Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Kuwait

Kuwait, Officially the state of Kuwait, is an Arab country positioned in western Asia. The country of Kuwait is located towards the Northeastern border of the Arabic word whose meaning is “fortress constructed near water”. Kuwait is a land with deep-rooted history, a unique part of the world where ancient culture stands alongside modern day developments. Kuwait offers plenty of attractions and also there is something in Kuwait for every kind of traveler. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Kuwait with your family are listed below:

1. The Liberation Tower

The Liberation Tower offers a spectacular view of the city of Kuwait; it is one of the extremely popular tourist attractions of the nation. It is named as the Liberation Tower after the triumph in Gulf War over Iraq; it is the 5th highest telecommunication towers in the world and the highest in the middle-east region. The Tower represents Kuwaiti liberation that represents the nation’s resurgence. The tower is 372 meters in height, and is 40 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower. It is definitely a must-visit attraction of Kuwait.

2. The Kuwait Tower

The Kuwait Towers are the incredibly attractive place to visit in Kuwait. The Kuwait Towers are situated on the Arabian Gulf Street in Dasman, promontory to east of City Center. The topmost sphere of the largest tower (187 meters in height), has a revolving observation area and a restaurant with access to high speed lifts. The middle tower comprises one million gallons of water. It is a must visit sightseeing destination with a huge water reservoir, restaurants, cafeteria and a revolving observatory. The tower was opened during the 1979 for public, the tower also has water reservation facilities, which provide water to Kuwait city. The towers were designed by architects Malene Bjorn and Sune Linderstrom.

3. National museum

The National Museum of Kuwait is one of the major tourist attractions of the country. You will find it in close proximity to the National Assemble that includes four buildings and a planetarium. You will find some of the best collections of the world inside the museum, though, stripped and burnt by the Iraqi invaders; it houses the Al Sabah collection of Islamic art, the most inclusive collections in the world. The Museum was the first museum of Kuwait was earlier located in the residential building of Sheikh Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah.

4. Failaka Island

The Failake Island is one of the major tourist destinations of Kuwait. This spectacular island has only soldiers as its permanent residents, as it was once left overwhelmed by the Gulf War. However, the tourist here will get the complete view the remains from settlements of the Bronze Age Dilmuns and Hellenistic Greeks, who left many treasures from which, their past could be reconstructed.

5. Entertainment city

Another top most tourist attraction of Kuwait is the Entertainment city. The city is being managed by the KTEC, you will find situated around 20kms away from the Kuwait City near Doha towards the northern side of Kuwait Bay. Inside the complex you will witness a complete range of amusements based on the theme of “Arab World”, “Future World”, and “the International World”.

6. Kuwait Science and Natural History Museum

The Science and Natural History Museum of Kuwait is one of the major tourist attractions of the country. It keeps a record of the countries technological and scientific progress. On the exhibit you will witness some of the finest collections such as the artifacts on petroleum industry, machinery, aviation, space and zoology, electronics and consist of a health hall and a planetarium. The museum is located on the Abdullah Mubarak Street, and, is open both morning and evenings from Saturday to Wednesday.

7. Kuwait Science Club

The Kuwait Science Club is among the prominent tourist attractions of the country. You will find it on the sixth Ring Road and encompass a wide range of facilities and the latest scientific hardware including the Aujairy Observatory. The club is indeed one of the most visited tourist spots of Kuwait. The club plans to create a casual environment for people of all ages to develop their scientific knowledge and hobbies.

8. Liberation Monuments

Another point of interest in the tourism section of Kuwait is the famous Liberation Monuments. Al-Qurain House, positioned in the Qurain housing region, is a place of bloody battle between Iraq and Kuwait, just before liberation, now transformed into a museum, today the museum is complete dedicated to those who laid down their lives. Even the Iraqi tank, mounted on the Jahra Gate, around the end of Fahd Al-Salem Street is a reminder of the folly of the war.

