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MIDDLE EAST TRAVEL GUIDE
|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
|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.
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.
|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
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).
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.
|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
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
for hotels in Al-Jahra and surrounding areas
IN AL-JAHRA, KUWAIT
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.
for hotels in Kuwait City
HOTELS IN KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT
browsing hotels in Kuwait City
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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