An Arab country on the Persian Gulf, Kuwait has a cultural heritage dating back to antiquity. The capital, Kuwait City is known for its modern architecture, ranging from skyscrapers to the striking Kuwait Towers, water towers whose design recalls the tiled domes of a classic mosque.
The Kuwaiti Dinar is the world’s highest-valued currency against the US dollar which explains the country’s enormous wealth amassed from significant oil exports into the global market.
Kuwait is a very safe country just in case you’re wondering or worried about it being dangerous. Rich, safe and almost crime-free, Kuwait is a great entry point to the Muslim world of souks, mosques and more importantly, the warm Arabian hospitality.
Being a center of tourism, people visit the country in a very large number and if you ever find yourself visiting Kuwait, below are the 10 best things you should consider doing.
1. Explore the Kuwait Towers
The Kuwait Towers are a group of three slender towers in Kuwait City, standing on a promontory into the Persian Gulf. They were the sixth and last group in the larger Kuwait Water Towers system of 34 towers, and were built in style considerably different from the other five groups. Out of the three towers that make the group, only two are the main points of interest because of their blue spheres and unique interior decoration that will surely have you staring. To make sure you have a perfect time out, there are also two restaurants that serve incredible dishes just in case you want to grab lunch.
2. Check out the Grand Mosque
The Grand Mosque is the largest and the official mosque in the country. Its area spans a whopping 45000 sqm., out of which the building itself covers 20,000 sqm. Situated in the heart of Kuwait City, the biggest mosque in the entire country is home to a number of Islamic celebrations such as Ramadan and Eid. Entry into this holy place means you must take off your shoes at the entrance and women must cover their heads.
3. Visit Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah
Located at the Amricani Cultural Center in Kuwait City, Dar Al Athar al Islamiyyah is a cultural organization operating several cultural centers in Kuwait. The organization has a collection of more than 20,000 items of rare Islamic art. There are a number of worthy artifacts displayed here, from Persia, the Arabian Peninsula, and Mesopotamia. You just can’t help but to love this amazing museum.
4. Reflect at the Mirror House
The Mirror House is the only house in the world covered with mirror mosaics. The building used to be the home of Italian-born artist, Lida Qattan and her husband. Each room has a unique theme with concepts ranging from Sea World and Planet Earth, to Zodiac and the Corridor of Nations.
5. Splurge some cash at Souq Al Mubarakiya
Souq Al-Mubarakiya is one of the oldest souqs in Kuwait and it served as the center of trade prior to the discovery of oil in the country. If you love to shop, you’ll find everything from traditional costumes and Persian silk carpets to jewelry and authentic Arab antiques. In addition to the activities going on in the market, there are also two free mini museums; Sheikh Mubarak Kiosk and Kuwait’s first Islamic pharmacy. Souq Al Mubarakiya is the perfect place to get the best souvenirs.
6. Take a Trip to Failaka Island
Failaka Island is an Island that’s known for the 1950s traditional houses of Heritage Village. The Museum Palace of Sheikh Abdullah Al Salim Al Sabah shows life in the 1900s with camels and Arabian horses kept at the Failaka Stables. This island used to be an outpost of Alexander the Great’s army and it includes the remains of a citadel. This is what we call history coupled with fun, because while you take a look at the events of the past, you will also get to have all the fun you want because jet skis are popular at Wanasa Beach which is also on the Island.
7. Do some Camel-Riding in the Desert
You sure aren’t planning to go to the Middle East without riding on the back of a camel in the Middle Eastern desert. You can enjoy sights such as Kuwait’s famous oil fields and also enjoy activities like dune bashing and quad-biking. It is most memorable when one goes with friends or family to have all the fun in the world, after which you can settle under a tent to enjoy a delicious Kuwaiti dinner.
8. Shop at the second largest shopping mall in the Middle East
The Avenues Mall is the largest shopping mall in Kuwait and the second largest mall in the Middle East. The mall features over 1000 stores along with everything from cinemas to spas, restaurants and hotels. Even when you are not shopping, you can walk around and enjoy the beautiful views different stores in the mall provide or better yet, see a movie or try recipes from different countries.
9. Visit the Kuwait National Museum
Established in 1983 and designed by a renowned French architect, Michel Ecochard, the Kuwait National Museum comprises of five buildings connected by elevated walkways and built around a central courtyard. In the museum, you’re sure to find all you need about Kuwait’s history as the museum is divided into four parts; Kuwait Heritage Museum, Archaeological Museum, Boom Al Mouhallab, and the Planetarium. The good thing is that entry into the museum is totally free and there’s no better place to learn about the rich history of Kuwait.
10. Have some fun at Al Kout Beach
Before you leave the country, you should enjoy some time of relaxation on the shores of Al Kout. Al Kout beach allows you the opportunity to soak up the sun while swimming in the scenic water and feeling the cold breeze. The beach is also famous for its dancing fountain and barbecue parties.