinar per ride, depending on destination. The buses provide rackets to store luggage, free WIFI and charging sockets.
The country code for Kuwait is +965.
Dial 112 for emergencies (police, ambulance and fire) and 101 for operator assistance.
Viva and Zain are main mobile network operators.
Currency and Money
The currency unit is the Dinar. It is sub-divided into 1,000 Fils. Banknotes are denominated in Dinars, while coins have Fils values.
ATM’s are widely available. You can use all major credit cards in hotels, restaurants, shopping centers and for the payment of other activities.
Kuwait’s official language is Modern Standard Arabic. Kuwaiti Arabic, a sub-dialect of Gulf Arabic, is the colloquial dialect. English is often used in business. Traffic signs are English and Arabic.
Kuwait is linked by a modern road system, although there are no metro and trains. Public Transport is limited to buses and taxis at the moment. Kuwait Public Transport Company and City Bus provide excellent public bus services.
Pick up a bus timetable from the main bus station in the city centre. The bus routes cover most of the densely populated areas in Kuwait and run approximately every ten minutes. Fares start from 200 fils per ride. You can buy the ticket from the driver when you get on the bus.
International car rental companies offer services at airports and hotels. Foreigners have to pay an insurance fee of KD 12.500 in addition to the rental amount. Kindly note, that it is not permitted to cross border to Saudi Arabia. But car rental companies such as Sixt offer private chauffeur service to the border.
Modest clothing with the shoulders and knees covered is ideal for women. A headscarf is not mandatory for women, unless visiting a mosque. Men and women’s swimwear should cover shoulders and knees in Sharia’s hotels. Some hotels, like the Jumeirah Messilah, allow women to wear swimwear of their choice.
Kuwaitis sit, talk & stand close to one another. Members of the same sex touch one another during their interactions as an expression of their friendship. Physical contact between men and women is not acceptable in public areas.
Summers are very hot and dry with an approximate daytime temperature between 36 and 51 °C.
Take a weekend break and visit Salalah in Oman to cool off.
Winters in Kuwait are cooler with a daytime temperature usually not higher than 27 °C and it rains occasionally. Don’t forget to bring some warm clothing for the later afternoons and evenings. It can get cold.