Fly To Kuwait City, Kuwait
Kuwait city is the largest city in Kuwait and boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines, skyscrapers, architectural wonders as well as world famous attractions. This Middle Eastern city is situated northeast of Saudi Arabia, has an intriguing blend of wealth (that is found in the Gulf metropolis) as well as a rich & diverse culture.
The Arab State of Kuwait offers visitors an escape complete with sea breeze, desert plains and cultural exploration. Search and book cheap flights to Kuwait on Travelstart.co.za and prepare for a getaway of extravagant dining, modern shopping and long, lazy beach days!
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Why visit Kuwait City?
- Kuwait exudes the charm of Arabian adventure: indulge in activities such as quad biking down sand dunes and scuba diving in sky-blue beaches to keep your adrenaline flowing!
- Experience an enriched cultural journey that dates back to the early 1600's, from the House of Mirrors, to the Doha Village and the Green Islands which is considered to be one of the best places to relax and unwind!
- With the spectacular settings that are found on the Persian Gulf, including their world-class Arabian hospitality-Kuwait city offers you nothing short of perfection when it comes to having the best holiday!
The official language spoken in Kuwait is Arabic. English is also widely spoken and understood by most locals. Other languages commonly used are: Farsi (the official language of Iran) and Urdu (the official language of Pakistan).
April is when summer begins, during this season there is very little rain and the temperatures tend to be more humid and hot. Winters, which occurs between November and March, are much cooler with limited rain and it is known to be cold during the evenings and pleasant during the daytime.
Overall the best time to visit Kuwait would be during spring, usually starts in February and ends in April, during this time the weather is relatively cool and pleasant, making it perfect sight-seeing.
- Kuwait is the only country in the world that does not have a single natural watercourse.
- The direct translation of Kuwait is ‘fortress built near the sea’.
- Kuwait city has the world’s fifth largest oil reserves.
When visiting Kuwait City one should expect to do more than just indulging in some of the best restaurants and hotels. Explore the main attractions like the Kuwait Towers, the Liberation Tower-which is a representation of the country’s resurgence, and the Kuwait Zoo.
Kuwait is home to so much beauty and stunning beaches can be found on the Persian Gulf, such as Messilah beach, which offer a great place to unwind while soaking up the amazing weather and scenic views.
For adrenaline junkies and the adventurous spirits we suggest Dunning, horse riding, playing golf, indoor swimming and/or diving, sailing and scuba diving!
Kuwait has always been an attraction for Arabian travellers wanting a unique experience, as it is renowned for offering a very proactive lifestyle as oppose to indulging in alcohol as it is forbidden in this land. Due to these strict laws many locals enjoy wholesome nights and days out on the town and visit famous attractions.
The following are a list of must-see points of interest Kuwait City has on offer:
- Bayan Palace
- Kuwait National Museum
- Seif Palace
- The Kuwait Musical Fountain
- Kuwait Scientific centre
- Souk Mubarakia
- Sadu House
- The Grand Mosque
- Avenues Mall
- Entertainment City
Failaka Island is a port reachable by ferry. Here you can see the old dhows and explore the Greek and Bronze Age archaeological sites as well as the Greek temple.
Mina Al Ahmadi can be found 19 kilometres south of Kuwait City and is an oil port. The Oil Display Center pays tribute to the work of the Kuwait Oil Company.
For a great view of the bay check out Kazmah Desert Cliffs in the desert. It’s a popular weekend venue with the locals who enjoy riding their Jeeps and Quads in the sand.
Horse riding, golf, indoor swimming and diving are all popular activities in Kuwait. Swimming is permitted at the public beaches but do remember to cover up and respect the local culture. Sailing and scuba diving are also available.
There’s a good road system in the country and everything is signposted in English and Arabic. Public transport is adequate with dozens of bus routes but if you’d prefer a more comfortable way of travelling, opt for taxis with the orange licence plates that can be hailed from the road.
