An oil rich state, Kuwait is situated in western Asia and is bordered by Iraq to the north and west and Saudi Arabia to the southwest. A busy metropolis of skyscrapers and luxury hotels, this nation amalgamates a strict Islamic way of life and a broad Western liberalism, interestingly quite at the same time.
Kuwait has been named differently by many invaders in the past. In ancient times, the Kuwaiti islands of Failaka were colonized by the Greeks who referred to the islands as Ikaros. When taken over by the Sassanid Empire, Kuwait was called Hajar. Eventually in the 14th century, Kuwait became part of the Islamic caliphate. With many years of unrest over boundary disputes and the Gulf War put aside, the country today is flocked by tourist seeking out experiences in its souks, mosques, deserts, beaches and the traditional values and warm Arabian hospitality that Kuwait has to offer.
As travellers, it is important to respect the culture of the country and its Islamic way of life. During the month of Ramadan, avoid eating in public during the fasting hours as there will be a fine incurred if you do so. Alcohol is forbidden in the country but tourist can consume alcohol at their hotel bars. Women shouldn’t show too much skin in public, thus avoid wearing short skirts and plunging necklines. Bikini’s are only tolerated in the private pool areas of hotels or homes. It is also important to note that travellers should avoid taking pictures of people, government buildings and anywhere near the Iraqi border fence.
The greenest part of Kuwait and home to many expatriates. It is located in the southern most part of the country.
Most populated region and home to Kuwait’s commercial activities.
Home to Kuwait City and 22 other districts.
The largest governorate in Kuwait, it is home to the Bubiyan Island with an area of 863 square kilometres.
Home to Bayan and 9 other districts and famous for its beach front shopping area. Bayan houses many embassies including the embassies of USA, Thailand and Belgium.
Mainly a residential area made up of 8 districts.
Explore Kuwait City:
Visit the National Museum, the Grand Mosque, the Scientific Centre, Souk Sharq, the Kuwait Towers, the Aquarium, Corniche and so much more.
Visit a beach front shopping district:
The Marina World has a neo-classical Spanish architectural design and houses many restaurants, branded outlets and designer labels.
Go to the Pearl Diving Festival:
A 22 year old festival held in August as a tribute to men who dedicated their lives to the pearling industry in Kuwait before it became a nation that extracts oil.
Sailing & Diving:
The Kuwait Offshore Sailing Association run regular races and sail training programmes.
Located in the northern part of the Persian Gulf, its home to an ancient Greek temple and many Greek archaeological sites.
Located behind the Kuwait International Airport, Pro Kart offers a 2-engine Go cart for the speed demon in you.
There is hardly any as alcohol is forbidden, however the cinema going scene and coffee cafe culture is pretty vibrant.
Taste the local flavours:
Sample ‘swarma’ a local sandwich made from Arabic Pita bread, try ‘Qouzi’ made from roasted lamb stuffed with rice which is the national dish of Kuwait or indulge in ‘Zalabia’ fried dough soaked in sweet sugar syrup.
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