SLEEK AND SHINY, KUWAIT CITY’S SOARS ABOVE THE PERSIAN GULF AS THE GLITTERING FACADE OF A CENTURIES-OLD CULTURE.

Climbing towers of glass and steel peering towards the sea and the desert in the distance stand side-by-side with magnificent mosques and spirited souks in Kuwait’s resource-rich capital. Alluring and enchanting, Kuwait’s largest city is ever-evolving.

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Kuwait International Airport (KWI)

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DAR AL-ATHAR AL-ISLAMIYYA
ARABIAN GULF ST, QIBLA
Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyya

This outstanding cultural center was sparked by the personal collection of Sheikh Nasser Sabah al Ahmed al Sabah. Decorative ceramics, blown and cut glass pieces, jewelry, manuscripts and textiles comprise what is regarded as one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Islamic art. Beyond the impressive permanent works, the center hosts visiting art exhibitions, concerts, film and live theater events.

FLOWER LATTE
AHMAD AL JABER STREET
Flower Latte

Pop by this quaint boutique, flower shop and cafe for a pick-me-up Turkish coffee and nutella crepe. The garden-inspired modern-romantic interiors—walls adorned with vintage magazine covers and antique store finds—would be very much at home in London or Paris.

Kuwait Camel Racing Club
KABD
Flower Latte

The centuries-old sport of desert camel racing gets a high-tech spin with robots as jockeys. Watch from leather couches in the clubhouse as robots in bright silks are mounted on the backs of the competing dromedaries before speeding off around the the track. The racing season is October through May.

KUWAIT TOWERS
ARABIAN GULF AVENUE, SHARQ
Kuwait Towers

Opened in 1979, these three Swedish-designed towers with glittering blue-green spheres are one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks. Ascend 187m up in the largest tower to the two-level observation deck that slowly rotates for panoramic views. Linger over lunch or dinner at the aptly named Horizon restaurant or have a light snack at the cafe.

SADU HOUSE WEAVING COOPERATIVE
ARABIAN GULF ROAD, NEXT TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KUWAIT
Sadu House Weaving Cooperative

What started as a private initiative in 1978 has grown into a society dedicated to preserving the rich textile heritage of the Kuwaiti Bedouin, from nomadic desert weavers to those in urban areas. Wander the rooms of this traditional Kuwaiti house where intricately crafted cloaks, patterned saddle bags and bright rugs woven with camel and sheep hair offer a deep visual history. Pick up handwoven souvenirs in the gift shop, and relax at the cafe over coffee and cake.

SOUK AL-MUBARAKIYA
BETWEEN THE STREETS OF MUBARAK AL-KABIR, AHMAD AL-JABER AND ALI AL-SALEM
Souk Al-Mubarakiya

For over 200 years, Kuwaitis have haggled over honey, stockpiled spices and bargained over Persian rugs in this massive marketplace, one of the country’s oldest. Wind through the stalls selling everything from perfume to fresh produce to appliances and olives. Stop for lunch at one of the Arabic, Persian or Indian restaurants. If shopping fatigue sets in, revive with a strong brew at the old coffee shop.

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