Kuwait City, the capital of Kuwait, is a metropolis of tall buildings, shopping malls and luxury hotels. It’s not quite cheap visiting Kuwait City, but there are some cool things to do here, if you have a few days to explore.
BEST TIME TO GO
During summer time, Kuwait gets insanely hot and humid. In general, it’s a dry country. The warmest months are between April and October. This makes the ideal time to visit Kuwait during winter months between November and March, where the temperature will remind you more of a South European spring.
Almost all buildings in Kuwait are air conditioned, so if you do choose to visit during the summer months, you will feel fine indoors. And as there isn’t a lot to see in Kuwait City, you’ll probably spend some of your time in a shopping mall whether it is for shopping or dining.
The airport is located 10 km South from the center of the city. And the only way to get to the city is by taking a taxi. The price is set on 8 Kuwaiti Dinars (approx. 27 USD), which already shows that it’s not the most affordable travel destination.
In the city, there is not much public transportation. There are some busses that you can take in some areas. But it is much easier to take a taxi. If you download the app Careem, you will be able save almost half the costs of a regular taxi.
WHERE TO STAY
I would suggest to stay in the northern area of Kuwait City to be able to get to the ocean fast.
At Marina Beach you’ll have access to multiple malls, The Scientific Center, restaurants, a beachside promenade, a public beach and a park. As the city is not overcrowded with tourists (yet), there is plenty of space to relax. You will even be able to see palms growing on the sand.
Marina Hotel is a great choice if you need the perfect location and great facilities. It is a 5-star resort with 2 outside pools, spa and a private beach. All rooms are spacious and have either a private balcony or direct beach access.
In Kuwait City, you still have access to the ocean. In this area, there are plenty of shopping malls and cafés. You’re also close to the Kuwait Towers, which is probably one of the main sights in the city.
If you prefer that the shopping mall is attached to the hotel, and you still would like to lay by the pool in privacy, I can highly recommend the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. The outdoor pool is located on the 10th floor, from where you can order everything you like from the room service menu (which is quite broad). The hotel even has an Indian restaurant with great options for vegetarians!
CAFÉS AND RESTAURANTS
As there are many American fast food chains, it can at times be challenging to find good local cafés and restaurants. But there are a few good options
This is located just up north of the city with an incredible water view. You’re sitting on a terrace, but the staff has made sure there is plenty of shade all over the place. The wind from the ocean makes it more bearable sitting outside.
They offer both international dishes such as sandwiches, spaghetti and burger while also offering lots of traditional dishes. The menu offers a great variety of juices, which are totally worth a try! They are super delicious and just perfect during hot summer months.
The Horizon in Kuwait Towers
Every day from 7 PM (sometimes 7.30 PM), they offer a huge buffet with traditional Middle Eastern dishes. From the restaurant, which is in the top of the Kuwait Towers, you’ll have a magnificent view over Kuwait City and the ocean. The restaurant is revolving, which means that no matter where you sit, you’ll get to see the entire panoramic view.
Even though Kuwait is part of the Middle East, there are still plenty of beaches to visit. Some of them are public beaches and others require you to pay a fee.
This is a public beach which is popular among foreign workers. It’s a clean beach and close to shopping malls if you need a break and air conditioner.
This beach is considered to have the largest shore of Kuwait. Here you’ll also find a swimming pool, a garden, water games and ice cream bars. Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays the beach is open for ladies only. The entrance fee is between 0.5 and 1 KWD depending on which day it is.
Egaila is a popular spot for picnics. The beach has many palm trees, so there is plenty of shade. There is also quite a long wooden bridge, which takes you far out on the sea. For an additional fee, you also get access to a swimming pool. The entrance fee is 1 KWD, and they are open every day from 8 AM to 10 PM.
Kuwait City has more than 60 malls. Some of them have local brands, while others boom with international brands.
This is the largest and also the coolest shopping mall in Kuwait. It is designed in a way that you think you’re outside walking in the park. But the roof is covered, so there is a perfect temperature in the mall. The mall has more than 800 stores, and you’ll often see the same store 2 or 3 times. It can be quite overwhelming with that many stores, but you can be sure to find anything you need. They also have local brands.
This is the third largest mall in Kuwait and has the typical luxury stores Gucci, DKNY and Armani. But you’ll also find stores like Bloomingdales, Mango and Abercrombie&Fitch. And then they have a lot of food options, where half of them are American fast food chains.
Just by the water you’ll find Souq Sharq mall. On two floors you’ll find plenty of International brands such as River Island, ZARA, The Body Shop and Debenham’s. The mall also has a great supermarket, if you need to buy food, snacks or drinks.
Well, to be honest, Kuwait City doesn’t have much sightseeing other than their many restaurants, shopping malls and beaches. But here’s a few places you shouldn’t miss when visiting the city.
This is a must when visiting Kuwait City. From most areas in the city, you’ll be able to see the towers. If you just want to see the view from the top, the price is 3 KWD (10 USD). But if not, you can also enjoy the area around the towers, where there is a park and a beach with palm trees.
The Scientific Center
In their aquarium, you can watch the fishes and even dive with the sharks if you dare. They also have an IMAX cinema, where they show films using the largest film format in the film industry. At the Scientific Center, they have created Dhow Harbor, which gives the visitors insights into a vital part of Kuwaiti heritage.
This is the largest mosque in Kuwait. This means that many religious celebrations are held here. Today, the building is one of Kuwait’s most treasured landmarks. It took 7 years to build the Grand Mosque starting in 1979 and completing it in 1986. They offer English speaking guides, which you can book at the entrance.
This island is just a 1.5-hour boat drive away from the city. It is known for its 1950s-heritage village. Besides the heritage village, you’ll also find abandoned houses and cars here. As it is only possible to go there a few times a day, the best option is to stay there for one night to get to see as much as possible.
This artificial island is the ideal place for pure relaxation. The park offers plenty of space to play outdoor games and has several restaurants as well. You can rent a bike and tour around the island to visit all the facilities. They even have a swimming pool with a depth of 2.5 to 3 meters.