9. Sadu House

Kuwait is a country that is associated with both the desert and the sea. The Bedouins lived a life governed by the rhythm of seasons. Sadu weaving, characterized by geometric designs woven by hand with dyed, spun and colored wool, is a conventional craft of foremost importance. The Sadu House is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Kuwait.

10. The Scientific Center

The Scientific Center is believed to have been the largest Aquarium that is constructed by the Kuwait Foundation in the Middle East for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). Tourist here can enjoy plenty of attractions such as the natural sea habitats, the coastal edges and desert of Arabian Peninsula, the motion picture of IMAX Theatre, and discover childhood skills in the Discovery Place, you can also explore the Dhow Harbour, and relax at the Scientific Centre restaurant. This place is considered to be ideal for children.

11. The Tareq Rajab Museum

One of the most famous tourist attractions of Kuwait is the Tareq Rajab Museum, which is basically a private collection of the Rajab family. During the early 1950’s they started the collection and was open to general public during 1980. You will find that the museum has two major sections. First one focuses on pottery, calligraphy, metalwork, wood, ivory, glass, and jade carvings of the Islamic world. Calligraphy is presented in a little room, displaying picture from the Holy Quran.

12. Mosques

In Kuwait you can witness some of the finest and most beautiful mosques such as the Salmiya’s pyramid-shaped mosque and the Fatima Mosque in Abdullah Al-Salem, these tow spectacular mosque are the real examples of contemporary architecture. Another prominent mosque of Kuwait is the Grand Mosque, opposite the Seif Palace that is a sign of traditional Islamic styles built using modern technology, while also retaining the local Kuwaiti characteristics and the Islamic tradition of calligraphy.

13. Amusement and Recreational Parks

You will find some of the best and worth visiting amusements parks in Kuwait. Most of the country’s parks and boulevards represent the success of its government in molding the harsh desert environment of Kuwait. Almost all the gardens here have amusement centers and children’s play facilities.

14. Municipal Garden

Other noteworthy gardens to visit in Kuwait are the Municipal Gardens. It is the Municipality that maintains different public gardens around the country. The most famous among these parks is in the Fahd Al-Salem Street. All gardens are designed well with naturally shaded areas.

15. Zoological Park

The Zoological Park of Kuwait is another popular tourist attraction of the country. You will find it in the Omarrya on the Airport Road. This magnificent Zoo is stretched across 180,000 sq. meters of Parkland and also offers around sixty five species of animals, 129 species of birds, five species of reptiles, apart from other animals such as giraffes, zebras, elephants, tigers and lions.

16. Kuwait Musical Fountain

Kuwait Musical Fountain is one of the major tourist attractions of the country. It is said that when the Iraqis had occupied the country, Kuwait Musical Fountain was badly damaged but later the damages were restored. Kuwait Musical Fountain is present in the country’s green belt region and includes beautiful 220 fountains on 3 pools. The musical fountain is loved by children.

17. The city and its malls 

In the beautiful city of Kuwait you will find plenty of attractions such as the markets, beaches and lots of good food. The city has plenty of markets; you can chose among the western-style Souk Sharq (Kuwait City) and Marina Mall (Salmia) or the newer The Avenues, the largest in Kuwait and with a number of restaurants offering local cuisine. Or, you could shop at the traditional Souk Al Mubarakiya market downtown.

18. Bayt Al-Badr

The Bayt Al-Badr is one of famous tourist attractions of Kuwait. You will find it exactly next to the National Museum. Bayt Al-Badr is among the few houses constructed in old Kuwaiti architecture that still stands to this day.

19. Kazmah Desert Cliffs

Th Kazmah Desert Cliffs are among the major tourist attractions of Kuwait. It is one of the few elevated areas in Kuwait, these desert cliffs make for a spectacular view of the bay area. These deserts are the most visited place of Kuwait. Visit and explore these cliffs for ultimate fun.

20. Al-Messilah Beach

Al-Messilah Beach is one of the biggest beaches of Kuwait and at the same time a huge tourist attraction. The beach extends at the Messila coast for 350 meters just off the Fahaheel Expressway. Once here you can explore the coast white colored sand and pure blue sea, which is said to be one of the favorite places to visit in Kuwait. The beach is ideal for tourist of all ages.

