Kuwait City is a modern metropolis, where the motives of ancient Arabic fairy tales can be seen through the glass and concrete. Oil flows in its veins, its towers and minarets pierce the sky, the gold of sand surrounds its streets, and the waters of the Persian Gulf wash the quays. Its European roots are closely intertwined with Arab traditions. Kuwait City, or "City," as the locals call it, will find a place for everyone, surprise, mesmerize, and remind about forgotten legends. This city is relatively young, but also very wise. Its wisdom hides in huge halls of libraries and numerous museums, chairs of research institutes. And the And the eyes of this city are focused on the future.
Districts of Kuwait City
Map Kuwait City
The population of Kuwait City
The clothes are mostly in European style. Education and medicine are free; community facilities are paid by the state. You can buy real estate in an interest-free installment plan, and loans are often forgiven. But these rules work only for citizens, and getting citizenship in this country is very difficult.
A brief history of Kuwait City
It wasn't until 1961 that Kuwait became independent. But in the early 90s, it found itself under Iraqi occupation for a whole year and was almost erased from the face of the earth. The vast majority of local residents were forced to flee to Saudi Arabia.
After its liberation, during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, the city recovered rather quickly and now continues to grow and develop.
The best time to visit Kuwait City
May and October are the best time to visit the capital of Kuwait. A pleasant bonus for tourists is a unique phenomenon — a blooming desert.
Although Kuwait is a liberal city, it is still Muslim, so it is worth observing specific rules. Women should avoid dressing up too openly and visiting remote areas of the city alone. Lonely women may not be allowed into the country, in general. Men should not appear in crowded places under the effect of alcohol. This can lead to problems with the law, up to imprisonment. Smoking in public places is also forbidden.
It is forbidden to bring any alcohol, food, or even water when entering the country. There may be problems with objects made of pork leather, such as a purse or belt — pork in any form is a taboo here. Sometimes, tourists with Israeli visas in their passport may have problems crossing the border. It is forbidden to take bars of gold, as well as objects of artistic or historical value and medicines out of the country.
Vaccinations against polio and typhus are recommended before traveling to Kuwait. Tourists will be provided with first aid free of charge in case of need, but they have to pay for subsequent visits.
You can pay for purchases and services in Kuwait only in Kuwaiti dinars; foreign currency is practically not used here. International plastic cards are accepted almost everywhere, but many tourists prefer travel cheques, their exchange rate for local money is much more profitable. Points of exchange take an impressive commission when exchanging small amounts. The larger the amount, the more profitable the conditions are.
What should a tourist do in Kuwait City?
- See and visit the famous "trademark " of the city — the Kuwait Towers. The architectural complex, in addition to aesthetic decoration, performs a very useful function. It supports the water pressure in the city system. After all, there are no sources of fresh water in the country. It is salty even from the deepest wells and needs additional processing. The unusual design of spherical structures is shimmering in the sun. Besides, there is a restaurant in the upper "ball" of the central tower that rotates around its axis. It takes about half an hour to make a full turn for the platform with tables, but that's not enough time to enjoy a delicious meal and stunning views.
- See the size and grandeur of the Grand Mosque. The grandiose building covers an area of more than 45 thousand square meters, including, in addition to the main building, gardens and courtyards with curious flowers, and waterfalls. There are even a library and a 5-level car park for believers. The mosque is open to visitors and excursions, so you can also enjoy its interior furnishings, crystal chandeliers decorated with gold leaf, columns, teak doors, carpets, and stucco.
- Visit the giant ship of Al-Hashemi-II. This vessel is a record holder from the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest whole wooden ship on the planet. It weighs about 2,500 tons and is 100 meters long. There is a chic restaurant on the bow of the boat, but dining there is not cheap.
- Spend an evening at the Musical Fountain and see an unforgettable show of water, light, and music, which involves 220 fountains and three huge pools. This is another "trademark" of Kuwait City, and one of the largest fountain complexes in the world.
- Spend the whole day at the Al Hamra Tower. It has 77 floors of restaurants, boutiques, cinemas, and fitness centers. There are also magnificent observation decks that offer stunning views of the city.
- Admire real oriental luxury when visiting the Seif Palace of the Emir of Kuwait. The elegant tower with its beautiful clock attracts the eye from afar because it was decorated with unique ceramic tiles and real gold.
- Get to the Amusement City Park, located just two tens of kilometers from the city, and spend the whole day riding the attractions. And if you're very tired of the heat, you can go on an ice rink. It works all year round and is very popular among both tourists and locals.
- Get involved, or at least just watch such unusual sports as camel racing and falconry hunting.