There is not a huge night life in Kuwait as a result of the drinking restrictions, so people tend to go to malls or restaurants more to socialize and have a good time. Food is a very important part of the culture that is found here, high-end restaurants and street-food stalls are places where you are able to discover new flavours which will take your taste buds on a food journey like no other. Kuwait is known for their culinary specialities and catering services, dishes usually include lots of fresh fish, grilled, smoked and barbecued meats. The most famous dish in Kuwait would be Machboos which is a large platter of rice and lamb, chicken or fish that is served with a homemade tomato sauce called daqqus. A few of the many great restaurants that you are able to find some of the best Kuwaiti cuisine, include:
- Mais Alghanim
- Salt Restaurant
- Silder Station
- Sultan Chef
- La Brasa
The crime in this city is relatively low. However, on the odd occasion it is known that young Arabs especially woman do tend to portray themselves as police in order to receive important and personal documents like Identification documents. Travellers need to remain aware of their surrounding and be cautious when exchanging important information.
Kuwait city is a very religious place, the most followed religion here is Islam which is closely followed by Christianity. The constitution provides religious freedom for Kuwaiti people to be able to practice any religion, ethnic Kuwaitis struggle to maintain their cultural dominance as there is an increasingly complex society that is being depicted in this city. The dominant Kuwaiti culture is homogeneous and it adheres to traditional values, the friction is evident on occasion but it is nothing that cannot be controlled. The culture in Kuwait is evident in many ways through the way in which different sexes interact with one another, to the festivals and holidays that occur in this city, as well as the architecture and the sights that fill up the streets like the amazing Ras Salmiya's pyramid-shaped mosque which is so beautiful.
Kuwait City is considered to be a very conservative city, the following restrictions include:
- Dress modestly, revealing outfits are seen as a sign of disrespect.
- Sexes are allowed to interact with one another, but public displays of affection are usually not advised to do in public areas.
- No alcohol is allowed to be consumed, purchased or imported in Kuwait City.
- Eating, drinking, playing loud music and dancing during daylight hours in public are against the law during the month of Ramadan.
- Most marriages in Kuwait are arranged in accordance with tradition, women regardless of their age, need their father’s permission to marry and they cannot marry a non-Muslim, whereas a man is afforded that privilege.
- Men are also able to legally marry four wives where a woman can only marry one spouse.
- Swimming is permitted at the public beaches but do remember to cover up and respect the local culture.
|Item||Cape Town||Johannesburg||Kuwait City|
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90||R 100||R 78|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22||R 20||R 37|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19||R 20||R 34|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10||R 12||R 26|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35||R 35||R 38|
The Embassy of Kuwait is no longer accepting Visa applications. Citizens of South Africa need to apply for a Visa through their host or hotel in Kuwait. It is strongly recommended that your passport does not contain any evidence of prior or intended travel to Israel. You can contact the embassy of Kuwait in Pretoria (Telephone: +27 12 3420877) for more information, in addition to visa applications.
The High Commission of South Africa
The South African embassy can be contacted via the following channels:
Salwa Block 10, Street 1
House 91, Villa No 3 & 4
P. O. Box 2262
- Telephone: (+965) 2561 7988 or (+965) 2561 8456
- Fax: (+965) 2561 7917
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Kuwait International Airport (Code: KWI) is located in Farwaniyah which is 15 minutes from Kuwait City.
Food and beverages: There are a variety of cafés that are available to passengers that are arriving and departing from the airport. There is also a 24 hour restaurant at the nearby Safir Airport Hotel. Kuwait International Airport has Halal friendly food courts.
Exchange currency: There are banks that are located in Kuwait for more information regarding this you should head to the information desk that is located within the airport.
Lost luggage: If you lost any item of luggage you should contact your handling airline, or you should go to the information desk that is located within the airport.
Airport hotel: The hotels that are located near the airport include Safir Airport Hotel, Crowne Plaza Kuwait Al Thuraya City, Continental Farwaniya, Ramada Hotel Kuwait, and Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa.
Prayer facilities: A prayer room and mosque facilities are available within the Kuwait International Airport.
Car hire: The main car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include Hertz, Europcar, Sixt, and Budget.
Airport hub: Kuwait International Airport (Code: KWI) is a hub for Kuwait Airways and Jazeera Airways.
The information on this page is correct as of March 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.