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Shopping tours

Those with cash to scorch should try a five-hour shopping tour of Kuwait City with City Discovery. Taking in the glistening gold souks, Souk Al-Mubarakiya and Kuwait's largest shopping centre, the Avenues Mall, tours are a good way of negotiating both the bazaars and the haggling process. English guides and hotel pick up available.

Tel: +44 20 7193 8320.
Website: http://www.city-discovery.com/kuwait-city

Kuwait City excursions

Al-Jahra

Al-Jahra, 40 minutes west of Kuwait City, is the site of the Gulf War's infamous "turkey shoot", the Allied destruction of a retreating Iraqi convoy. The town's only sight today is the Red Fort, a rectangular, mud structure near the highway. The surrounding area is pretty in spring when the desert briefly turns green after the winter rains.

Entertainment City

Located 20km (12 miles) outside of Kuwait City, Entertainment City is known the Disneyland of Kuwait with four areas of themed rides. The vast complex also has exotic gardens, a lake, a mosque, an open-air Roman amphitheatre, restaurants, a zoo and a mini golf course. Note that Mondays are for women only.

Tel: +965 2496 5300.

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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.

Kuwait Continental Hotel

As the trophies behind reception testify, this no-frills hotel on a busy intersection is a favourite with regional sports teams. The refurbished rooms and bathrooms have an Arabian flourish with gilt-edged décor and furnishings that come as a pleasant surprise after the rather casual foyer. It also has a swimming pool and health club.

Hotel ibis Kuwait Salmiya

With a decent location near the Scientific Center, this budget chain hotel also affords some great sea views as well. The rooms are small, but clean and well appointed, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. There's also an on-site gym and a buffet breakfast to set you up for the day.

Mirage Suites Hotel

What the Mirage Suites Hotel lacks in looks and luxury, it makes up for with its sea views. The rooms are basic, but comfortable and well maintained, although try for one that feature vistas over the Arabian Gulf. A short taxi ride from the Salmiya area, the hotel also has its own swimming pool, gym and sauna.

JW Marriott Hotel Kuwait City

The JW Marriot is a 5 star hotel situated in the centre of Kuwait with over 300 rooms. Their best facilities include; a pool, a spa, a fitness centre and a bar/ lounge area. The hotel also offers airport transportation and conference facilities.