Kuwait Tourism


Ideal duration: 4 - 5 days

Currency: Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)

Best time: November - April (Read More)

Budget: Moderately Expensive

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"A Wonderful Mix of The Ancient & The Modern"

Kuwait Tourism

Located at the top of the Persian Gulf, Kuwait is a country that has often been well-known for being rich in oil. Its neighbouring countries include Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq. Kuwait City is the capital of the country and is famous for its modern architecture. Kuwait includes modern day skyscrapers as well as ancient, beautifully built mosques, so it truly is a mix of modernity and the ancient times.

Tourist Places In Kuwait

Regions in Kuwait

There are six provinces or regions in Kuwait. Wafrah is one of the regions which has lots of farm lands. Asimah is known for housing the country's capital. Jahra is located close to Kuwait City. Ahmadi is the area where oil was first discovered. Farwaniyah is the suburb area whereas Hawalli is well known for all its technological accessories.

Best time to visit Kuwait

November - April is the best time to visit Kuwait

This is the best time to visit Kuwait. The temperatures during the day tend to drop during this period and the nights are cold and very pleasant. This is a very conducive period for travel purposes.

Holidify's Opinion

  What's Great?

Less crime. Urban lifestyle. Plenty of accommodation. Tax-free.

  What's not so Great?

Traffic. Extreme weather conditions. Divided society (rich and poor).

For Whom

Architecture lovers. Large family groups. Explorers.

Stay options in Kuwait

There are lots of hotels to choose from when it comes to staying in Kuwait. A number of Western hotel chains can be found here as well. Kuwait City has the best possible hotel options. Apart from popular hotel chains, you can also choose to rent out a chalet or other kinds of accommodation. These chalets are easily available along the south coast. There are also plenty of well kitted out apartments listed on AirBnB that you can choose from.

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Kuwaiti dinar is the national currency. The most frequently used notes are KWD1, KWD 5, KWD 10, KWD 20, KWD 250, KWD 500. Cash is what is most commonly accepted in Kuwait. USD and Euros are also accepted. ATMs and banks are widespread.

There are a lot of ATMs in Kuwait. They are located near banks or shopping complexes. Visa and MasterCard are accepted, in case you would like to withdraw some money from your overseas account. Bureaux de change are present in Kuwait, offering a variety of different exchange rates, so you can choose from the ones that offer you the best rates. Hotels and banks also exchange currency. However, the exchange rates in hotels are not very favourable.

Since alcohol is illegal in Kuwait, there's not much nightlife to speak of. However, there are a lot of great restaurants to go to for a leisurely dinner. People even spend their evenings visiting the various malls.

Kuwait has a lot of malls that you can shop from. Some of the best ones are The Avenues, 360 Mall and Marina Mall, all in Kuwait City. There are also souks that you can visit to stock up on local goods such as spices, perfumes, food products and fabric. You can spend hours in these souks, absorbing the culture as well as the hustle and bustle as everyone sells their wares.

The most popular festivals of Kuwait are Eid al-Adha, Hala February, National Day, Liberation Day, Kuwait Jazz Festival, Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr and the Film Festival.

The first settlers in Kuwait were the Mesopotamians, in 2000 BC. Trade was rampant during that period. The Dilmuns had control over the trade route from Mesopotamia to India. After 1800 BC, Dilmun power began to drop. During the 4th century BC, Kuwait was colonised by the Greeks, under Alexander the Great. Later on, the Sassanid Empire acquired Kuwait. After the Battle of Chains in 636 AD, the Rashidun Caliphate emerged victoriously, and Kuwait became theirs. Kuwait's excellent oil reserves were discovered in 1937, postÊwhich the country truly flourished. Kuwait has also experienced the Gulf Wars, but till date, it remains a commercial, well-to-do country.

Tap water is potable. Most of this tap water is desalinated. However, bottled water is of course available everywhere.

Public displays of affection are not acceptable. Never talk to or treat anyone with disrespect, as the Kuwaitis hold respect very dear to their hearts. Dress in a conservative manner. Do not gift anybody alcohol unless you know that he or she indulges in the same.

Do not carry alcohol, as it is illegal in this country. If you are visiting during Ramadan, make sure to not eat in public, as you could even go to prison for it. Tipping is discretionary. Do not wear tight clothes, as it is frowned upon.

Kuwaitis enjoy a largely homogeneous culture. They respect their traditions and values a great deal. The people maintain strong kinship bonds, as family comes first in their social hierarchy. Kuwaiti culture also sees a gap between the rich, the middle class and the poor. The official religion of Kuwait is Islam. The other smaller religious groups include Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. Arabic is the official language of Kuwait. Apart from that, Urdu, English, Hindi and Persian are also spoken on a wide scale.

The cuisine of this country is a delightful combination of Indian, Arabian, Persian and Meditarranean flavours. Seafood is consumed on a large scale, with fish being a local favourite. Fish is served grilled or fried along with a number of Kuwaiti dishes. The Iranian khubz or flatbread is also eaten here. A traditional Kuwaiti dish is machboos, prepared using basmati chawal, spices, mutton or chicken. In terms of beverages, the people prefer drinking Suleimani tea. They also consume yogurt milk or Leben and some Sherbet varieties.


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