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Souk Al-Mubarakiya

Squint a little, and perhaps bargain a bit, and Souk Al-Mubarakiya isn’t as far from its humble beginnings as you’d think. Now housed in a series of modern buildings, this city centre bazaar still squawks with the sound of hawkers and sings with the smell of spices, sweets and perfumes. Haggle for everything from Persian rugs to golden necklaces.

Address: North Shuwaikh, Between Mubarak Al Kabir, Ahmad Al Jaber and Ali Al Salem Streets, Kuwait City,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Sat-Thu 0900-1300 and 1600-2100, Fri 1600-2100.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Kuwait House of National Works Museum

Charting the horror of Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait by using models of the city, this museum recalls the annexation with distressing photos and the sound of helicopters and gunfire. It also honours the sacrifices made by ordinary Kuwaiti citizens as well as those of the military and the allies in order to defeat Saddam Hussein’s forces.

Address: North Shuwaikh, Villa No. 32, Kuwait City,
Telephone: +965 2484 5335.
Opening times:

Sat-Thu 0900-1300 and 1700-2100.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Kuwait-house-for-national-works-119867008046105/
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Scientific Center

Sporting the largest aquarium in the Middle East, the Scientific Center has a unique intertidal display, which shows waves at eye level. This is the best way to see the workings of the amphibious mudskipper fish. Don't miss feeding time in the wrap-around, with its floor-to-ceiling shark and ray tanks.

Address: Salmiya, Al Blajat Street, Kuwait City, 22036
Telephone: +965 184 8888.
Opening times:

Sat-Wed 0900-2130, Thu 0900-2200, Fri 1400-2200.

Website: http://www.tsck.org.kw
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Kuwait Towers

Arguably the city’s most recognisable landmark, the thistle-like Kuwait Towers rise from a spit that curls into Kuwait Bay, serving as a good bearings marker across the city. Opened in 1979, the tallest of the three towers reaches 187m (614ft) in height and has a split-level observation deck, gift shop, café and restaurant.

Address: Dasman, Arabian Gulf Street, Kuwait City,
Telephone: +965 2244 4119.
Opening times:

Daily 0900-2330.

Website: http://www.kuwaittowers.com
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah

Probably Kuwait’s most impressive museum, Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah is home to some of much-lauded Al-Sabah Collection. This wonderful cultural centre has more than 30,000 pieces of Islamic art and oddities that range from carpets, jewellery and ceramics to scientific instruments and manuscripts. It also welcomes visiting exhibitions and has an auditorium that hosts concerts.

Address: Al Shaab Area, Arabian Gulf Street, Kuwait City,
Telephone: +965 2240 0992.
Opening times:

Mon-Thu 1000-1900, Fri 1400-1900, Sat 1000-1900.

Website: http://darmuseum.org.kw
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

House of Mirrors

Around 77 tonnes of mirror and 102 tonnes of white cement have been used to create the mirror mosaics that spangle the inside and outside of this residential house. The project was inspired by the decorating of an old piece of dining-room furniture, and grew into an obsession. Ring ahead to request a tour.

Address: , Qadisiya Block 9, Street 94, House 17, Kuwait City, 35809
Telephone: +965 2251 8522.
Opening times:

Tuesday to Sunday 0900-1800 (by appointment only).

Website: http://www.mirrorhouseq8.com
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Al-Hashemi Marine Museum

If boats are your thing, then this museum, with its collection of scaled-model dhows (traditional Arabian fishing boats) and a Viking ship, will impress. The dhow adjacent to the museum, Al-Hashemi II, is the largest wooden boat on earth, measuring a whopping 80.4m (264ft) long and 18.7m (61ft) wide, and weighing an estimated 2,500 tonnes.

