While some might so confidently say “There’s nothing to do in Kuwait! Why would I get my friends to visit when I can just go to them?” we’ve taken it upon ourselves to create a short list of places to take your dearest visitors! When we first started to curate this list, we thought we might struggle to find 10 – reality check; we’re struggling to keep it at 10! So read on to find out about all the cool places you can take tourists to!
SoMu & Mubarakiya Proper
Culture and traditions have stood still in a photographic reflection of the past amidst the modern day hustle and bustle of the city. And with the renovations and urbanization of South Mubarakiya – SoMu – it’s a must visit. Read more here, here, here, and here.
In a country where cruising is dubbed a rite of passage amongst teens, it’s always interesting to go for a ride along the Gulf Road. The scenery is glorious, and the driving culture is fascinating for visitors. If you’re brave, head down the second Ring Road aka Love Road (Shara3 Al 7ob) and watch the sparks fly past.
With a whopping nine islands to pick from, you have no excuse! Rent a yacht or take your friend’s yacht – better yet, find a dingy if you will – and just go. They’re a lot of fun and can make for some amazing photo ops and floating on clear waters.
South to Beach Country
Buy a day pass at one of the resorts down south or hit the shaleih – this country has a major beach, let them experience it! Just remember, the further south you go, the clearer the waters are. Now is the ideal time to go for a swim before the heat gets the best of us all.
The Sharq Marina
The boats alone are a spectacular sight – no I’m not talking about the average yachts, I’m talking about the actual dhows. All lined up and ready to go, the dhows are a symbol of Kuwait’s cultural glory – pearl diving. Speaking of which, the season is almost upon us and the celebrations are impressive.
House of Mirrors
Bet you didn’t know that existed huh? And no, this isn’t your generic House of Horrors mirror clad room – this is a full house in residential Qadisiya containing a whopping 77 tons of mirror and 102 tons of white cement. The mosaic patterns are glorious and twinkle around the entire house! Room of the Universe, anyone?
While London has its dragons guarding the city where the wall once stood, we have gates! Erected in the 1920’s, the four gates were the only entrance and exit to and from the City of Kuwait. While the wall is long gone, the gates are still there marking the original boundary of the city.
Where else would you get the purest of shearling at a bargain price? Don’t believe me? Go see for yourself! Full of odds, ends and oddities – the market is on once a week and offers you the true experience, and joy, of haggling. From Persian rugs to fresh produce – the market has everything! Oh and although your instinct might tell you to head over there on a Friday, don’t – it’s usually on Saturdays.
Beit Al Sadu – Sadu House – is known for their exhibitions on all the traditional weaving techniques of Kuwait. Looms, fibres, and even finished pieces can be found – if you’re lucky, there might be someone sat there, weaving up a masterpiece! A beautiful preservation of the culture.
Architecturally fascinating, the three spears are glorious to look at. While they might still be closed, the exterior alone is a sight. If you get the chance to go in, check out the photographs of after the Iraqi invasion in 1991 – absolutely haunting.
For more options, ideas, and inspiration make sure to check out Lonely Planet for a complete and comprehensive list of sights for tourists! Enjoy!