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Tourist Attractions in Kuwait   by Stuart Mitchell

Kuwait is a modern nation with a rich history. Situated on the Arabian Peninsula between Saudi Arabia and Iraq with its coast on the Persian gulf, it has a culture influenced by the peoples of the Arabian uplands, Mesopotamia, ancient Greece and traders along the spice trail. The modern day Kuwait is an oil rich urbanised emirate. 
Based around the capital of Kuwait City, it has boomed since the discovery of the natural resource in the 1930s. With a cosmopolitan mixture of old and new, Kuwait might be the destination that you've been seeking, for that unique holiday experience or even to settle down. There is certainly plenty to see and do.

Owing to its extensive gulf coastline, Kuwait offers many activities on or around the water. Pearl Diving was formerly a crucial industry in the state before the discovery of oil. Most diving now occurs during pearl diving festivals in which the Kuwaitis re-enact their traditional diving methods before rounding off the festival with song and dance. If you want to get below the water yourself, Kuwait's reefs and islands offers plenty of opportunities to scuba dive and experience the underwater marine life first hand.

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However, if you'd rather stay above the water, the gulf seas off the coast of Kuwait also offer the ideal conditions for yachting, with calm waters and gentle breezes. For those visiting, the Yacht Club in Salmiya offers plentiful mooring. Alternatively, you can take boat trips to experience the tranquillity of the emirate's handful of islands and find a quiet spot for a quick swim. These trips may also offer the chance to squeeze in some fishing which can't be missed. The waters around Kuwait contain an incredibly diverse fish stock ranging from shark and stingray to tuna. If you're planning an activity in a small group you may even prefer to hire your own boat and get complete control over your excursion.
Boats in Sharq Marina with Kuwait Towers in Background, Kuwait
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For those seeking a more high action activity then there are plenty of other opportunities for fun on the water including water skiing, jet skiing and windsurfing (although you may have to purchase your own equipment). Otherwise, why not relax on one of Kuwait's many stunning beaches, perhaps Messilah Beach, Oqialah Beach or the Seafront at Al-Shaab

Kuwait City is a great location to while away your hours shopping whether you are after leading international clothing brands or fresh fish. The Avenues shopping mall in Kuwait City is the state's largest and if you crave some serious shopping you can easily spend a day or two in its international stores with plenty of restaurants and cinemas to keep you fed and entertained in between. For a different shopping experience, take a cool stroll through the promenades of Souk Sharq and its neighbouring fish market on the waterfront in Safat. The traditional architecture creates a unique backdrop as you shop at many of your favourite outlets. Once you're ready for a pit stop, it is the perfect place enjoy lunch overlooking the water at one of its many cafes and restaurants, perhaps sampling Kuwait's traditional seafood and spice infused dishes. The main attraction of Souk Sharq, however, must be its rare example of a functioning water clock - not to be missed.

To gain a better understanding of Kuwait's heritage and culture, your primary destination should be Kuwait's National Museum. Entrance is free and it is by far the best place to learn about the history of Kuwait and its peoples, giving insights into topics such as pearl diving and the spice trade. Particular highlights include the rich archaeological discoveries on the island of Failaka (once settled by ancient Greeks), the extensive collections of Islamic art and its planetarium.
The Scientific Center, on the other hand, combines the largest aquarium in the Middle East, a facility for children to experiment with science themselves and an IMAX theatre showing educational films. The aquarium houses a diverse range of marine fauna from sharks to otters, to penguins. Watch the shark feeding in the evening or get closer to some of the indigenous Gulf sea life. In addition, you can visit the Kuwait Zoo in Omarrya to see a variety of animals, great and small.

Due to its changing economic fortunes, Kuwait is home to mixture of old and new Islamic architecture. One site which must be on any visitor's is Kuwait's largest mosque, the Grand Mosque. The building is covered with beautiful decorations and can be visited by all faiths (as long as you adhere to the dress code). 

Perfume Shop Owner in Old Souq, Kuwait
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However, if you are looking for views then why not head to the iconic Kuwait Towers in the Sharq district of Kuwait City. There are three towers which have become a symbol of the nation and its resistance throughout recent conflict. One tower has a rotating observation deck at a height of 123 metres giving you 360 degree views of Kuwait City and beyond.
Floodlit Water Towers on Sixth Ring Road, Al Farwaniyah, Kuwait
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And if that's not enough, keep an eye out for the 372 metre high Liberation Tower, one of the tallest communications towers in the world.

However, for more action based fun to entertain the children Kuwait has a number amusement parks including the largest, Entertainment City in Al-Doha, with its plethora of rides and arcades set alongside gardens and more serene boating lakes. In addition, children may enjoy the water rides of Messilah Water Village and the Aqua Park (next to the Kuwait Towers), or the ice and roller-skating rinks at Al-Shaab Leisure Park.

With so much to keep you entertained and with Kuwaiti people being so naturally welcoming and hospitable as hosts, Kuwait really is a unique destination whatever the reason for your visit. 

