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The State of Kuwait, or simply Kuwait, is an Arab Country situated in the northern edge of the Eastern Arabian Peninsula, near the tip of the Persian Gulf. It shares borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and is a relatively small country, as compared to the other surrounding nations in the region.

Kuwait has a population of four million people, wherein 60% of the population comprises of native Arabs. Others that make-up the population are Asians with 37.8%, while 1.9% are African. The official speaking and writing language is Arab, although some dailies and television shows produce English content. Like many other countries in the region, Kuwait is heavily reliant in its petroleum industry.

Kuwait was a war-torn country at the beginning of the 90s when the bigger country, Iraq, annexed the whole of the state. But even as the wars have subsided and the power was regained by the parliament and the monarchy of Kuwait, the country has kept a stronghold on its traditions and its culture – a show of strength and resilience against the conquerors. Because of this, Kuwait has become quite a destination to experience the Arabian culture at its finest.

Souq at Kuwait City – Kuwait City as said, has retained the old souq down to the last detail. Albeit being housed on a slightly modern building, the antiquity of practises is still shown when visiting a souq: haggling, noise, and a mix of products from fresh food, to meat, to clothing, and even to kohl. In Souq Marbarakia, an entire afternoon can be spent just by sampling food choices in the food hall in the area. Meanwhile, the Souq al-Hareem presents its visitors the traditional way of selling: Bedouin women sitting cross-legged on velvet cushions, selling pumice stones, kohl, and gold spangled dresses. The nearby Souq ad-Dahab al-Markazi, on the other hand, is the city's central gold market, selling wedding gold, local pearls, and many other types of jewellery.

Scientific Centre – The Scientific Centre of Kuwait is home to a mesmerising man-made habitat for marine animals and creatures. There are various displays and aquariums available for tourist viewing. First is the unique intertidal display, with waves washing in at eye level. It is home to shoals of black-spotted sweetlips, and the ingenious mudskipper. Second is the display of 3.8 metre (leg to leg) giant spider crabs, together with a living reef and fluorescent jellyfish. But the most spectacular of them all is the wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling shark and ray tanks. The tank is filled with smaller common fishes living side by side with 'jaws' like white sharks, various species, exotic fishes, and others. The centre is also complete with an IMAX cinema and an interactive learning centre called “Discovery Place” where children can spend time making their own sand dunes, and other activities.

Kuwait Towers – Kuwait Towers is the most iconic and famous landmark in all of Kuwait City, complete with its distinctive blue-green studs on the globe atop the tower. It was originally designed by a Swedish architectural firm; the towers were originally opened in 1979, but were closed to public in the recent years for major refurbishment. It was opened in the year 2013. There are three towers, with the tallest tower rising with a height of 187 metres. It is home to a revolving observation deck, a gift shop, and a cafe. Meanwhile, the second tower is used for water storage, while the last and the smallest tower is used to light up the bigger ones. While touring the towers, you will walk through a photo exhibit where pictures of the Iraqi invasion in Kuwait are shown.

How to get around within Kuwait

Travellers can go around the city through private and semi-private transport modes, such as car rental (driving or with a chauffeur), and metered taxis. It is best to book and order a cab in advance before travelling from a reputable taxi company before venturing to your destinations. Public transport meanwhile include buses, but some areas are only reachable by car, and when its peak time, buses are too packed with people, so technically it is more convenient to drive around rather than ride public buses.

How to get there

Getting in Kuwait is easy as pie due to the fact that there are many airline operators coming in and out of the country through their international airports. The main international airport of the country is Kuwait International Airport, located 15.5km south of Kuwait City. The city serves as a hub for Jazeera Airways and Kuwait Airways; but it also services other airlines such as Air Arabia, Air India, British Airways, Cebu Pacific, Emirates, KLM, and Lufthansa. 

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