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Kuwait City travel guide

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Kuwait City is home to a beautiful coastline, sprawling desert, and a plethora of museums. If you’re traveling to Kuwait City, this travel guide will give you all of the information you need to know. 

  • Temperature 
  • VISA and passport requirements
  • How to get to Kuwait City
  • Currency
  • Must-see sights
  • Top delicacy 
  • Nightlife

Temperature

Kuwait City has a hot desert climate with temperatures averaging at 45 degrees celsius. In the summer months, Kuwait City experiences some of the hottest temperatures on earth as well as strong wind and dust storms that can last for days. The ideal time to visit Kuwait City is in the spring when temperatures are lower and the humidity is less intense.

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VISA and passport requirements

To travel to Kuwait City you need both a VISA and a passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months. Nationals from the USA and Europe can obtain one-month VISAs on arrival for business or tourist purposes. VISAs on arrivals are free for British nationals, but can not be extended. 

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How to get to Kuwait City 

The easiest way to get to Kuwait City from the UK or USA is to fly directly to Kuwait International Airport. If you are traveling into Kuwait City from other areas of Kuwait or the Gulf region, Kuwait Public Transport Company operates coach trips. Alternatively, you can travel by boat from Shuwaikh Port, which is Kuwait’s main port. 

Currency

The currency of Kuwait City is the Kuwait dinar (KWD). As of May 2021, the Kuwait dinar is the strongest circulating currency in the world with one KWD equaling 3.32 United States Dollars (USD). You can change your currency to KWD prior to your trip by visiting a local currency exchange. Alternatively, credit cards are widely accepted in Kuwait City for both paying in shops, restaurants, and attractions, and using ATMs. It is recommended to budget 150KWD per day. 

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Must-see sights

There are many beautiful sights in Kuwait City but these are our top three picks: 

Kuwait towers 

Kuwait Towers are an integral part of the Kuwait City skyline and one of the most recognisable landmarks in Kuwait. The Kuwait Towers are made up of three slender towers, with the main tower reaching 187 meters high. You can marvel at the towers from below, or travel up and enjoy a meal in the tower’s restaurant, which offers panoramic views of Kuwait City. 

Grand Mosque

Kuwait City’s Grand Mosque is the official Mosque of Kuwait. Spanning 45,000 square meters, the Grand Mosque includes a prayer hall, library of Islamic reference books and documents, and a 5-level car park. It’s striking structure is truly a sight to behold and should not be missed on your visit to Kuwait City. 

Al Shaheed Park

Al Shaheed Park is the largest urban park in Kuwait. Nestled within the park are a variety of gardens, including the Oasis Garden, Museum Garden, and Seasonal Garden. Amongst these gardens are museums, exhibition areas, and outdoor theatres where performers dazzle guests on a daily basis. It is definitely worth scheduling a trip to Al Shaheed Park on your Kuwait City vacation. 

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Top delicacy 

Machboos is considered the national dish of Kuwait. The dish consists of a bed of rosewater and saffron basmati rice, topped with slow-cooked mutton or chicken. The dish is finished with a drizzle of garlic sauce named Daqqus.

Nightlife

Nightlife in Kuwait City is very different from Western nightlife, as it focuses on friends and food. Rather than drinking alcohol, nightlife in Kuwait City centers around smoking hubble-bubble, a technique where smoke is drawn through a fruity mixture of flavours into a water bowl filled with cold lemon water, which cools the smoke before entering the pipe you draw on. 

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There is so much to do and see in Kuwait City that you won’t have time to do your laundry. Luckily, Laundryheap is here to help. Book your Laundryheap service by heading to the Laundryheap website or downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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Fun facts about Kuwait City

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Kuwait City is the capital of the Arab country, the State of Kuwait. It is the third richest country in the Middle East, and home to 4,420,110 people.

  • The name Kuwait City
  • Hot city
  • The Liberation Tower
  • Text savvy 
  • Gigantic banner
  • Not so fast food
  • Soap operas
  • Economy
  • Sports
  • Theatre

The name Kuwait City

The name Kuwait City derives from the Arabic meaning, ‘fortress city built by water.’ The city lies on Kuwait Bay, a natural deep-water harbour, where 90% of Kuwait’s population live. 

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Hot city 

In the summer, Kuwait City is one of the hottest cities on earth. The average summer temperature is 45 degrees celsius. The hot desert climate of the city creates prolonged summers and short winters. In addition to the excruciating heat, sand storms frequently occur during the summer months from the Shamal wind. 

The Liberation Tower 

The Liberation Tower, is a 372-meter high telecommunication tower that stands in the middle of Kuwait City. It is the fifth tallest telecommunication tower in the world, the 39th tallest building in the world, and is over 10% taller than the Eiffel Tower. 

Text savvy 

On the 1st of March 2012, the Guinness Book of World Records recognised Kuwait City as the place where the fastest prescribed 160-character text message was sent. 

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Gigantic banner

The Guinness Book of World Records returned to Kuwait City in 2018, when the record was set for the largest banner to be flown behind a vehicle. The banner measured 4,690 square feet, and was flown behind a vehicle as part of celebrating 100 years since the launch of Chevrolet trucks. 

Not so fast food

When McDonald’s opened in Kuwait City, the drive-through line was, at times, 7 miles long.

Soap operas 

Kuwait soap operas are amongst the most popular in the Arab world. Most of the Gulf soap operas are based in Kuwait and performed using Kuwait dialect. Some of these soap operas are popular in places as far as Tunisia. 

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Economy

Kuwait is a petroleum-based economy. Petroleum and fertilizer are Kuwaits main exports. Petroleum accounts for 90% of export revenues and government income in Kuwait. 

Sports 

Kuwait City is home to the Al Kuwait SC, one of Kuwait’s professional basketball teams. The club regularly competes in the Kuwait Division 1 Basketball League, and has provided Kuwait’s national basketball team with some of it’s top players.  

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Theatre

Kuwait is the only Arab country in the Persian Gulf region that has a theatre tradition. The theatrical movement in Kuwait constitutes a major part of the country’s Arabic cultural life. Kuwait’s theatre tradition began in the 1920’s when the first spoken dramas were released. 

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