Located on Arabian Gulf Road in Sharq district, the Kuwait Towers is one of the famous landmarks in Kuwait. Built in March 1979, it comprises two major towers and a minor tower. There are 55,000 circular steel plates surrounding the towers, painted with 8 different colors.
It is the symbol of Kuwaiti liberation, the representation of country’s resurgence, second tallest tower in Kuwait, and the fifth tallest telecommunication tower in the world. Officially unveiled by the late Kuwaiti Amir, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on 10th March 1996, this 372meter tall tower is 40 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower.
Visitors to Dhow Harbour in Kuwait, get to see the old sailing ships and dhows that were used for coastal trading, fishing, and pearl diving in the past. Visitors also get to on-board the ship named Fateh El-kheir (brings good fortune). The ship is the largest, and last surviving wooden dhow. The is located behind the Scientific Complex at Al-Ard area.
Doha Village in Kuwait
Doha Village is a place to visit for those interested in gaining some information about the glorious trading history of Kuwait. Doha Village was famous for construction of fishing and dhows units during the past. Therefore, visiting Doha Village is like returning to history of Kuwait.
Failaka Island is one among the most visited tourist destinations in Kuwait. Located along the northern part of Persian Gulf, and located 20kms away from Kuwait City, and situated opposite to the Failaka Bay, the area covers 24 square kilometers of area, and is one of the most important islands in Kuwait.
Located in the heart of the city, the Kuwait’s Grand Mosque, also referred to as Al-Masjid Al-Kabir, is a wonderful site with traditional Islamic architecture, and is the largest official mosque in Kuwait.
Green Island is well known as the ideal place for relaxation. It is a popular holiday retreat of Kuwait, which is in fact, a reclaimed land, transformed into an artificial island.
Swimming Pool Complex
Located on the Arabian Gulf Road, and spanning an area of 9472 sq. mts., the Olympic swimming pool complex was unveiled in April 1988.
The Fish Market (Traditional)
Kuwait has a number of markets and not all of them are traditional. In fact, because “mall” and “supermarket” are all pretty much translated as souq, they end up being retranslated into English as market, giving visitors the impression that there are far more “markets” (in the mystical Eastern way) than there actually are. This market, in the centre of Mubarakiyya market, is the real thing and the traditional fish souq that people often talk about. In truth, there’s not much here that is very traditional, except that the shrimp auctions, which are supposed to be something to witness. There are also various types of fish here that I haven’t seen before and it is rather fun to see what you end up eating if you visit one of the restaurants in the souq. Photography is allowed, you just have to be courteous and ask the people before you take a few shots.
The Corniche (Salmiyya)It should be obvious that, being on the coast, one of Kuwait’s main attractions is the beach and views of the Gulf. Development in the city and outside of it tends to follow the beach and the Gulf, so there are various part of the city with beach-front facilities for people to enjoy the natural beauty. In Salmiyya, one of the best places to do so is right outside of Marina Crescent. This is easily accessible by car (since you can take a taxi to Marina Mall and then go out through Marina Crescent). It may not be advisable to swim along the Corniche, at least not until the sewage plant leakage is patched up, but you can still get great views of the Gulf and have quite an enjoyable morning or afternoon by walking in the sand and listening to the waves. Families seem to like to picnic along the beach too, so this is, in a way, a good idea for a little family fun. The winds from the sea can sometimes be a bit chilly in the winter months, so don’t forget a sweater or jacket.
Souq Turathiyya (Heritage Souq)The Heritage Souq sounds quite mysterious and Eastern, like something out of a Victorian novel. Unfortunately, the Iraqi invasion and occupation led to the destruction of pretty much anything heritage in Kuwait City. This is a resurrected version of the old souq, with some attempt at restoring its former glory. Fortunately, many of the merchants here returned to their stores after the war, so at least the types of shops here are somewhat traditional, even if Chinese-made garbage is widely available. The fact is that the structure of the souq is of little importance – what matters is the atmosphere and al-bi9, the prospect of the sale. I spent huge amounts of time in the souq, and my evenings back in Ottawa really do feel empty and boring because of the fun of spending them amongst the people in the market. Most men and women are in traditional clothes here and there is numerous shops that sell both abayas and dishadish. By far, though, my favourite experience is going through the various perfume and scent stores. Nothing is more fun than having the salesman smoke your clothes with sandalwood or jasmine incense. The entire atmosphere is magical and there is no better feeling than having spoken with the various merchants, even if you don’t end up buying something. There is undoubtedly nothing more memorable in Kuwait than the time you spent amongst the tujjar (merchants) of this magical place.
One of the common complaints you hear from people who think that they know Arab or Kuwaiti culture is that the people of Kuwait have never produced any notable novel or literary work. While it is true that the art of novel writing is fairly novel to Kuwait (no pun intended; the first novels came in the 1960s or 70s), this does not mean that the people of this country have no literary history. To the contrary, Kuwaitis have long excelled at the art of poetry and the country is fairly famous in the Arab World for its poets. To gather and preserve this tradition, the Kuwaiti government has invested in the creation of the Babtain Central Library, which is devoted to Arabic poetry. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to go into the Library (you have to save something for a second visit), but the sheer size of the building should give some indication of the role that poetry plays in the preservation of traditional Kuwaiti culture.