21. Aqua Park

The Aqua Park of Kuwait is one of the most visited tourist places and was inaugurated during the year 1995. It is indeed the first water park in the Gulf and at the same time the park is the biggest of its kind in region. It occupies an area of around 60,000 square meters, to be found on the Arab Gulf Street next to Kuwait Towers. Aqua Park offers plenty of attractions for the entire family.

22. Cinemas in Kuwait

You will also find some of the best Cinemas in Kuwait that is said to represent a unique contemporary art. Various cinema screens display movies from allover the world. The cinema halls are designed to be comfortable, large and spacious. To ensure that audience enjoys their time, cinema screens are large and the sound is enhanced with 3D effect. The famous cinemas halls of Kuwait include Al-Sharqia, Al-Fanar, Ajyal, Metro, Plaza, Laila Gallery, Al-Sha’ab and Fardous.

23. Dhow Harbor

Dhow Harbor is one of the major tourist attractions of Kuwait. The Dhow Harbour is located behind the Scientific Complex in Al-Ard area. People here can view the old sailing ships and dhows used for coastal trading, fishing and pearl diving in the past. Furthermore you can also come on-board the ship named “Fateh El-Kheir”. Indeed this ship is the largest and the last surviving wooden dhow from the pre-oil days.

24. Dickson House

The Dickson House is the first British political agent in Kuwait and among the famous attractions of the county. It was constructed during the year 1870 for a Kuwaiti merchant before the Dicksons said to have moved to it during the year 1929. On the other hand, after the invasion, the Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature restored the house and opened it for visitors. Currently the structure is one of the very few manifestations of the 19th century Kuwaiti architecture.

25. Doha Village

The village of Doha in the past was a place for foremost construction of dhows and fishing. It is said that today if you visit this beautiful village, it is like going back in time to view history of Kuwait. The major attraction of this place is the dhows and boats manufacturing unit. Traditional miniatures of dhows are sold to tourists and collectors.

26. Failaka Heritage Village

The Failaka Heritage Village is one of the major tourist destinations of Kuwait. This village has been established similar to the way the old Kuwaiti villages are found. The village preserved the essence of Kuwait in the past. Once here you can also spend your time riding Arabian horses and camels in Failaka Stables, and enjoying barbecues under the moonlight. Among the special establishments of the Heritage Village are Qa’at Al Khair that can seat up to 450 guests, and the Museum Palace of Sheikh Abdulla Al Salim Al Sabah. It is an ideal destination for those seeking a fun filled tour. Also to be found here is a special beach, the Wanasa Beach. On the Wanasa Beach, you can play a variety of water sports or simply enjoy the clear water and golden sand.

27. Green Island

It is said that the country of Kuwait is the desert country but if visit Green Island you will forget that you are living in a desert country. This beautiful island is occupied with colors and greens. In all directions, shrubs and seedlings of all colors are planted everywhere you go. The island offers some of the best attractions to the tourist that includes an amphitheatre that can place up to 700 persons. Concerts and theater shows are help there quite frequently. You can only enjoy the exotic restaurants, the impressive swimming pools as well as the magnificent greens. Children have their special delightful spots. You will find Green Island located off the waterfront spanning 21 kilometers of coastline from Al-Shiwaikh to Ras Al-Ardh.

28. Ice Skating Ring

The ice Skating Ring was established during the year 1980 and it considered as main major landmark and great sport facility. It is said that the Rink is the first of its kind in the Gulf region and the Middle East. The Rink occupies an area of 8398 square meters at the Green Fence area in Kuwait City. The Rink consists of two main rinks. The first is an Olympic rink that has 1800 square meters surface of ice. The other one is comparatively smaller and has 800 square meters surface of ice with an arena accommodating up to 600 viewers.

29. Al-Sha’ab Leisure Park

Al-Sha’ab Leisure Park is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Kuwait to be found towards the southern shore of the City. The park is fully equipped with a variety of means of amusements designed for all ages. The park here is considered to be the perfect destination for enjoy with whole of the family. You can enjoy whole lot of games inside the park. Specially prepared places are found for indoor games and also the outdoor sports like bungee jumping, pony rides and ice-skating.

