If you are planning to visit Kuwait for tourism purposes, it is important to first note that Kuwait is less of a touristic country. As much as the country attracts a considerable number of foreigners throughout the year, most of them travel for business or other related activities.
However, considering that Kuwait is located in the desert, there are actually a number of fun activities to do as a tourist. But before enjoying all the sites and activities that Kuwait has to offer, the first step to prepare for your visit is applying for a visa.
Depending on your nationality, this is usually done online as you fill in your personal details, passport, and other relevant documents. It is also important to apply for the visa as soon as possible as processing times can vary. As soon as you’ve filled up the Kuwait eVisa form all you have to do is wait until your paperwork is processed. After you’ve done the visa application, it is now time for you to visit Kuwait and enjoy your stay to the fullest.
Here are some of the enjoyable things to do in Kuwait.
When it comes to weekend activities, there are actually a lot number of things you can do. Some of the most popular attractions you can visit during the weekend include:
When it comes to sightseeing and exploring Kuwait, the Grand Mosque is a great place to start. Learn about Kuwait’s primary religion as you get to see and understand their customs. Due to their strict laws, it is a requirement for all ladies to have an abaya when entering the mosque. Shoes are also expected to be removed when entering the prayer rooms. Visitors are usually given religious literature or even free tours to help give you an overview of their beliefs.
The Scientific Center
The center was donated as a gift to Kuwait by the late Amir Sheikh Jabber Al-Ahmed Al-Jabber Al-Sabah. The main purpose of the Scientific Center is to enhance the heritage and different cultures in Kuwait. Some of the top attractions at the center include an IMAX THEATRE, the discovery place, and an aquarium.
These towers are among the most renowned landmarks located at Kuwait. It can be a perfect place to catch the general view of Kuwait city, especially during the night. The top of the tower can also be a perfect place to enjoy a relaxing dinner.
Tarej Rajam Museum
The museum is home to more than 300,000 Islamic artifacts collected over a period of more than 50 years. It is also among the best places to visit in Kuwait for history buffs as visitors can find unusual artifacts from all over the Islamic nation.
Kuwait National Museum
Simply put, the museum is worth a visit as it is where you can find out more about the history of Kuwait and how the region used to be during the ancient times. One advantage of visiting the museum is that it is entirely free, making it a good activity for the budget conscious.
Go to the House of Mirrors
Just like the Kuwait towers, this is also another landmark you can find in the country. As the name suggests, the place is completely covered by mirrors. Every room at the House of Mirrors also has its own story to tell. Created by an Italian artist and her husband, they turned their private residence into an art museum. As it is private property, you will need to contact them in advance for a tour.
Go Shopping at the Avenues
When it comes to places to go on a shopping spree, there is no doubt that Kuwait is one of the best places to go. There are several malls and shopping centers that travelers can go to while in the country.
The Avenues, in particular, is one of the biggest and most popular malls that Kuwait has ever had. The mall is home to a variety of brands, including a number of restaurants, coffee bars and entertainment places for kids.
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Al Kout Beach
Created for tourists, this beach like area is home to a mall, a fish market, a variety of restaurants and a beautiful view of the marina. The fish market offers pretty reasonable prices which fluctuates depending on the catch of the day.
Eat in a Traditional Souq
If you’re looking for a local experience, you can head to the Souk Al-Mubarakiya or a traditional souk (market). Here you can find traditional items like spices and local delicacies. There are also loads of food being sold so it’s a perfect opportunity to try the local cuisine and street food. There is no fancy food being sold here as most of the dishes are cheap, authentic, and great for sharing with large groups.
Go on a Desert Safari
Since you’re already in the desert, why not go on a desert safari or enjoy a few spots such as desert biking or camel riding? For those that are interested, you head to Al Waseet to look for people who rent camps (the camping season goes through the end of March). The guys from Nuzha Tours are probably your best bet for a 1-day camping experience.
Hopefully, this article has given you a few good ideas on the things to do in Kuwait. So regardless if you’re just passing through for business or if you plan to stay for a few days, there is a little bit of something for everyone.