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Book a flight to Kuwait and discover Kuwait City and the surrounding Arabian Desert for yourself. A cultural oasis amid the arid desert, people come from far and wide for the region's sandy beaches, museums and world-class restaurants. Coastal beach resorts are designed for relaxing retreats, whilst the desert offers plenty of opportunities for intrepid explorers.
Whether you wander around the bustling metropolis of the city or head for the uninhabited desert, you'll find wonders a-plenty in Kuwait.
No trip to Kuwait would be complete without a boat trip to Failaka Island. It's easy to get there by regular ferry and the Island's Greek temple and archaeological sites are well worth visiting. Or head for the desert and Kazmah Desert Cliffs – here you'll enjoy stunning views of the bay. It can get busy at weekends as locals head here for uphill jeep challenges.
In Kuwait City itself, the main attraction is Kuwait Towers, opened in 1979. These three towers are home to a viewing platform offering stunning city views, and a restaurant. A guided tour of the Grand Mosque is a great way to spend an afternoon, or why not explore the city's many museums? The War Museum and National Museum offer an insight into this fascinating country's history.
Travel to Kuwait and you'll find life here is laid back and relaxed, particularly during the hot summer months. Why not cool off on a boat trip and enjoy scuba diving or snorkelling? Or you could always head for one of the public beaches or beach resorts. Kuwait's many sea clubs usually have facilities such as tennis courts and swimming pools.
Get out of the city and explore the desert on a guided jeep tour or head off on an organised camping expedition to get a taste of local life. Or cool off in the heart of the city at the Aqua Park near Kuwait Towers, a popular venue on scorching summer days.
You'll find a wide range of international restaurants to choose from in Kuwait, with cuisine from across the globe. Restaurants tend to be grouped together, and 'Restaurants Road' in Salmiya is a good place to head for lunch.
Perhaps surprisingly, few restaurants here serve traditional Kuwaiti cuisine. In the Qibla area of Kuwait City, you'll find a few of these traditional restaurants, serving local specialities. Look out for hummus, shawarma (meat and salad served in pitta) and mezze, a range of small dishes to share.
For an opportunity to dine like the locals, head for Souq Al Mubarakiya on Abdullah al-Salem Street, where you can feast on kebabs, hummus, pickles and Arabian bread at the edge of the old souq. A visit to the Fish Market in Mahboula is a must for seafood lovers. Here you can choose your fresh fish or seafood from the display and it will be prepared and cooked according to your instructions.
In Kuwait City, prices are expensive compared to the rest of the country, and shopping revolves around the city's malls. The Marina Mall is one of the largest and features many international brands. Outside the city, Kuwait's largest mall is The Avenues, where you'll also find a selection of international stores. There's even a world-class cinema where you can enjoy being served by your very own personal butler. Don’t forget to visit the latest addition to the many malls in Kuwait – Gate Mall located in Egaila.
However, it's well worth visiting the city's souqs or markets when you travel to Kuwait; you can often pick up local bargains. Souq Al Mubarakiya sells Oriental and Middle Eastern goods and is also home to a jewellery and gold market. Head for Souq Al-Juma'a on Fridays for second-hand bargains at low prices.
Flights to Kuwait with Qatar Airways arrive at Kuwait International Airport, the country's only airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Kuwait please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)
Voltage: 240 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / G
International dialing code: +965