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April 6, 2017updated Dec 20, 2023

Things to do in Kuwait

By Lauren Jade Hill

While this Arab country on the Persian Gulf is celebrated for its exceptionally rich cultural heritage, it’s also held in high regard for its modern metropolis Kuwait City. Here, heritage lies alongside modern architecture, and a coastline lies in contrast to the desert outside the city. Take inspiration from our pick of things to do in Kuwait to begin your discovery of this intriguing nation.

Things to do in Kuwait

On a trip to Kuwait, visitors can experience both the old and new sides to this culturally unique nation in the capital Kuwait City. With a skyline that’s punctuated by ultra-modern skyscrapers, this is often the first impression people have of the metropolis. And among these architecturally impressive structures, it’s the Kuwait Towers that have become the symbol Kuwait is known for. The top of the Main Tower is home to Horizon Restaurant, providing dinner with a panoramic view.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Grand Mosque and Beit al-Badr architectural sites both exhibit the nation’s rich heritage and culture, while the city’s souqs give a flavor of local life, from the small, covered Souq Al-Hareem where women sell hand-woven clothing, to Souq ad Dahab Al Markazi, which is the city’s central gold market.

Things to do in Kuwait

For an alternative view of the local culture, pay a visit to the Modern Art Museum, along with the waterfront stretch Al Corniche; here, 10 kilometers of meandering paths, parks and beaches span the coastal stretch between the Kuwait Towers and the Scientific Center. Join both locals and visitors in soaking up the atmosphere of the beaches, restaurants and cafes here.

To gain more insight into what defines this nation, stop by some of Kuwait City’s informative museums. Kuwait National Museum encompasses the Kuwait Heritage Museum, a Planetarium, Archaeological Museum and Boom Al Mouhallab historic dhow. The Tareq Rajab Museum then showcases Islamic calligraphy, one of the nation’s great traditions.

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