Advantages A unique and cultural experience. Beautiful weather.
Disadvantages Heat can be restrictive in summer. Occasional sand storms. Terrible driving.
When I first announced I would be travelling to Kuwait, I came up against some pretty strong opposition. Family and friends alike urged me not to go. Throw Kuwait into a game of word association, and Iraq comes back at you time and time again.It's taken me quite some time to write this review, and it's come out lengthier than I would have liked. I've tried to edit it down, but every section I've written feels relevant to anyone visiting Kuwait for the first time. Bearing in mind that Kuwait is no ordinary tourist destination ... there is no nightlife, alcohol is illegal ... removing anything quirky and personal would leave it coming up short. If you wanted 18-30's and cocktails on the beach, you'd be heading to one of a hundred tourist-ridden destinations. Kuwait is a country burdened by the stigma of a war, struggling to remove itself from that era, and begging to be given a chance to prove that it's more than just a vast expanse of sand.
Please see the climate section for weather conditions for different times of year. Women should pack modest clothing. As a general rule, knee length is acceptable. Skirts of this length and cropped trousers are fine. However, when visiting some of the older and more traditional areas of Kuwait, you may wish to wear long trousers or skirts for your own comfort. By all means pack nice shoes, but certain areas of the country have old roads with potholes and are very dusty. It's a good idea to pack trainers or flat sandals. Bikinis are not acceptable, unless visiting a private health club, such as the Hilton, where the beach is private and frequented by westerners. With the exception of the hottest months it is advisable to wear tops that cover the shoulders.
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