Address: , Al Bida Road, Kuwait City,
Telephone: +965 2567 3000.
Opening times:

Sat-Thu 0900-1700, Fri 1400-1700.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Kuwait National Museum

Divided into four different sections, the Kuwait National Museum is a cultural complex that combines the Kuwait Heritage Museum, Archaeological Museum the impressive Boom Al Mouhallab dhow and a Planetarium. Over 2,000 items chart Kuwait’s heritage, including part of the precious Al-Sabah Collection, which was looted during the Iraqi invasion

Address: , Arabian Gulf Street, Kuwait City,
Telephone: +965 2245 1195.
Opening times:

Sat-Thu 0830-1230 and 1630-2030, Fri 1630-2030.

Website: http://www.kuwaitnationalmuseum.weebly.com
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Tareq Rajab Museum

Don't miss this superlative private collection of Islamic art, assembled by Kuwait's first minister of antiquities and his British wife. This eclectic treasure trove of exhibits includes everything from musical instruments, silver and gold jewellery, prayer caps and helmets to costumes of sheikhs and shepherds, Bahraini pearls, manuscripts and masonry.

Address: Jabriya, House 22, Block 12, Street 5, Kuwait, 6156
Telephone: +965 2531 7358.
Opening times:

Sat-Thu 0900-1200 and 1600-1900, Fri 0900-1200.

Website: http://www.trmkt.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Kuwait Corniche

Stretching from Marina Crescent to just past the Scientific Center, there’s nowhere better for an evening stroll than Kuwait Corniche. Overlooking the turquoise bliss of Kuwait Bay, the promenade is dotted with pavilions, shaded walkways and cafés, and is often filled with meandering families as the sun slowly disappears behind the horizon.

Address: Al Shaab Area, Arabian Gulf Street, Kuwait City,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Tourist Offices

Information Centre

Address: Salmiya, Gulf Street, Kuwait City,
Telephone: +965 2562 7230.
Opening times:

Sat-Thu 0900-1300, 1600-1930

Website: http://www.kuwaittourism.com

 With handy leaflets and knowledgeable staff, the Information Center is a good starting point for recommendations on what to do in Kuwait. They also publish Ibtissamah magazine, which showcases upcoming events in the country.

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Mövenpick Hotel and Resort Al Bida'a Kuwait

An elegant, contemporary hotel just 2km (1.2 miles) from the city centre, this lively chain stay provides the perfect antidote to a hot day downtown. With an excellent spa, five swimming pools, two restaurants, landscaped gardens and a private beach, it's a relaxing place to unwind in 5-star indulgence.

Le Méridien Kuwait

With views of the Arabic Gulf as well as the iconic Kuwait Towers, this hotel has a flavour of the French Riviera about it, including rococo furniture and brass-rimmed mirrors. Rooms are sleek and modern, with huge luxury bathrooms, and the service is excellent. The onsite restaurant is decent and free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

Luxury Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa

With the utmost luxury in mind, this beautifully refurbished 5-star hotel feels like an Arabian palace. Its spa has hydrotherapy baths, plus drift and salt rooms, while palm trees line the swimming pool. Other perks include yoga, pilates and reiki classes, its seven stylish restaurants and its private beach.

Marina Hotel

For this price, don't expect the Ritz. Overlooking Mutrah fish market, this is a simple, harbourside hotel offering great views of Muscat's famous corniche. It's basic, and its basement bar can be a little noisy, but its location is within walking distance of Mutrah Souk, making it convenient for sightseeing.

Ghani Palace Hotel

It could do with a bit of a facelift, but the Ghani Palace is one of the few hotels in the city where you don't have to check the address to remember you're in the Middle East. The quirky Arabian-style hotel sports Syrian furniture, Moroccan lanterns and local stucco, plus local-style hospitality to match.

Sheraton Kuwait Hotel and Towers

Jutting out of the commercial centre, this iconic Sheraton is a steal for those on a moderate budget. With 5-stars on its chest, guests can expect everything from king-sized beds and fast Wi-Fi to five fine restaurants and an English tea lounge. Mixing Arabic lavishness with European furniture, it also has a health club and a swimming pool.