While Kuwait is certainly not as well known in tourism circles as some of its other middle eastern neighbors (Jordan, Israel, Syria etc), it is a friendly, small and easy to navigate country. Kuwait City is the heart of the country and is spread out along the edge of the Persian Gulf. The major highways are modern and efficient and gas is very cheap. During our stay we rented a car and drove through much of the country. This is a flat desert country with summer time temperatures often in the mid 40’s C. Attractions in Kuwait City include the Grand Mosque, Kuwait Towers and the Liberation Tower.
A hotel located in the Salmiya region of Kuwait City that we highly recommend is the Ibis Hotel. The staff is extremely helpful (always a bonus to tired travelers just arriving from abroad), the rooms are clean, comfortable and there is a good restaurant on site. In addition if you need visa services the Ibis Hotel is an excellent choice. With a reservation, they can help secure your visa ahead of time and have it waiting for you at the airport. They also provide car pickup at the airport. Kuwait City has a plethora of shopping opportunities including some nice malls and could be considered a cheaper alternative to Dubai. The Ibis Hotel is located within walking distance of several major shopping areas.
For more information about Kuwait, visit: www.visit-kuwait.com
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