Kuwait is an Arabian country located in the Middle East. Kuwait just like the other Arabian countries is a very rich and wealthy country. Kuwait is a desert land with no mountain or river but what brought this country this amount of wealth? The answer is petroleum discovery. Kuwait is a rich country but being rich doesn’t refer to just economics. Kuwait has a rich culture and history as well as a powerful economy.
Other Arabian countries are a bit lost in modernity and they have lost a little bit of their culture and heritage. But Kuwait tried to hold on to the Arabian culture and keep the memory of its history in the mind. In Kuwait, you will see modernity and tradition side by side. you will see the glamour and charm of Dubai and the historical/cultural aspects and places.
In this article, we are going to talk about some of Kuwait’s most popular and best attractions.
The Grand Mosque of Kuwait (Al Masjid Al Kabir)
Every Muslim country has a symbolic grand mosque that presents the importance of religion in the country and Islamic architecture.
The main apron of The Grand Mosque of Kuwait is decorated with chandeliers and eye-catching colors that you can’t take your eyes off them. Most of the main rituals and religious ceremonies are held in this mosque in the Grand Mosque of Kuwait.
If you want to see the greatness and glory of Islamic culture and heritage you have to visit the Grand Mosque of Kuwait. You will see how a mosque shines among the skyscrapers and the grand buildings of the city.
It’s better to put on less revealing clothes and bring a scarf with you if you want to respect the culture and the beliefs of religion.
- Location: 9XHG+Q35, 25, Kuwait City, Kuwait.
- Timings: every day 4 AM to 10 PM
The Avenues Mall
This is probably the most charming and luxurious part of your trip to Kuwait. -The Avenues Mall is composed of four parts: four main avenues, one traditional Souk, and a New Yorkie Soko/Soho style alley.
The interior design of the Avenues Mall in Kuwait is inspired by the nature of Kuwait like the sands, sky, rocks, etc. The Soho area of the Avenues Mall is inspired by the Soho part of New York City. Soko is short for south of Kuwait. The artistic and modern era of this part of the Avenues Mall is a mood changer and unexpected in an Arabian city.
You can find world-known brands, restaurants, and a variety of products in this shopping center. Walking in the main avenue will give you the feeling like you are walking in a European city.
- Location: Ghazali st, Al-Raj, Kuwait.
- Timings: every day from 8 AM to 12 AM
Mirror House of Kuwait
Mirror House of Kuwait is probably the only house in the world that is entirely designed and decorated with mirrors even on the floor!
This house was a private house at first and belonged to two Kuwaiti artists named Lidia and Khalifa. After a while, Lidia decided to design the house with Mosaic mirrors and turn it into a museum.
You’re not allowed to wear heels for visiting the mirror house of Kuwait. You should book a time before you go there. You can’t go there without reservation. If you like any of the objects featured in the museum you can purchase them from the museum gift shop.
After you’re done with the house tour, you can sit in the living room and enjoy a cup of tea with homemade apple pie.
- Location: House 17, Street 94, Block 9, Qadisiya, Kuwait City, Kuwait.
- Timings: call 22518522 to ask for visiting hours and reservation information.
Green Island; Kuwait
You don’t expect this much greenness and trees from Kuwait with a desert/arid climate. but technology can make anything happen. Green Island is an artificial island in Kuwait that was built in the year 1988 next to the coastline of Kuwait.
The welfare amenities in Green Island are a pool, 35 meters in height tower that you can see the entire island from the top of it, a kid’s castle, an Amfi/roman theatre with 700 person capacity, restaurants, etc.
Green Island is the ideal place for a family vacation. There are entertainments for every person of any age. There are places for kids to enjoy as well as adults.
- Location: Arabian Gulf street, Green Island, Kuwait City.
- Timings: every day 9 AM to 10 PM
Souk Al Mubarakiya
Souk Al Mubarakiya is a traditional Arabian shopping center in Kuwait. This shopping center is more than 200 years old. Before the petroleum discovery and the building of modern shopping centers (malls), the Souk Al Mubarakiya was the main shopping center in Kuwait.