And if you are tempted to stay why not have a look at the Kuwait Property Listings.


About the Author: © Stuart Mitchell 2011. I'm a small business owner. If you're looking for property in Kuwait then visit Kuwait Property Listings or Apartment in Kuwait.


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Al Jahra Copthorne Hotel & Resort
Al Jahra Copthorne Hotel & Resort is the one and only hotel located in the north of Kuwait with the airport only a 25-minute journey away and a 20-minute drive from Kuwait City Centre. The Hotel is part of the “Slayil Al Jahra Tourist Resort” having a shopping mall, theme park and numerous restaurants nearby. With 201 rooms and 60 chalets, the Al Jahra Copthorne Hotel & Resort guarantees to provide guests attentive and personalised service. Taima’a Restaurant offers a sumptuous buffet spread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as superb a la carte options. When dining at this hotel restaurant in Kuwait, guests can enjoy its relaxed, all-day dining experience and magnificent view of the Arabian Gulf, desert, and swimming pool.


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Al Manshar Rotana Hotel Kuwait City
Al Manshar Rotana Hotel is part of Al Manshar shopping and entertainment complex. Our 5 Star Fahaheel Hotel will offer 200 luxurious rooms and suites with fully equipped kitchenettes, a variety of Food & Beverage outlets, all the business facilities including high speed internet connection, leisure, Sports & Health Facilities in addition to extensive fully equipped and flexible meeting rooms with the latest audiovisual equipment. Failaka Restaurant - an all-day-dining restaurant, located on the first floor, offering extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets in a pleasant atmosphere.  Bayview - Relax at the pool side while enjoying an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner as well as a wide choice of snacks and beverages throughout the day.
Courtyard by Marriott Kuwait City
The Courtyard by Marriott Kuwait City, a downtown business hotel in Kuwait, is conveniently located near several embassies and financial and business districts. As you enter our premium atrium-style lobby, our staff greets you with five star service. Guest rooms offer a spacious layout with work desk, free high-speed Internet, satellite TV, mini-bar and safe. With the Courtyard Health Club, rejuvenation is an integral part of your stay. Work out in the fully equipped gym, relax in our steam room or sauna, and swim laps in our outdoor pool overlooking Kuwait City. As part of the magnificent Arraya Centre, the Courtyard by Marriott Kuwait Hotel is near it all: large shopping malls, major companies & the largest conference hall in Kuwait.
Four Points Kuwait, Kuwait City
Located in the heart of Kuwait City, in the hub of Kuwait's commercial and industrial areas. Kuwait International Airport is only 12 kilometers away, and just a short stroll from the shores of the Arabian Gulf. The hotel was specifically designed to make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible. 160 restful guest rooms, excellent service, and useful business facilities accommodate the needs of business and leisure travelers. The 24-hour concierge desk offers such services as ticket confirmations, arranging city tours and sightseeing, and complimentary round-trip airport transportation. Plus, there is a 24-hour gymnasium, 24-hour business services, laundry, and dry cleaning. Guests can also use the pool at the sister hotel, Sheraton Kuwait Hotel & Towers, which is 10 meters away.
JW Marriott Hotel Kuwait City
Located in the heart of the Kuwait city and connected to the luxury Salhia shopping mall, our 5 star Kuwait City hotel is within walking distance to the commercial districts, ministries and banks. Relax in our large guest room or suite featuring luxury bedding, spacious work areas, in-room safe, individually controlled air-conditioning, and mini-bar. Start your day with an international breakfast after a great workout in our Elite Health Club, which also includes a relaxing Jacuzzi and indoor pool. Dine in one of our five restaurants featuring Terrace Grill for the best steaks in Kuwait and La Brasserie for an open buffet-style meal. Every conference or social event becomes magical with incredible culinary options and dedicated event services.
Oasis Hotel Kuwait
Overlooking the main intersection of Ahmad Al-Jaber Street and Mubarak Al-Kabeer Street, the Oasis Hotel is at the heart of the commercial district and within easy walking distance of Kuwait City's souks, shopping malls and restaurants.  Tipu Sultan - open every day for Breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a choice of Indian, Arabic and International dishes, the Tipu Sultan is decorated with ornate ceramic and beaten metal panneling in a style reminiscent of bygone Rajastan palaces. Daily Buffet breakfast is open to residents as well as non-residents. Lobby Cafe - 24 hours service for light meals and snacks.
Moevenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida'a Kuwait
The Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida'a is one of the best hotels in Kuwait. It is perfectly located in the heart of the city in close proximity from key locations: the Kuwait International Airport, Exhibition Centre and shopping districts. Breeze restaurant offers oriental and international buffets plus an extensive a la carte menu, including traditional Swiss dishes. Kuwait's most popular seafood restaurant, Beldani serves excellent seafood alongside fabulous views of the beach. The outdoor terraces of both restaurants with breath-taking views are simply unique. Enjoy sheesha in this amazing setting. The Veranda Coffee Lounge offers stunning views of the Arabian Gulf.
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