30. The Touristic Garden

Another interesting place to visit in Kuwait is the Touristic Garden. The Garden is situated in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh area and occupies an area of 87,000 square meters that is fully covered with colorful flowers and palm trees. Inside the garden you will also find a Roman-style theatre that can host up to 2000 viewers. The theater is always made ready for holding weekly festivals and parties.

31. Old Souq

The Old Souq in Kuwait is considered as the true to its origins, the magnificent city of Kuwait, even today has retained the old souq, in their entire complex, bustling and convoluted glory in the city centre. Although partly housed now in a smart, contemporary structure, complete with cubby-holes of lockable wooden shutters, the city did not even give off antique practices, from the sharp haggling over ribands of offal and tails of ox, to the quick-witted trading of olives and dates in the extensive food halls of Souq Marbarakia.

32. Arab Fund Building

The Arab Fund Building is strictly not open to the casual caller but the impressive Arab Fund Building, with a host of exceptionally beautiful rooms, is considered worth trouble of gaining access. You only need to follow the procedure, first call to request an appointment and explain that you wish to see the building’s interior and you’ll be given a guided tour by one of the employees. This spectacular eight-storey atrium with wooden lattices is an exciting place to visit.

33. Aquarium

This magnificent aquarium of Kuwait is the largest aquarium in the entire Middle East. It is housed in a fine, sail-shaped building on the corniche. It is considered as a sign of contentment, perhaps, turtles perch on the back of lazy crocodiles, hedgehogs mate, prickles notwithstanding. You will find the exceptionally beautiful intertidal display, with waves washing in at eye level, is home to shoals of black-spotted sweetlips and the resourceful mudskipper. It is considered a must-visit tourist attraction of Kuwait.

34. Al-Qurain Martyrs’ Museum

The Al-Qurain Martyrs’ Museum is one of the spectacular tourist attractions of the city of Kuwait. This museum is situated in the residential suburb of Qurain, although small but very interesting museum that is a memorial to a cell of young Kuwaiti patriots who tried to resist arrest in February 1991.

35. Al-hashemi Marine Museum

Anther fascinating place to visit in Kuwait is the Al-hashemi Marine Museum. Visit this museum to get the proof that the Vikings made it to the Middle East. Although only model ones, a novel shop sells 21-piece knot boards and Gipsy Moth lanterns among other maritime souvenirs, such as barometers and sextants. The museum is definitely worth a visit.

36. House of mirrors

The House of Mirrors is one of the major tourist attractions of Kuwait. You can visit this house for an unusual art-in-action experience. Inside the house you will find around 77 tons of mirror and 102 tons of white cement have been used in the creation of the mirror mosaics that spangle the whole house – both inside and out. This project was said to have motivated by the decorating of an old piece of dining-room furniture and grew to incorporate epic scenes, as in the Room of the Universe and the Basin of the Sharks.

37. Beit Dickson

One of the fairly interesting tourist attractions of Kuwait is the Beit Dickson. It is a modest, white building with blue trim and was the home of former British political agent Colonel Harold Dickson and his wife Violet. It is said that here their love and contribution to Kuwait is well documented.

38. Corniche

The Corniche includes around 10km of winding paths, parks and beaches on Arabian Gulf St. it is marked towards its southern end by the Scientific Center and at its northernmost point by the Kuwait Towers. You can visit any one of the many beaches, restaurants or coffeehouses to watch a desert sunset, or, on hot summer evenings, enjoy being part of the throng of people flocking to the sea to catch the breeze.

39. Friday Market (Soug al-Jum’a)

The Friday Market that also referred as the Soug al-Jum’a is one of the most famous markets of Kuwait. You will find wide variety of things in the market for relatively cheaper prices. It is an enormous open-air, weekly market is more than a shopping extravaganza – it offers an insight into contemporary Kuwaiti culture and cross-border relations.

