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    Kuwait City – a brief overview

    A small city state perched on the northern end of the Arabian Gulf, Kuwait City is blessed with a beautiful coastline, some seriously impressive architecture and a plethora of top-notch places to eat. Unfortunately, Kuwait was, until recently, cursed with some very bad neighbours and as a result of the Iraqi invasion in 1990 and the orgy of looting that followed, still lacks some of the confident grandeur it boasted prior to Saddam Hussein’s attack.

    Nevertheless, what remains is fascinating, with fabulous Islamic art collections, a model Viking ship and the largest dhow in the world among the most interesting sights.

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    Kuwait Towers

    Arabian Gulf Street
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
    Tel: +965 2244 4119
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-2330

    Kuwait’s most striking set of buildings tower 187m above sea level and boast a unique green and blue ‘sequin’ decoration. The main tower is home to a viewing platform that gives you a bird’s-eye view of the coastline below.

    Kuwait House of National Works: Memorial Museum

    Block 7, 71 Street
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
    Tel: +965 2484 5335
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Thu 0830-1300 and 1630-2030
    Sat 1630-2030

    A haunting interactive museum that recreates the horrors of the 1990 Iraqi invasion, which saw 100,000 troops backed by 700 tanks descend on the small city state.

    National Museum

    Arabian Gulf Street
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
    Tel: +965 2245 1195
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Thu 0830-1230 and 1630-2030
    Fri 1630-2030Sat 0830-1130

    Once home to one of the biggest collections of Islamic art in the Middle East, the National Museum was looted by the Iraqis but has managed to recover 2,000 pieces – now all the more priceless for the effort it took to find them.

    The Schientific Centre and Aquarium

    Al Blajat St
    22036 Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Wed 0900-2130
    Thu 0900-2200
    Fri 1400-2000

    One of the largest tropical aquariums in the Middle East, the sail-shaped building is also the place to find an interesting intertidal display as well as to see the daily frenzy when the sharks and stingrays are fed.

    Tareq Rajab Museum

    Jabria, Area 12, street 5
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
    Tel: +965 2531 7358
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Thu 0900-1200 and 1600-1900
    Fri 1600-1900

    Musical instruments, elaborately embroidered prayer caps and shelves of gold and silver jewellery are all found in this tiny museum, built to house the private collection amassed by Kuwait’s first minister of antiquities.

    House of Mirrors

    17 Street 94
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
    Tel: +965 2251 8522
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    Opening times:
    By appointment

    The work of Lidia al-Qattan, the widow of artist Khalifa al-Qattan, this house (in which she still lives) is indeed spangled with mirrored glass both inside and out.

    Al Hashemi Marine Museum

    Al-Bidea
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Opening times:
    Various

    A Viking ship is the unexpected centrepiece of this interesting museum – set within a vast wooden boat and home to an array of rare crafts, among them an antique Arabian dhow.

    Beit Dickson

    Hamad Al-Mubarak St
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu 0800-1230 and 1630-1930
    Fri-Sat 0830-1100 and 1630-1930

    The former home of 1930s British Colonel Harold Dickson and his wife Violet. The exhibits within speak volumes about her love of all things Kuwaiti.

    Arab Fund Building

    Airport Road
    Shuwaikh Area
    21923 Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Opening times:
    By appointment

    One of the loveliest buildings in Kuwait City, the Arab Fund Building also contains some of the city’s most opulent rooms – all of which you can see during a tour bookable by calling ahead.

    Maritime Museum

    Arabian Gulf Street
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu and Sat 0830-1230 and 1630-2030
    Fri 1630-2030

    Like the rest of the Gulf States, Kuwait City was built on trade, and this fascinating museum gives an interesting insight into how it all worked.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Kuwait consitutes a puzzling but intriguing mix of Western liberalism and strict Islam.

    Geography

    Kuwait shares borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. To the southeast lies the Persian Gulf, where Kuwait has sovereignty over nine small islands (the largest is Bubiyan and the most populous is Failaka).

    The landscape is predominantly desert plateau with a lower, more fertile coastal belt.

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    Key facts

    Population: 2695316

    Population Density (per sq km): 151

    Capital: Kuwait City.

    Language

    Arabic, but English is widely understood, especially in commerce and industry.

    Currency

    Kuwait Dinar (KWD) = 1,000 fils. Notes are in denominations of KWD20, 10, 5 and 1, and 500 and 250 fils. Coins are in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 fils.

    Electricity

    240 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin and British-style square three-pin plugs are both used.

    General business opening hours

    Sun-Thurs or Sat-Wed 0800-1300 and 1700-2000.

    Government office hours

    Sat-Wed 0700-1430 (winter); 0700-1400 (summer).

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    Note

    Holidays falling on the weekend are observed during the preceding or following week.

    Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2016
    National Day: 25. February 2016
    Liberation Day: 26. February 2016
    Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension): 06. May 2016
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 07. – 09. June 2016
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 13. – 15. September 2016
    Islamic New Year: 03. October 2016
    Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad): 12. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2017
    National Day: 25. February 2017
    Liberation Day: 26. February 2017
    Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension): 24. April 2017
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 26. and 27. June 2017
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 02. – 05. September 2017
    Islamic New Year: 22. September 2017
    Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad): 01. December 2017

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Kuwait City

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    Kuwait City is not a place for party animals: alcohol is banned and as a result, there are no bars or clubs.

    Instead, there’s a thriving arts scene and plenty of small coffee houses to enjoy.

    Kuwait Little Theatre

    Main Street
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Established in 1948, this is a good place to see contemporary Kuwaiti plays and dance performances.

    English Tea Lounge

    Fahd Al-Salem Street
    Safat
    Kuwait City
    13060 Kuwait
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    Opulently decorated, the English Tea Lounge serves a huge range of teas and cakes to boot.

    Esquires Coffee House

    AL-Jahra
    Awtad Mall
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    A cosy coffee shop that brews up drinks in a huge variety of different flavours.

    Casper and Gambini's

    Old Arabic Houses
    Al-Watiah
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Housed inside an old Kuwaiti villa, Casper and Gambinis is famous for its iced coffee.

    Al Liwan

    The Regency
    Al Bida'a, Al Tawoon Street,
    Salmiya 22012
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    An elegant lounge serving tea and coffee, as well as delicately decorated cakes.

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    Restaurants in Kuwait City

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    Whether you’re after authentic Indian, Lebanese kebabs or just a hearty serving of local fare, Kuwait City has no shortage of places to eat them.

    The Spice Club

    360 Mall
    Sixth Ring Road
    South Surra
    Al Zahra’a Area
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Price: Expensive

    A favourite with Kuwait City’s style set, The Spice Club serves up authentic Indian cooking.

    Al Boom

    Al Bida Road
    Al Ta'awn Street
    Salwa 13122
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Price: Expensive

    Really good fresh seafood served up in a vast dhow built especially for the owners.

    Restaurant Assaha

    Block 1
    Bneid Al Qar
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Price: Moderate

    Housed within a replica 1940s villa, Assaha does local food in traditional style.

    Burj Al-Hamam

    Arabian Gulf St
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Price: Cheap

    Perched in the middle of the Corniche, this is a good spot for a quick Middle Eastern lunch.

    Johnny Rockets

    Al-Salmiya
    Hawally Governorate
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Price: Cheap

    Old-fashioned all-American cooking, with burgers and enormous salads among the highlights.

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    Calendar of events

    Camel Racing

    1 October 2016 – 1 February 2017

    Venue: Al-Atraf Camel Racing Club

    Races start around 0700 or 0800 at Al-Atraf Camel Racing Club on a track 7km west of Al-Jahra. The camel racing season is between October and February.

    Hala Festival

    1 – 28 February 2017

    Venue: Various Venues

    Month-long cultural festival celebrating the spring and marked with shopping extravaganzas.

    National Day

    25 February 2017

    Venue: Various Venues

    National Day marks the foundation of Kuwait as a country in 1961. This country-wide celebration includes public meetings, a firework display and people getting together to eat, drink, sing and dance, and generally celebrate their national identity. Traditional dress is usually worn for the occasion. Fireworks displays on Green Island, off the Corniche, cultural programmes and the dressing of the city in coloured lights.

    Liberation Day

    26 February 2017

    Venue: Various Venues

    One of the most important dates for the people of Kuwait, Liberation Day is celebrated every year on 26 February and commemorates the liberation of Kuwait by the Allied forces from seven months of Iraqi occupation after the 1990-91 Gulf War. This day is characterised by people getting together to revel in the spirit of freedom.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Kuwait City

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    Big Western chains such as Marriott and Le Meridien dominate Kuwait’s hotel scene, although the odd locally run property does crop up.

    Be warned: most are expensive.

    Courtyard Kuwait City

    Al Shuhada Street
    15463 Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Category: Expensive

    A Marriott-run hotel, the Courtyard Kuwait City is lavishly decorated and comfortable.

    The Regency Kuwait

    Al Bida'a, Al Tawoon Street,
    Salmiya 22012
    Kauwait City
    Kuwait
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    Category: Expensive

    A glamorous property with several pools and a perfect beachfront location.

    Hawthorn Hotel and Suites

    Zarkaa Al Yamamah St
    Kauwait City 32075
    Kuwait
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    Category: Moderate

    Beautifully decorated, central and comfortable, the Hawthorn is excellent value for money.

    Holiday Inn Kuwait City

    140 Hamad al Mubarak Str., Gulf Road
    22003 Kauwait City
    Kuwait
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    Category: Moderate

    Much slicker than the European variant, the Holiday Inn is centrally located and convenient.

    ibis Sharq

    Jaber Al Mubarak Street
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait
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    Category: Cheap

    Compact, but smart and affordable rooms in a central location.

