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The following documents are required to get a visa to Kuwait
Kuwait is one of the seven Arab states attached to the Persian Gulf. Most of the famous places in Kuwait boast of a rich cultural heritage display and modernity in architecture. There are skyscrapers, brilliantly built Kuwait Towers and the very popular-Water Towers with a design similar to tiled domes like in a classic mosque.
Kuwait’s only airport is the Kuwait International Airport. Further, Kuwait Airlines is the national carrier of Kuwait, and from Delhi, the airlines operate direct flights to Kuwait. Similarly, from Mumbai, both Kuwait Airlines and Jet Airways operate their direct flights to Kuwait.
Among the first places to visit in Kuwait is the Tareq Rajab Museum, which is architecturally extensive and historically brilliant with a huge collection of work of Islamic Art and ethnographic artefacts.
When here, visit the town of Jahrah on the north side to see through the state’s history. Another Kuwait City point of interest is- Salmiya. It is a popular tourist site for its beaches and high-end properties.
Kuwait Tower is a landmark destination comprising of two major towers set in 1979 and one minor tower. The Liberation Tower is the second tallest tower in the state and symbolises liberation and the country’s resurgence.
More things to do in Kuwait include the beachside attractions including beach clubs. Failaka Island is on the north side coast of Persian Gulf and is barely 20 km from the main city. Tourists flock here for enjoyment and pleasure at the waterside. Green Island is a perfect place to relax and spend time at leisure. To enjoy the natural spectacle, visit the small sandy island called Kubbar Island.
Dhow harbour is to pay a port visit, and a lot of time can be spent here observing the old ship models which were once used for fishing, pearl diving and coastal trading purposes.
Then, there is Doha Village for tourists who are keen to explore the trading history of this Arab state in all its past glory.
Kuwait's Grand Mosque, also known as Al-Masjid Al-Kabir, is situated in the heart of the city and a great place to be. It retains the essence of traditional Islamic Architecture and is officially the largest mosque in Kuwait.
Another interesting Kuwait city’s point of interest is the- House of Mirrors or the Hall of Mirrors. It is an art treasure trove and the fact that it is so approachable by the public, makes it one of the must things to do in Kuwait.
Absolute Royalty can be experienced during the visit to Seif Palace. There is Sadu House located next to the Kuwait Nation Museum. The Sadu has an impressive art collection and is officially called an artistic house or museum.
The fun things to do in Kuwait is the amusement park visit, or a visit to the Entertainment City, the equivalent of the Disneyland here. Another leisurely destination is the Al-Sha'ab Leisure Park. It is an amusement park meant for all age groups.
Kuwait has a fully-sketched and a very reliable road network. It has no trains, and the public transport options are therefore limited to buses and taxis plying on the road.
The last-mile connectivity from the bus stop to reach the final mark needs to be dealt with. Usually, it is a 10-minute walk from the bus stop to the exact spot of tourist interest. One must use the private bus transport services in Kuwait, specifically the Kuwait & Gulf Link Transport Company (KGL TC), the most reputed of all.
For state transport, there are two prime public buses, the city bus and the KPTC bus. Local taxis do not have a metre installation.
To reach the popular tourist destinations like Seif palace, next to Grand Mosque and National Museum, its visitors must use the public transport access. Right opposite the National Museum is the Grand Mosque which can be accessed by using the best means of public transport.
Those who have hired a car need to be aware of the fact that the car park station is bound by opening and closing times. Sadu house is situated opposite to the National Museum too.
November to April is peak tourist season in Kuwait.
The city is very hot and humid in the summers. Thus, a visit from April to September means a bright sun and the scorching heat. November is the time when the maximum temperature will not go above 18 degrees, making it an ideal visit to Kuwait for the beach and other outdoor activities.
Plan a visit in February as in this month, two big local events are held. First is Hala Festival, a multi-cultural festival with shopping extravaganzas. The other is the National Day Celebrations to commemorate the foundation of Kuwait in 1961 on 25th February. It is a country-wide celebration and a big public affair where people meet to eat, socialise and enjoy the merry-go-round.
Camel Racing is another important event held between November and February on a 7-km track in Al-Jahra.
If on a business meeting, make note that the business attire in Kuwait is conservative. At least initially, men must wear fine-quality, lightweight, conservative suits style.
Women must not wear revealing, skimpy or tight-fitting clothing. Skirts covering the knee can be worn with quarter sleeves, necked-up blouse or top.
Carry your sun-beat essentials like sunscreen, sun umbrella, sunglasses, etc. While packing, don’t forget travel insurance . Unforeseen events, like accidents, ailments, loss of passport, baggage loss, etc.; do not come with prior notice. Therefore, it is essential to buy travel insurance which ensures that your travel plans remain intact.
Machboos- a basmati rice palate preparation with garnishing using spices, chicken or mutton.
Seafood-fish is by far the most popular and the hamour (grouper) is used in biryani dressing. Other local fish delicacies include Zbaidi, sobaity (bream) and safi (rabbitfish).
Iranian khubz- the large traditional flatbread baked in a special oven and topped with sesame seeds. It is commonly served with mahyawa fish sauce.
Balaleet- is sweet saffron noodles dressed with an omelette on top.
Bayth elgitta- it is a fried cookie with crushed ground nuts and powdered sugar fills.
Jireesh (Yireesh)- a mash consisting of chicken, lamb, tomatoes and garnished with local spices.
Khabeesa – a sweet dish prepared by using flour and oil.
Kuwait’s has a list of traditional souks serving its visitors with spices, antiques, clothing, and carpets. The gold souk has traditional jewellery, and gold bars are sold at a negotiable price. The gold in Kuwait has a certificate of authenticity.
The Friday market called Haraj is a must visit for good deals in antiques and furniture, carpets, and clothing, etc. Tourists here can buy gizmos and electronics which are cheap and are mostly offered on discount at big stores during May and November.
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Most road/street signs are in English and Arabic. The official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken. You will find people conversing in Farsi, or Urdu.
Kuwaitis are very hospitable, and in that sense, it is important to acknowledge their hospitality. Never say a ‘no’ to a Kuwaiti when being hosted for lunch or dinner. Also, behave as per their cultural norms. Here are some Arabic words and their meaning in English.
Women and men don’t socialise in/with the public. Therefore, the greeting between men and women rarely happen. It is usually of the same sex members. They socialise in their homes or restaurants. Their greeting process involves conversations about health, family, mutual friends and regarding general interest matters.
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