With nearly 500km of white, sandy beaches, excellent museums, lively restaurants, interesting architecture, and year-round sun, Kuwait is an intriguing and increasingly popular holiday destination in the Gulf.
The population is 4.2 million and 70% of them are expatriates, only 1.3 million are Kuwaiti. Where is Kuwait? It is on the northern edge of Eastern Arabia at the tip of the Persian Gulf, it borders Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
The history of 'Kuwait' began in 1613, when the town of Kuwait was founded in what is now the capital city. The town prospered and quickly established itself as a major commercial center where goods were transited on their way between India, Muscat, Baghdad, and Arabia.
Oil reserves were discovered in 1938 which sparked a period of prosperity and large-scale modernization, which began in the forties and continued through to the eighties.
Kuwait had the highest Human Development Index ranking in the Arab world from 2001 to 2009 and women won the right to vote and run in elections in 2005.
Kuwaiti society is more liberal than other Gulf Arab countries. From 2001 to 2009, it had the highest Human Development Index ranking in the Arab world and In 2005, women won the right to vote and run in elections. Women outnumber men in the workplace. Kuwaiti popular culture has boomed and is exported to neighboring countries.
Kuwaiti culture has boomed and is exported to neighboring countries: theatre, radio, music and television and all popular forms of entertainment. However, Kuwait's art movement is far older, The Kuwaiti artist Mojeb al-Dousari was the earliest recognized visual artist in the Gulf and the Sultan Gallery was the first professional Arab art gallery.
Tourism in Kuwait
What to do in Kuwait? There are plenty of things to do in Kuwait. Kuwait City has excellent museums, modern shopping malls, beach resorts and extravagant restaurants. The bait Al-Othman is the largest museum which tells the story of Kuwait's history through its vast collection of exhibits.
Outside of the capital, the most popular tourist attractions in Kuwait are near the beach resorts which line its coast. The endless sandy beaches, azure waters, eternal sunshine are popular with tourists and locals.
The historical Failaka Island is currently being developed for tourism and will become increasingly popular. The island, 20 km off the coast of Kuwait City, is the place where the Mesopotamians settled in 2000BC and left their mark, it is now possible to visit the ruins of their ancient civilization. Definitely worth a visit when you visit Kuwait.