You can purchase dates, honey, coffee, Arabian spices, and other Arabian food ingredients from this shopping center and finish your tour with a delicious cup of traditional Arabian coffee.
- Location: situated between the Abdullah Al Mubarak, Abdullah Al Salem, and Palestine streets.
- Timings: open on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 AM to 10 PM
Wealthy Arabian countries like Kuwait and UAE are known for their skyscrapers that present their worth. The most famous skyscraper of Kuwait is the Kuwait towers which have become an icon that everyone will remember Kuwait with picture of these towers in mind.
Kuwait Towers are three towers side by side of different sizes and designs. Kuwait Towers are designed by a Danish designer and they are a symbol of humans and technology.
One of the towers has a restaurant and coffee shop inside it where you can enjoy a pleasant meal in there.
Kuwait Towers are near the Grand Mosque of Kuwait. You can plan the visit to these two places in one day.
- Location: Arabian Gulf street, Kuwait City, Kuwait
- Timings: every day 8 AM to 11 PM
This is the tastiest part of your trip to Kuwait. Murouj is an area 12 kilometers outside Kuwait City filled with food services offering a variety of food and beverages. Despite the various food products, there are some horse riding clubs and places where you can experience traditional Arabian and modern sports like rallies, Archery Shooting, and riding horses.
For experiencing the sports in Murouj, you have to get a reservation from the site and ask for a time. After uploading your request, they will call you from the center and give you the information.
If you have kids with you and they don’t enjoy these activities, you can take them to the playground while you are exploring different parts of Murouj.
- Location: 6th ring road, Near Hunting & Equestrian, Kuwait City, Subhan, Kuwait.
- Timings: every day from 6 AM to 11 PM
- Drive Through is open 24-7
Kuwait Zoo is an extraordinary zoo with over 160 kinds of dangerous animals. There is a great collection of rare birds in the Kuwait Zoo that you can see on 5 different floors. Every floor has at least 12 kinds of birds inside of it.
Kuwait zoo has four different sections:
- Animal section
- Cultural center and life sciences division
- Services and maintenance section
- Veterinary clinic
The main purpose of the Kuwait zoo is to educate children about wild species and how to treat/feed them.
- Location: Airport road, Kuwait.
- Timings: Monday to Saturday from 8 AM to 7 PM.
- Closed on Sundays.
Failaka Island; Kuwait
Failaka Island holds a tragic memory of the war between Iraq and Kuwait in the last century. Failaka Island in Kuwait had more than 2000 residents. This island played an important role in Kuwait’s trade before the war and you can see the survivor parts of the trade culture in this country from the past.
Most parts of Failaka Island are ruined houses and buildings from the past. But there are some restaurants and rest stops on Failaka Island for visitors to have a more pleasant experience.
By exploring Failaka Island’s area you may get confused that such a luxurious country can still have a ruined area like this. But the truth is that Failaka Island will teach you an important part of Kuwait’s history. You can see that even the most modern and charming countries have a history that guides them toward their present situation.
- Location: Persian Gulf.
- Timings: 24-7
Kuwait National Museum
Every country has a national museum that presents a big part of its culture and heritage. The Kuwait National Museum does the same thing for Kuwait’s culture. You can see a glimpse of Kuwait’s long history and rich culture.
There are statues, antiquities, a sample of a traditional house in Kuwait before modernity, historic pictures, and a collection of the Al Sabah family’s history in the Kuwait National Museum.
The museum has 5 buildings in one garden that reminds you of the Traditional Arabian Gardens. If you are curious about the heritage of Kuwait and Arabian culture you should put the Kuwait National Museum on your trip plan to Kuwait.
- Location: 9XF8+7QM، Arabian Gulf Street next to the Seif Palace and Kuwait’s National Assembly، Kuwait City, Kuwait.
- Timings: Monday to Saturday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM- 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Closed on Sundays.
Every year a lot of travelers from around the world pick Kuwait as their destination. This country has plenty of attractions that you can enjoy. We tried to introduce some of Kuwait’s most popular attractions to the local people and tourists. Hope this will help you plan a better trip to Kuwait.