Perched comfortably along the shores of the Arabian Gulf and fringed by Iraq to the north and west and Saudi Arabia to the southwest, Kuwait is a tiny country that has come a long way from the brutal war it was once subjected to and has successfully emerged into a wealthy nation in it's own right. It's capital Kuwait city is an affluent metropolis with stylish steel-and-glass towers dotting the cityscape. Due to the country being housed in the Persian Gulf and is sitting on top of a fifth of the planet's oil reserves, it is not a surprise that Kuwait is the 11th richest country in the globe.
Kuwait city has a myriad of attractions that are worth visiting. The Grand Mosque is a must-see for any tourist visiting the megalopolis. It can seat upto 1,100 men in the main prayer hall and around 950 women in a different hall at the same time. It is imperative to catch a glimpse of the iconic Kuwait Towers, symbol for modern Kuwait. Representing Kuwait's freedom from Iraq, the liberation tower can be seen from anywhere in the metropolis as it pierces high into the sky at 372m. Other notable sight-seeing points include the National Museum exhibiting old artifacts, Seif Palace, the House of Mirrors, Sadu House and so forth.
Even though most of the population are centred around the Kuwait city, there are many attractions to visit around the rest of the country. Be sure to take day trips to explore Al Jahra's magnificent Red Fort or the vintage Car Museum at Al Shuwaikh. The Failaka Island can be visited by ferry services. The island's Greek temple as well as a few other archaeological sites are well worth the visit.For those with an adventurous spirit can seek out camel riding and camel racing, common sight in the deserts of Al Jahra. One can catch a glimpse of the traditional-style boums and sambuks (boats) that are built in Al Jahra. Adrelenin junkies can gain a massive rush by heading towards the Kazmah desert cliffs and challenge their Jeeps and Quads uphill.
Kuwait city can be particularly good for shopping as it caters to all kinds of shoppers seeking out a variety of goods from urban expensive merchandise to traditional items that are quintessential Arabic in nature. Be sure to visit spacious and sprawling shopping complexes such as Avenues Mall - largest mall in Kuwait and 360 Mall - built in a circular shape. But those craving for authentic Middle-Eastern flavor in their shopping can stop by at several souks scattered around the city and be sure to haggle. Feel free to get lost amidst the array of striking and colorful stalls brimming with perfumes spiked with frankincense, bangles, scarves, clothes, spices, pickled shark, dried shrimp and so forth.
Kuwait is an extremely hospitable country and welcome tourists with open arms from all over the world. International cuisines as well as local delicacies are found aplenty in restaurants from Kuwait City although it has to be noted that global dishes will be difficult to procure from the rest of the nation. Stay options in Kuwait is abundant ranging from the best luxury hotels and spacious private apartments the emirate can boast of as well as modest and cheap accommodations for the budget travellers.
The weather of Kuwait is classified under hot desert climate. An ideal time to vacation in this country would be during Spring from end of February to April when the temperatures are more pleasant and the humidity is not high.