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Kuwait Overview

Kuwait City is a bustling metropolis of high-rise office buildings, luxury hotels, wide boulevards and well-tended parks and gardens. Its seaport is used by oil tankers, cargo ships and many pleasure craft. Its most dominant landmarks are the Kuwait Towers.

The main residential and business areas are Salmiya and Hawalli. The main industrial area is Shuwaikh within the Al Asimah Governorate. The main palaces are As-Seef Palace in the old part of Kuwait City where the Emir runs the daily matters of the country, the government headquarters is in Bayan Palace.

Shopping

Western style shopping centers: Souk Sharq (Kuwait City) and Marina Mall (Salmia) are both on the coastal Gulf Road and offer excellent shopping. Another shopping centre is "Al-Kout" (Fahaheel) it has several beautiful coffee shops and many other outlets. "Araya Mall" (Sharq) and Al-Salhiya Mall offers designer brands. The Avenues is a new mall which has come up and is one of the largest in Kuwait.

Traditional markets: A famous destination is the Souk Al Mubarakiya in the heart of downtown. Middle Eastern and Oriental items abound as well as a gold and jewelry market.

A more Oriental atmosphere can be found on the other side of town also in a western-style mall called Souk Al-Watiya or Al-Watiya Complex, located beside the Sheraton Hotel and 4 Point Sheraton.

Kuwait Towers

Leisure and Entertainment

Kuwait Towers: Kuwait's unofficial symbol and Kuwait's top attraction.
Liberation Tower: One of the tallest telecommunications towers in the world.
National Museum: One exhibition shows ancient relics found on Failaka Island and the other resembles a carefully designed copy of an old Kuwaiti souq (market).
Sadu House: Made of coral and gypsum and is used as a cultural museum to protect the arts and crafts of Bedouin society.
Bayt Al-Badr: It is one of the very few houses left that were built in old Kuwaiti architecture.
Entertainment City: Amusement Park for families.
Scientific Center :A family-oriented amusement facility features a 3D-Cinema with nature movies and aquarium.
Sea Clubs
Science and Natural History Museum
Liberation Monument
Municipal Gardens
Zoological Park
Musical Fountain

Food & Accomodation

Western chains are prevalent in Kuwait, with the JW Marriott and Sheraton as the largest five-star hotels in the downtown business district. The Courtyard by Marriott and Four Points by Sheraton are also present, along with two luxury Le Méridien properties. A Crowne Plaza is located near Kuwait International Airport; there are also two Holiday Inn properties, one in the shopping district of Salmiya and the other located in downtown Kuwait City. Additional resort hotels, such as the Hilton and Kempinski, are located on the coast. New hotels scheduled to open in Kuwait between 2008 and 2010 include the Golden Tulip Kuwait, Hotel Missoni Kuwait, Ibis Salmiya, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait, The Regent Kuwait at Messilah Beach, InterContinental Kuwait and the Hilton Olympia Kuwait.

Kuwait has few traditional menus inherit to the country alone but brings tastes from all over the Middle East, Europe, the US, Asia and the Mediterranean.

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