Cheap Flights to Kuwait
A country that has been transformed since the discovery of oil in the 1930s, Kuwait is located at the northernmost section of the Arabian Gulf between Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Kuwait City is the economic and political capital of the country, offering both historic Islamic and modern architecture and an international atmosphere. Many who catch flights to Kuwait travel there on business or to check out the city's skyscrapers along with its thriving theatrical and historical traditions. The ultra-modern Kuwait International Airport (KWI) is just south of the city.
Kuwait International Airport
Kuwait International Airport (KWI) is located 9 miles south of Kuwait City and was renovated in 1999-2001 to accommodate the growing number of travelers coming to the area. Flights to Kuwait are offered by American Airlines, British Airways, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Alitalia and Air India. The airport has a health center, restaurants, shopping and currency exchange. It also has a nursery and several prayer spaces. A hotel is also located at the airport, and it's reserved for visitors in transport. Public transportation and taxis are available to nearby Kuwait City. Public bus fare is less than a dollar, and taxi fares to Kuwait City can run from $16 to $20 and can be negotiated with the driver in advance of the ride.
Attractions in Kuwait
If a modern, luxurious mall sounds appealing to you, stroll through The Avenues mall. Alternatively, Souk al Mubarakiya is a traditional marketplace with a historic feel, offering fish, meat, spices, toys and more. Whatever your purchase, remember that bargaining is the name of the game at a souk. To relax and experience the city's laid-back environment, you may also wish to while away the afternoon amid Kuwait City's rich assortment of restaurants and coffee shops.
For those with a healthy interest in culture, the Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Arts allows visitors to take in an extensive collection of Islamic art from antiquity as well as costumes, musical instruments and photography depicting life in the area at all levels of society. Additionally, Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the country with an exquisite interior space and serene atmosphere. It houses an Islamic library and is the site of a number of cultural activities. Also, be sure to check out Mirror House, which is a residence in Kuwait decorated with mirrors both inside and out.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Kuwait
Summers can be very hot and humid in Kuwait City with high temperatures reaching well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If you plan to be outdoors, you may find it a good idea to limit your activities to the cooler times of the day.
For authentic cuisine, try the “qabot,” Kuwaiti's own style of dumpling that contains ground meat with raisins served in a tomato broth. You should not eat, drink or smoke in public during the fasting days of Ramadan. However, at the end of the fasting period, you can enjoy plenty of food in recognition of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Be sure to pack some modest clothing as well to fit in with the local culture.
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