Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Kuwait

Kuwait Flag




Why visit Kuwait?
Ideally for the experienced international travelers interested in modern Middle Eastern to enjoy art galleries, beaches, camel racing, culture, desert scenery, malls, markets, museums, ruins, scuba diving, and speed boating.



At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Carpets, copperware, dried fruits, leatherware, opal jewelry, nuts, perfumes, rugs, scarves, silverware, and wooden backgammon sets.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Asida (dessert). Ghraiba (cookies). Harees (stew). Machboos (national dish). Margoog (vegetable stew). Murabyan (rice dish). Muttabaq Samak (fish dish). Quzi (lamb dish).
  • Local Drink to Try:  Arabic Coffee. Arabic Tea. Dried Lime Tea. Kuwaiti Tea.


Fun Facts
  • In 1938, discovered oil reserves.
  • In 1946, the first time to export crude oil.
  • In 1961, became independent.
  • In northern area, the world's earliest reed-boats were discovered.
  • The Scientific Center (Ras Salmiya) is the largest Middle East aquarium.
  • Has the highest valued currency (KWD) in the world.
  • Al-Hashemi II (Kuwait City) is the world's largest wooden ship.
  • Ranks first in social progress amongst the Arab worlds.
  • First country in the world to use desalination for large-scale domestic use of water supply.
  • Home to the largest opera house (Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre - JACC) in the Middle East.
  • Consists of nine islands (only Failaka Island is uninhabited).
  • Bubiyan is the largest island.
  • Highest literacy rate in the Arab world.
  • Films majority of television drama and comedy productions amongst the Gulf ("Hollywood of the Gulf").
  • Only Gulf Arab region country with theatrical traditions.
  • Does not have any permanent rivers.
  • Home to the world's largest breeding colony of crab-plover birds.
  • Kuwait National Cultural District (KNCD) is the largest cultural investment project in the world (over $1USD Billion).
  • Women outnumber men in the workforce.
  • One of the largest shipping industries in the region.


Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (February) Hala Festival.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, National Day, Liberation Day, Mawlid, Islamic New Year, Isra and Mi'raj, Eid al-Fitr, Al-Wuquf Fi Arafa, and Eid al-Adha.


Good to Know
  • Terrorist groups are known to target and attack U.S. citizens.
  • English is widely understood and often used in business transactions.
  • Possession of alcohol and/or narcotics is illegal.
  • A very hot and dry country with flat terrain.
  • Not necessarily a commercialized tourist destination.
  • Taking photographs or video clips of government buildings, military installations, oil-related infrastructure or of people is considered illegal.
  • Gambling, pornography, and prostitution are illegal.
  • Humiliating or insulting any person verbally or through obscene gestures in public places is considered illegal and punishable.
  • Conspicuous wealth is noticeable.
  • Accommodation is costly. However, the cost of food, sightseeing, and transportation is fairly inexpensive. 
  • Summers are some of the hottest on earth (highest recorded, 129°F).
  • At-fault automobile accidents may result in arrests, demands for financial restitution, and/or travel bans preventing you from leaving.
  • Traffic cameras are common at stop lights and for speeding violations. Nonpayment of traffic violations may prevent you from leaving the country.
  • French is taught in schools as a third language for two years.
  • Male homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to 6 years in prison.
  • Highways are considered dangerous due to excessive speeding.
  • Admission to most museums is free.
  • Many businesses close between 12Noon - 4PM.
  • Desert Wildflowers Bloom Season (October - March).

This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport with six months of validity upon return and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA required.
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: $3,000KWD.

Subject to sandstorms

  • Best Time to Visit: November - April
  • Coolest Months: January - March
  • Hottest Months: April - November 
  • Peak Season: June - August


Kuwait City, Kuwait. Photo Credit: Jarrah Mayyal/Unsplash



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