Kuwait is a land with a deep-rooted history, a unique part of the world where ancient culture stands alongside modern day developments. Prosperous, colourful and cosmopolitan, there is something in Kuwait for every kind of traveler. Whether you plan to explore this extraordinary country by land, by boat, or simply on foot, you will be struck by the beauty of this country and its people.
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There are many things to do in Kuwait, and lots of places to see, but I’ve listed down my five favourite places here. So come with me to explore the sights, sounds (and smells) of this fascinating country.
Kuwait City and its malls
Kuwait City is teeming with markets, beaches and lots of good food. You can explore the city on your own, on foot or by bus, as the city is well laid out and transportation is reliable and cheap. Stroll down the wide boulevards and shop at the many malls that dot the city. You could choose from the western-style Souk Sharq (Kuwait City) and Marina Mall (Salmia) or the newer The Avenues, the largest in Kuwait and with a number of restaurants offering local cuisine. Or, you could shop at the traditional Souk Al Mubarakiya market downtown, where you can pick up a good bargain on Middle Eastern and Oriental items. While in Kuwait, it is also a must to smoke a shisha at one of the many cafes offering this traditional hukkah.
The unofficial symbol of Kuwait, you will see the Kuwait Towers symbol on just about everything in the state, from currency notes to decorative banners. Built by the Yugoslavs and opened in 1979, these towers look beautiful from up close. The first tower houses a rotating viewing platform, with a breathtaking view of the entire city and a restaurant with a daily changing menu. The observation deck at the top of the tower is not to be missed – be sure to bring your camera as the views are amazing. Although the towers definitely look better when they’re illuminated at night, the area tends to get crowded during the evenings, so I recommend heading out to see the towers during the day.
Inhabited as early as the Stone Age, and named ‘Ikarius’ by the Greeks, who settled here, Failaka Island is a treasure house for ancient history buffs. You can explore this ancient trading port with its many old dhows, marvel at the island’s Greek temple and other archaeological sites and lose yourself in ancient history. To reach Failaka Island, take the KPTC ferry from Ras Al Salmiya or hire a private speedboat near Marina Mall.
National Museum, Sadu House and Bayt Al-Badr
If history is your thing then you cannot miss the National Museum (on Gulf Street, next to the National Assembly). The National Museum chronicles Kuwait’s long heritage and includes pieces painstakingly saved from destruction during the Iraqi invasion of 1990. Right next to the National Museum you can find Bayt-Al-Badr, one of the few houses built in old Kuwaiti architecture that still stands to this day. Also next to National Museum is Sadu House, a kind of time capsule capturing the essence of the Bedouin’s life. Made of coral and gypsum, and used as a cultural museum to promote Bedouin arts and crafts, Sadu House is also a good place to buy Bedouin-made goods.
Kazmah desert cliffs
One of the few elevated areas in Kuwait, these desert cliffs make for a fantastic view of the bay area.
So that’s my top five places to see and things to do in Kuwait. Head out and have fun!
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