As Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa celebrates its 5th anniversary, we’ve put together this handy guide to Kuwait. Discover striking modern skyscrapers, Arabian heritage and world-class shopping – Kuwait is rich with treasures and provides the perfect destination for a city break.
Make our luxurious hotel your base for a weekend in Kuwait, and explore everything from magnificent museums to spectacular mosques and bustling souqs!
1) The Avenues
A modern retail city with over 800 stores, The Avenues is Kuwait’s premiere shopping destination and the second biggest mall in the Middle East. Its shimmering glass ceiling and palm tree-lined boulevards render The Avenues a veritable retail oasis. Shop until you drop at the Prestige district’s fine designer boutiques, such as Chanel and Dior, and soak up the old-world ambience of an Arabian market at The Souk. With a spa, cinema and plenty of kids’ activities, this all-round entertainment hub is the perfect place to visit on a weekend in Kuwait.
2) Magnificent Museums
To unlock Kuwait’s captivating past, present and future, ensure at least a portion of your weekend is dedicated to its many museums. The Tareq Rajab Museum houses tens of thousands of examples of precious Islamic art, pottery, glassware and calligraphy. The Kuwait National Museum showcases archaeological treasures and has a Carl Zeiss-built planetarium. Bear in mind that weekend visits to Kuwaiti museums are limited—they are generally closed on Sundays. For some cerebral fun, the Scientific Centre has immersive interactive, futuristic exhibits, along with an aquarium and IMAX. Pay a visit to The Mirror House. This shimmering white brick building is covered with mirror mosaics inside and out, in beautiful pattern formations.
3) Grand Mosque
Located in the heart of Kuwait City, the Grand Mosque is an illustrious example of Islamic architecture. The centre for all the city’s religious celebrations, the imposing building is characterised by its spectacular dome and sky-piercing minarets. Take a guided tour around its large, lavishly decorated prayer hall that accommodates 10,000 worshippers.
4) Souq Al Mubarakeya
A weekend in Kuwait would not be complete without exploring the traditional side of Arab life at Souq Al Mubarakeya. One of Kuwait’s oldest markets, it was once the city’s main trading centre and remains a bustling hive of activity. A feast for the senses, wander around the colourful stands selling aromatic spices, dates and honey and pick up local woven handicrafts, jewellery and beautiful Persian carpets.
5) Al Shaheed Park
A verdant sprawl of green, Al Shaheed Park is Kuwait’s number one outdoor destination for cultural and nature activities. Spend a morning strolling around its botanical gardens, bird aviary and large sculptures before visiting its Habitat environmental museum. In the evening, you can catch theatrical performances or music concerts at Al Shaheed Park’s amphitheatre. The best way to experience the park is by taking a guided tour, where you can learn about the stunning grounds and majestic artworks that occupy it.