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    Best time to visit

    Today: Monday, 05.12.2016 12:00 UTC

    partly cloudy

    temperature


    21°C


    wind speed

    2.5 mph

    7 days forecast

    Tuesday

    06.12.2016

    21°C / 13°C

    Wednesday

    07.12.2016

    19°C / 11°C

    Thursday

    08.12.2016

    18°C / 10°C

    Friday

    09.12.2016

    17°C / 7°C

    Saturday

    10.12.2016

    17°C / 5°C

    Sunday

    11.12.2016

    18°C / 4°C

    Monday

    12.12.2016

    17°C / 13°C

    Climate & best time to visit Kuwait

    Kuwait shares European weather patterns but is hotter and drier. Summers (April to October) are hot and humid with very little rain. Winters (November to March) are cool with limited rain. Springs are cool and pleasant.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    29 °C

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    21 °C

    47 °C

    16 °C

    43 °C

    9 °C

    37 °C

    2 °C

    30 °C

    -1 °C

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    26 mm

    16 mm

    13 mm

    15 mm

    4 mm

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    0 mm

    3 mm

    14 mm

    17 mm

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    6 h

    7 h

    7 h

    7 h

    8 h

    10 h

    9 h

    9 h

    9 h

    8 h

    7 h

    6 h

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    65 %

    57 %

    49 %

    37 %

    25 %

    16 %

    16 %

    20 %

    25 %

    38 %

    51 %

    64 %

    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan29 °C-4 °C18 °C7 °C65 %26 mm46.4 h
    Feb35 °C-1 °C20 °C9 °C57 %16 mm27.8 h
    Mar41 °C0 °C25 °C13 °C49 %13 mm27.0 h
    Apr44 °C6 °C31 °C18 °C37 %15 mm27.6 h
    May49 °C14 °C38 °C24 °C25 %4 mm18.8 h
    Jun49 °C20 °C43 °C27 °C16 %<1 mm010.2 h
    Jul51 °C22 °C43 °C29 °C16 %0 mm09.9 h
    Aug50 °C21 °C44 °C28 °C20 %0 mm09.7 h
    Sep47 °C16 °C42 °C24 °C25 %0 mm09.5 h
    Oct43 °C9 °C35 °C19 °C38 %3 mm< 18.1 h
    Nov37 °C2 °C26 °C13 °C51 %14 mm27.2 h
    Dec30 °C-1 °C19 °C8 °C64 %17 mm26.2 h
    year51 °C-4 °C32 °C18 °C39 %108 mm168.2 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    /Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +965

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Internet cafes throughout Kuwait provide public access to e-mail and Internet services. Many hotels have business centres with Internet access.

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    Shopping in Kuwait City

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    Key Areas

    A city that built its wealth on trade, Kuwait City’s mercantile heritage goes a long way to explaining the locals’ love of all things shopping. Huge glittering malls such as the Marina Mall and Al Mohalab Mall contain every luxury conceivable, as well as international brands – both designer and high street. But for a truly authentic experience, head to the Old Souq where little has changed in the centuries since it was built. Selling everything from frankincense to gold bangles, dates, beautifully embroidered scarves and even pickled shark, this is the place to come for souvenirs.

    Markets

    The Old Souq is the main market and sells just about everything imaginable but there’s also the Gold Souq which focuses on jewellery.

    Shopping Centres

    The Avenues Mall (Al-Rai, Fifth Ring Road) is the largest while Al Kout Mall (Al-Fahaheel) is the nicest to visit but there really is no shortage of choice.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Handshaking is the customary form of greeting. It is quite likely that a visitor will be invited to a Kuwaiti’s home, but entertaining is also conducted in hotels and restaurants. A small gift promoting the company, or representing your own country, is always welcome. The visitor will notice that most Kuwaitis wear the national dress of long white dishdashes and white headcloths, and that many women wear yashmaks. It is important for women to dress modestly according to Islamic law. Men do not usually wear shorts in public and should not go shirtless.

    All other Islamic rules and customs must be respected.

    Convicted users of narcotics can expect to receive a sentence of up to five years’ imprisonment, plus a heavy fine. ‘No Smoking’ signs are posted in many shops. It is greatly appreciated if visitors learn at least a few words of Arabic. Homosexuality is illegal, as is any public affection between men and women. Cohabitation is also illegal. The import and use of drugs, alcohol, pork products and obscene material are forbidden and can lead to imprisonment.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is normally chlorinated and, whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is available and is advised for the first few weeks of the stay. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    Diarrhoeal diseases are common. Hepatitis B is endemic in the region.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Aldoub, Mubarak A.
    Alrashed Hospital
    Salmiyah
    Kuwait
    Tel. +965-886-886 ext: 240

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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