Places to Visit in Kuwait

The charms of Kuwait do not end with attraction within the city. In this small desert country about the size of New Jersey, the traveler with time on his hands will find a startling range of natural beauty spots and ancient cultural treasures. Some of the best places to visit in Kuwait are listed below.

Aqua Park

Aqua Park was inaugurated in 1995, in Kuwait city. It is located on the Gulf road adjacent to the famous Kuwait Towers. It is the first and the biggest water park in the Arab Gulf Region. The park spreads over an area of 60,000 square meters. If you cannot take your kids to the beach then take them to Aqua Park. The main attraction of this park is Kiddy Pool Area and The Middle Area. The Park offers unlimited entertainment for the whole family.

Entertainment City

Entertainment City is one of the largest utilities in Kuwait. The place provides unlimited fun, entertainment and adventure. It was established in the 12th of March, 1984 and located in Doha on the outskirts of Kuwait.This amusement park is one of the biggest attractions of Kuwait city. It provides a complete range of amusements based on the theme of ‘Arab World’, ‘Future World’, and the ‘International World’, with a variety of rides and entertainment options. The entrance fee to this amusement park is KD 3.500 per person. The area is fully equipped with a police station, ambulance service and a car parking area.

The Kuwait Towers

The Kuwait Towers is the most famous landmark of Kuwait. The Kuwait Towers are located on the Arabian Gulf Street in Dasman, promontory to east of City Center. The views from the topmost sphere of the largest tower are great, has a revolving observation area and a restaurant with access to high speed lifts.

The Scientific Center

The Scientific Center of Kuwait, located in Salmiya, Kuwait, serves as a center for environmental education of the gulf region. This is the largest Aquarium to be built by the Kuwait Foundation in the Middle East for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). The mission of The Scientific Center can offer you the advancement of the natural sea habitats, the coastal edges and desert of Arabian Peninsula, the motion picture of IMAX Theatre, and explore childhood skills in the Discovery Place, visit the Dhow Harbour, and relax at the Scientific Centre restaurant.

Municipal Gardens

The Municipality maintains various public gardens around the country. One of the most popular is in Fahd Al-Salem Street. Kuwait Municipal Gardens are one among the many Kuwait attractions, which are also good places for an outing after the sunset. Moreover people can relax and watch the beauty of the setting sun. The most popular among them is in the Fahd Al-Salem Street.

Dhow Harbour

The Dhow Harbour is situated right behind the Scientific Complex.Visitors of the Dhow Harbor can view the old sailing ships and dhows used for coastal trading, fishing and pearl diving in the past. The name of the ship is “Fateh El-Kheir”, which means Bringer of Good Fortune. Before the discovery of oil, this was one of the main trade activities in Kuwait.

Doha Village

Doha was the site of one of Kuwait’s major construction areas for dhows and booms. Some boats, including miniatures, are still there, but few are built today. Take Gamal Abdul Nasser Street from Kuwait city, and pass through Sulaibikhat. At the junction, turn right into Doha. Some miniature dhows and traditional drills are still sold to tourists and collectors.

Failaka Island

Failaka Island is located in the northern part of the Persian Gulf. In springtime, Failaka Island is regarded as particularly special by Kuwaitis. It has quite a different ecosystem to mainland Kuwait, and its budding flowers and changing temperatures are much appreciated. Failaka is beginning to develop a local tourist industry; it provides fishing, boating, swimming, sailing and water sports. You can also take a boat to visit several other remarkable islands.

Green Island

Green Island is the best place for families and kids to spend time together. It is a man made island in Kuwait, with an area of 785 thousand square meters and diameter of 3140 meters is linked to the sea by a passage, which is 134 meters long. Basically, its more of a picnic spot where you need to bring your own food or have barbeques out there. It’s a long walk to Green Island entrance and also very windy here. So it is not a favorable place to go in winter evenings. Green Island is located off the waterfront spanning 21 kilometers of coastline from Al-Shiwaikh to Ras Al-Ardh.

Ice Skating Rink

Ice Skating Rink was established in March 1980. It is a major landmark and great sport facility. If you are searching for a place to spend a hot summer day in Kuwait, the Ice Skating Rink in Kuwait City is the perfect place to be. The Rink consists of two main rinks. The first is an Olympic rink that has 1800 square meters surface of ice. The arena included can accommodate up to 1600 viewers and provides shoe-changing room, skating equipment store and first aid facility. The other rink is smaller, it has 800 square meters surface of ice with an arena accommodating up to 600 viewers. It is provided with a cafeteria for fast drinks and snacks.

Ahmadi

Ahmadi is an orderly and lovely town containing small houses with large gardens, and avenues. A large, well-tended park and little traffic make this an attractive site for visitors. It was originally built as an oil town in 1948, and so is organized much like a British or American town, with streets clearly marked. It was named after the late Amir Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.The Kuwait oil company has a fine Display Center in Ahmadi. This is a museum devoted to the history of oil, from geological formation through exploration, drilling and recovery. It was destroyed in the Iraqi invasion in 1990, but has been reconstructed with additional exhibits. Call for current information (Tel:398-9111). KOC can also arrange for groups to tour the oil fields themselves. Call their Information Office for details (Tel: 398-1678).

Mutlaa Ridge

Made famous by Desert Storm battles, these sandstone hills, some 60 meters high, offer a break in the flat topography of Kuwait. Situated on the northern rim of the bay, they provide grazing land for domestic herds of sheep, goat, and camels. Wild flowers abound in the spring, and you will find many people picnicking there. As always, be careful and check with authorities about safety procedures.

Khiran

Located about 90 kilometere south of Kuwait city, Khiran is a resort area on the clear blue water of the Gulf. It has very high gulf tides and very low ones, which allow it to be used easily by small boats. In 1981 the sandy coast was leveled and the resort was constructed as part of the Touristic Enterprise Company facilities. It features acres and acres of green grass, an amusement complex, a modern marina, water sport facilities, recreation rooms, restaurants, and all amenities – just the place to break the monotony of dry, dusty, brown Kuwait City. Reservations for chalets and studio flats are necessary well in advance (Tel: 562-9493),as the resort is nearly always fully booked.

Wafra Farms

Wafra is home to 200 privately-owned farms and an experimental farm founded by the government. They raise dairy cattle, poultry, a variety of grains, tomatoes, radishes, melons, cucumber…etc. You can visit from Saturday through Thursday. On Friday, an open market sells many locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Take the Wafra exit past Ahmadi, and drive 30 kilometers south. Turn left at the Wafra farms exit and go ten more kilometers.

Swimming Pool Complex

The Swimming Pool Complex was established by the Touristic Enterprises Company in April 1988, on the Arabian Gulf Road over an area of 9472 square meters. The complex has five superior swimming pools with different measures, including a kid’s pool and an Olympic pool. The Olympic Pool that is well-equipped to hold out tournaments and championships. The cold winter weather need not stop you from diving right in; there is heating system to take care of your comfort.

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