40. Popular Traditional Museum

Forming part of the National Museum complex, the picturesque Popular Traditional Museum is considered as the Heritage Museum and Culture Museum. It is one of the interesting places to visit in Kuwait that exemplifies the daily life in pre-oil Kuwait through a diorama of full-sized figures going about their various businesses – be sure to see the bead maker and what the museum booklet describes as the ‘men’s over-robe tailor’.

41. Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque of Kuwait is also referred as the Masjed Al-Kabir is one of the extremely popular tourist attractions of the city. The mosque is situated opposite to the Sief Palace was opened during the year 1986 and it is said it took around KD14 million to construct this magnificent mosque. The largest of the city’s 800 mosques, it boasts Kuwait’s highest minaret (74m) and can accommodate up to 5000 worshippers in the main hall, with room for another 7000 in the courtyard.

42. Yaum Al-Bahhar Village Craft Workshops

The Yaum Al-Bahhar Village Craft Workshops is one of the traditional wind-tower architectures of Kuwait. It is a little place where you can find that the craft workshops are part of a development along the coast that includes walking paths and fountains. The workshops are open at changeable times and some of the items are for sale. Not-for-the-faint-hearted crafts include stuffed bustard, an endangered bird, and shell decorations that you wouldn’t wish on your enemy.

43. Sief Palace

The Sief Palace of Kuwait is an interesting place to visit. It is the official seat of the emir’s court. The Palace is constructed in the L-shaped and faces the roundabout, the palace is the original palace that dates back to the 20th century, while the new and heavily lavish palace, complete with lake, helipad and dock for visitors’ yachts, was completed around the beginning of 2000.

44. National Assembly Building

You will find the National Assembly Building quite near to the National Museum, is among the major tourist attractions of the city. It is an interesting white structure with its distinctive shade and was designed by Jørn Utzon, the Danish architect who also designed the Sydney Opera House, and was completed during the year 1985. The two sweeping roofs were designed to evoke Bedouin tents and is befitting of the first parliament of the region.

45. Replica of the 19th C Dwellings

The Replica of the 19th C Dwellings are located towards west side of the dhow harbor, close to the National Assembly Building in Old Kuwaiti Town. It surely gives you a good idea of what Kuwait City would have looked like before the discovery of oil. Part of the complex is lived in, while the other part is given over to some of the city’s best restaurants.

46. Planetarium

The Planetarium is a part of the National Museum complex which is regarded as one of the interesting places to visit in Kuwait. It is the wonderful, modern Planetarium in the museum complex has shows at around 6pm daily, local children, influenced the room is spinning, clap in syncopated beats every time the accompanying music begins.

47. Red Fort

The famous Red Fort of Kuwait is also referred to as the Red Palace, is one of the best places to visit in Kuwait. The Fort is a low rectangular mud building quite close to the highway and it is believed that the fort name was probably deriving from the color of its walls. It was constructed around a huge open courtyard with several annexes on its western side, the fort played a key role in the unsuccessful 1920 siege of Al-Jahra by the future king of Saudi Arabia.

48. Beit Lothan

The Beit Lothan is the famous cultural centre of Kuwait that encourages the work of Kuwaiti and Gulf artists and craftspeople through regular exhibitions in a 1930s house that was in the beginning the home of the country’s late emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah. Inside the quite garden you will find coffee, tea and a sheesha are available which is adjacent to the centre.

49. Old City Gates

The names of the Old City Gates of Kuwait are the Al-Shaab, Al-Shamiya, Al-Jahra and Al-Maqsab in Safat on Al-Soor St, the street that follows the line of the old city wall the meaning of ‘soor’ in Arabic is ‘wall’. In spite of their ancient appearance, the wall and gates were only constructed around 1920. The wall was destroyed during the year 1957.

50. Beaches

You will find some of the best beaches around the beautiful city of Kuwait. All the way along Arabian Gulf St there are splendid beaches and it is said that nothing can stop a committed paddler from taking a dip in any of them. Beaches in Kuwait are regarded as among the most visited tourist attractions that is enjoyed by people of all the ages.

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