Early this year, I was in Kuwait for 27 hours connecting flight on my way to Sri Lanka. It’s my first time to fly Kuwait Airlines and I was not impressed. My flight was delayed for an hour and a half – and apparently, it’s normal for this airline. That’s according to the Kuwaiti guy who is a frequent flyer sitting next to me. Boo…
What to do in Kuwait? I really have no idea. The country is not known as a tourist destination. There’s only very little information about what to do in the city / country. Even my friend who has been living in the Kuwait City for years can’t really recommend a place to visit. He did tell me to walk along the corniche leading to Kuwait Towers. And that’s exactly what I did in the morning – before the heat could burn me to hell.:D What we all know is that they’re rich in gas and oil.
But, of course, there are things to do in Kuwait. I was just not into exploring the city due to the heat, expensive taxis and in such a short time.
Getting Around. It’s not a backpacker’s dreamland. It’s really expensive to go around. Taxi drivers are not keen on using their meters but rely much on their ridiculous estimates. And worst, there’s no Uber or Lyft.
Kuwait Currency. Their money, Kuwaiti dinar, is the world’s highest currency. As of this writing, 1KWD is about 3.3.USD.
Where to Stay in Kuwait. I stayed at iBis Sharq. It’s in downtown and close to both commercial and financial establishments. It’s a kilometre away to the city’s famed skyscraper, the Kuwaiti Towers. These are the views from my room on the 21st floor.
This is, perhaps, the city / country’s most recognizable landmark. These threesome of towers lies on the spit by the Arabian Gulf.
When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, seventy-five percent of Kuwaiti Towers were ravaged by the Gulf War. Unfortunately, Saddam Hussein failed to totally take over the country after seven months of occupation.
The main tower has two spheres of different sizes. Visitors can go up there to see the city’s skyline.
The upper sphere has cafe, a reception hall, a lounge, and a restaurant. It’s also interesting to know that the upper sphere completes its rotation every 30 minutes.
If you look closer, the spheres look like a blue-tiled mosque and it’s pointed columns look like the lean but graceful minarets.
Walk along the corniche – going away from the towers – and you’ll find the other skyline view of Kuwait. Just like these photos below.
From the Airport to Kuwait Towers. If you have 6 or more hours to spare (connecting flight), it’s worth visiting the corniche. Grab a taxi for 6-8 KWD, one way. Explore the corniche and grab a bite at the tower’s restaurant where you can see the city’s panoramic skyline.