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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Ministry of foreign affairs (only in Arabic)
Visa requirements to Visit Kuwait
Diplomatic Representations
List of the embassies abroad
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
Driving in Kuwait is hazardous. Although Kuwait has an extensive and modern system of well-lit roads, excessive speeding on both primary and secondary roads, leads to frequent and often fatal accidents. 
The government-owned Kuwait Public Transportation Company operates bus services throughout the Kuwait City metropolitan area on 50 different routes, which are widely used by the low-income expatriate labor force. Taxis are available at major hotels and pick up passengers at other locations upon telephonic request. Taxis have meters, but fares are more commonly negotiated.
For further information, visit the website Transport Kuwait.

 

Maps of Urban Networks
Maporama
Mapblast
UT Library on line
Kuwait City Roads Map

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Kuwait (KWI) 22 km / 14 miles KWD 5 / 20-30 min KWD 0.250 / 30 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
Kuwait has an extensive, modern and well-maintained network of highways. There is no railway system in the country so most of the people travel in car.
There are seven airports in the country, flying can be a good solution to travel in the country.
For further information, please visit the website of the Ministry of Communications.

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Kuwait Airways National Airline Yes
Jazeera Airways Low cost Yes
Wataniya Airways Low cost Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
The urban and road networks are in excellent condition, however it is important to be very careful with the road traffic, and in general the excessive speed which cause serious accidents. Supply in gas is permanently provided. Off-roads hikes in the desert are potentially dangerous because of the presence of mines.
For further information, visit the website of the US government on travel recommendations.
Road Maps
Kuwait Maps
Find an Itinerary
Multimap

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
Koweit city is modern (the biggest towers are Kuwait Towers). You can visit:

-The National Museum: located in the Arabian Gulf Street, the museum is composed of four buildings plus one planetarium. Looted and burned during the Iraqi invasion, the museum lost its magnificence and particularly the richness of its collection, which was one of the most representative of the Arabic world, but still, it is still worth visiting.
-Sadu House: built around 1840, this house is not only a permanent exhibition of the traditional Bedouin weaving, but also a way of preserving this ancient know-how. The building in itself is worth the glance since it is a perfect example of the pre-oil producing era type of construction.
-Tareq Rajab museum: the museum houses a great collection of ceramic and metal objects, manuscripts, textiles, traditional costumes as well as the oldest collection of silver jewels publicly exhibited in the Arabic and Islamic world.
- Ramparts and city gates: the ramparts were built in 1922 by the Sheik Salim al-Mubarak in order to keep the nomad tribes outside the city. Although severely damaged in the 1950's, parts of the ramparts and doors remain strewed through the city, notably around First Ring Road.

For further information, visit the website Visit Kuwait.

Cultural
- Mosques
- The Tareq Rajab Museum
- Sadu House
- Liberation Monuments
- National Museum

For complete information on cultural tourism visit the website Visit-kuwait.com

Nature
No nature tourism in Kuwait.
Religious
The mosques and cathedrals are some famous places of sightseeing at Kuwait. The decoration of these mosques and churches display a blend of traditional and contemporary architecture. The famous religious sites are Grand Mosque in Kuwait, Our Lady of Arabia Church in Kuwait and Holy Family Cathedral in Kuwait.
For further information, visit the website Visit Kuwait.
Thermal
No thermal tourism in the country.
Beach
Most of such sports could be enjoyed away from the beaches along the coast. There are many sea clubs in Kuwait. They offer a variety of facilities such as outdoor and indoor swimming pools, tennis courts, beaches, bowling, gymnasiums and karate.
For complete information visit the website Visit-kuwait.com

 

 

Winter Sports
No winter sports.
Outdoor Activities
Diving, fishing and all outdoor activities are available in Kuwait.
For complete information visit the website Visit-kuwait.com
Shopping
Kuwait offers much for the shopper, with its fashionable malls and downtown Souks or the Friday market, which is comparable to a flea market. All the international brands are available in the country.
For further information, please visit the website Kuwait malls.
Tourism Organizations
Visit Kuwait website

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
No compulsory vaccination. But government of Kuwait has strict regulations regarding certain diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis. Medical examinations are required for all residency applications and any applicants who are found positive for these restricted diseases will be asked to leave the country immediately and will be permanently barred from re-entry.
Bottled water is available and is advised for the first few weeks of the stay. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.
Hepatitis B is endemic in the region.
Medical insurance is essential.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Travel advice on US Department of State website
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
U.S. Department of State Information about Kuwait.
UK Foreign Ministry travel advice
 

Emergency Numbers

Emergencies 777
Civil Security 5393460
Port Authority 4812622
Fire Department 2432111
Kuwait City Police 2434064
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Kuwait City (GMT+3)
Summer Time Period
Summer months are between June and October. The temperatures can get over 100°F (40°C).
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Kuwait enjoys a variable continental climate. Summer months are between June and October and the rainy season (if you can call it that) runs from December to February, when humidity can also be high. In summer temperatures can get over 100°F (40°C), but they drop below 70°F (21°C) in winter.
The most pleasant months to travel to Kuwait are in winter, between November and April, when days are warm and sunny, although at night temperatures plummet and can be close to freezing.
For Further Information
Visit Asia Rooms website for further information
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
There is a huge array of restaurants in Kuwait. Almost every cuisine is available in high-end restaurants. There are few restaurants that serve traditional Kuwaiti food.
The national specialties are Hummus, Falafel, Meat or fish marag (meat is first fried or boiled and then combined with other ingredients such as spices where they are steamed together in a large pot) and Aish (Arabic flat bread).
For further information, consult the website Kuwait allo Expat.
Drinks
Alcohol is illegal in Kuwait: it may not be imported, manufactured or served.
Dietary Restrictions
Pork meat and alcohol are illegal.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Kuwaiti Dinar
ISO Code
KWD
To Obtain Domestic Currency
ATMs are available everywhere. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take traveler’s checks in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.
Possible Means of Payment
ATM are available everywhere. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Traveler's Checks are widely accepted.

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Speaking

Official Language
Arabic.
Other Languages Spoken
English is considered as the second language.
Business Language
English
Getting Some Knowledge
Visit the website Shariah Program.
Free Translation Tools
Arjeeb : Free English-Arabic-English traduction of texts and web pages
Ectaco : Free Arabic-English-Arabic dictionary

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Useful Resources

To Find an Apartment
Real Estate and Rentals in Kuwait
Al Bab Real Estate Agency
Arkadia Real Estate Agency, Kuwait

El Waseet in Kuwait, site of classified ads.
To Find a Job
Middle East and Gulf Employment.
Employment Ads in Kuwait.
Recruitment at the Gulf.
Employment Ads in Kuwait, in Arabic.
Job Ads in Kuwait.

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