City Guide: Kuwait

Be pampered at Talise Spa

Take time out and restore balance with a treatment at the luxurious Talise Spa in Kuwait. Explore the extensive range of therapies and treatments available from signature massages, specialist facials and hydrotherapy baths then discover the benefits of the Himalayan salt room or invigorating snow and steam rooms. Before your chosen treatment begins, sink into the heated marble beds and find your inner zen in the calming relaxation zone. With 17 treatments rooms, plus two private suites for couples, a fitness studio with personal trainers, there are plenty of ways to discover your inner calm or add a touch of glamour with beauty treatments at the salon.

Visit Souk Al-Mubarakiya

While away a few hours and take a taxi into town to visit Kuwait’s Souk Al-Mubarakiya, the city’s traditional bazaar. Explore the winding alleyways and buy all kinds of products from aromatic herbs and spices, fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, electronics to perfumes, jewellery and colourful textiles. Food stalls offer traditional Arabic shwarmas or if you’d prefer, stop for coffee at one of the al fresco cafés. This is a bustling centre of activity at weekends and great for people watching, especially in the evenings.

Explore Liberation Tower

Regarded as a sign of Kuwait’s independence and a symbol of hope, Liberation Tower can be seen soaring into the sky, perched next to the Arabian Gulf. The city’s tallest landmark is made up of three towers – the main structure is 187 metres high and the lower sphere holds a restaurant, café, lounge and reception hall. The landmark serves as a telecommunications tower but visitors can travel to the different floors of the towers in one of eighteen different lifts, considered to be some of the fastest in the world.

Activities for the kids

If you’re staying at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa with your family then you’ll find an impressive number of sporting and leisure activities for teens and children . Guests can play on the floodlit tennis court, enjoy the use of two swimming pools and the 200 metre stretch of private beach. The Sinbad’s Kids Club has endless opportunities for children and offers supervised activities for those aged under six. The Scene Teens Club includes a game zone with PlayStation, Xbox and Wii consoles, alongside traditional games such as chess, snooker and table tennis. For the cooler, winter months outdoor sports activities are organised including mini beach football and volleyball. A private cinema can also screen movies and accommodate up to twelve children.

Bakhoor boutique

Stay culturally connected in Kuwait with a visit to the bakhoor boutique at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa. Located near to the lobby, the shop is filled with the captivating aroma from the world’s finest selection of bakhoor. Once inside guests can discover the many different varieties and buy perfumes, hand-made in Kuwait. Traditionally burned in a mabkhara to fill Arabic homes with a rich, perfumed smoke, the scent is often used during special occasions such as weddings. It is customary in many Arab countries to pass bakhoor amongst guests in the majlis as a gesture of hospitality. The boutique offers products from Malaysia and Asia, the most exclusive type on sale hails from Sri Lanka and costs 120 KD (AED 1500) for 12 grams.

Failaka Island

For a historical experience and glimpse into the country’s heritage, take a getaway from the mainland and let the ferry whisk you away across the Persian Gulf to the Island of Failaka or also known as “Ikaros” by the Greeks. Curious sightseers and history buffs can explore relics of past Greek civilizations and remnants of the modern Gulf War.  Families and friends can rent a jeep and cruise around the island for surprising discoveries, or opt for other activities such as fishing, sailing, swimming, and water sports.

The Grand Mosque

Located opposite Al Seif Palace and the Stock Exchange the Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in Kuwait, covering an area of 45,000 square metres. The prayer hall is 72 metres wide and the mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 men in the main prayer hall, and up to 950 women in the separate hall for women. Construction for the Grand Mosque started in 1979, and it was completed in 1986. Every day during the week at 9am and 6pm, visitors are welcome to book a Grand Mosque tour. Many impressive facts are revealed about the building and the guides are happy to answer questions about Islam. Visitors should wear long loose fitting clothing or can borrow an abaya and head scarf.

Al-Shaheed Park

Enjoy a leisurely stroll in Al-Shaheed park, the largest park in Kuwait located in the heart of the city. Featuring beautiful landscaping amidst cutting edge architecture, the park is a great platform for showcasing local, international, and regional arts, history, and music. Visitors can learn about Kuwait’s past at the Thekra museum and admire the native flora and fauna at the Habitat Museum. More enjoyment can be had from the exciting community events and recreational activities which embrace the cultural, educational, and artistic life in Kuwait.

Kuwait National Museum

For those who want to immerse themselves into the cultural heritage of Kuwait, the National Museum is the ideal visit. Located in Kuwait City, visitors gain insight into a treasure trove of archaeological findings from Failaka Island. The museum also guides guests into various facets of Kuwaiti life through life-sized replicas of old Kuwaiti houses and models depicting the 40’s and 50’s eras. Another highlight is the national Planetarium that takes you on a celestial journey through an educative insight into the splendour of the universe.

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5 thoughts on “City Guide: Kuwait

  1. There is more to Kuwait than meets the eye, the next time my husband travels I think I may accompany him 🙂

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