With skyscrapers dominating skyline to majestic mosques to art museums, Kuwait lets you enjoy the old world charm as well as the magic of bustling modern culture. Its modern architecture is worth noticing. Nestled between Saudi Arab and Iraq, Kuwait stands fifth in the world for oil reserves. Even though, its small in size but is still among the world’s fastest-growing countries and is indeed an exciting place to explore.
Best time to visit: November to April is the best time to explore Kuwait.
Visa and immigration: If you are an Indian passport holder travelling to Kuwait, then you would be required to apply for Kuwait eVisa.
How to reach
By Air: Kuwait International lies 16km away from the south of the city. IndiGo operates non-stop flights between Kuwait and Ahmedabad & Chennai along with seamless connectivity to other destinations.
Getting around: Taxis are the most convenient mode to move around the city. There are also buses run by Kuwait Public Transport Company (KPTC) used by the locals.
It's not just any regular restaurant as it offers an experience. The restaurant is in the form of a boat that has been replicated from the Mohammedi I built in 1979 in Calicut, India. The place is a must visit for food explorers as they will find delicious Omani lobster, grilled Kuwaiti zubeidi fish and Gulf shrimp skewers to satiate their taste buds. It is recommended to make a reservation beforehand as the place is very popular.
Enjoy scrumptious food while having spectacular views of Kuwait Towers. There are so many things to choose here, such as Quinoa and Pumpkin soup with feta, Sea bass with seaweed, Lamb and ricotta risotto, feta and kale too. Even the desserts such as the salted-caramel tiramisu that are hard to resist.
A stunning waterfront restaurant with a terrific variety of food is what defines Burj Al Hamam. Their popular dishes include seafood and grilled meat along with the hummus with lamb and pine nuts. If you take a seat on the terrace, you can enjoy a 270-degree sea view.
Have a shisha or a coffee while enjoying the scenic view overlooking Kuwait Bay. It offers falafel sandwiches and kebabs.
Indulge yourself in stocking up some local stuff like spices, fabrics, perfumes, colourful scarves, gold bangles, dried shrimps and pickled sharks. Visit the souks to get some local shopping flavour. And to shop from various brands head out to the huge and beautiful malls that are awaiting you.
Souk: While Kuwait City has restored its culture of the souq, it has taken the form of smart, modern structures. They still hold the traditional practices like sharp bargaining and gossiping trades. Do buy some dates and olives that are available in best of quality. You can easily spend hours roaming around the place and have lunch by trying delicacies from a number of snack shops.
Sadu House: Grab some quality souvenirs from Sadu House which is a cultural foundation that works towards preserving Bedouin Art. You can buy some traditional weavings that are made using vegetable dyed wool.
Avenues Mall: Don’t miss the chance to shop in the biggest mall in the Middle East. You name it and the mall has it, starting from lifestyle shops, hypermarkets to a traditional souk, a luxury mall along with conference hall, showrooms and even a hotel. Keep a day to visit this European themed grand mall.
Sharq Mall: Your mall visit is incomplete if you don’t go to the Sharq mall which is a beautiful mall near the waterfront. You can also enjoy motor boats and ride in the artificially created lake of the mall.
Marina World: It is another huge mall which is not only popular for shopping but also for fun activities. It is equipped with a five-star hotel, convention hall, coffee houses, cafes and restaurants. The main attraction of this mall is the beautiful glass fountain.
Holiday Inn This hotel is just 5 minutes drive from Kuwait International Airport, making it ideal for business travellers. With its world-class facilities such as spa, relaxation rooms, fitness centre, swimming pool with underwater jets, it is perfect for leisure travellers as well. The hotel even offers complimentary service for airport transfer.
Crowne Plaza This property is also very close to the airport. You can choose from 8 different kinds of cuisines from their dining service. So relax and enjoy a celebrity treatment while you are at Crowne Plaza Kuwait.
Royal Inn Hotel If you are looking for budget accommodation then Royal Inn is a good option. The beach is just 12 minute walk from the hotel and the room are well-equipped with all necessary amenities like flat screen TV and air-condition.
Le Royal A pocket-friendly 4-star hotel that offers a scenic view of the Gulf. It is also equipped with a gym and an outdoor pool.
Regency Hotel The hotel is an uber-luxury property on a private beach on Kuwait’s Arabian Gulf Sea coast. This 5-star property, closer to the airport, boasts of luxurious rooms, marble bathrooms and Italian furniture. The Salmiya area that is famous for shopping is only a few minutes away.
While in Kuwait, a visit to famous Failaka Island must be included in your travel itinerary. Failaka Island is a beautiful island, located at a distance of 20 km from the Kuwait city. It preserves the essence of Kuwait from the past. Before the Iraqi invasion, it uses to be home to over 2000 residents. But after the attacks, many of the residents have left. You will witness damaged houses, schools, offices that will give insights about the severe repercussions of war this place had. It’s a great place for history lovers as the island has some interesting specimens from the Bronze age and Dilmun civilisations. The best time to visit the place is during the springtime because of pleasant weather, lively flora and blossoming flowers. You can also enjoy some water sports, sailing, boating, swimming and even fishing.