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About three months ago I was lucky enough to go to Kuwait with mixed emotions to what I might find. Kuwait is usually regarded as a country similar to Iraq and Iran in culture however this couldn't be further from the truth. It is more westernised than I could have ever imagined. I was able to go around malls, go for a McDonalds and go shopping. It extremely similar to walking around one of the cities in the UK except without the heat.
In 1990 Kuwait was invaded by Iraq. One of Saddam's reasons for doing so was to take its riches such as its oil. Kind of like the bigger country bullying the little country I guess.
I felt extremely comfortable and welcome while walking the streets. I found a decent amount of the people spoke English even when walking around the Malls talking to their friends. I expected everyone to be talking Arabic which would make a bit of a communication problem for me. However this could have something to do with everything been so western orientated.
The currency is Kuwait Denair which is worth 2 to 1 compared to the British Sterling. I found that when spending money while buying bits and bobs everything was much dearer compared to in the UK. For example when taking a taxi I found that a journey that took 5 minutes tops would cost ten denar which is the same as £20. I found games and DVD's to be slightly higher than what they were selling for in the UK.
The room that I had was extremely big with a large bedroom, kitchen, living room while finding everything spotless. The rooms were cleaned on a daily basis. The room came with an extremely high internet connection in which I could connect wirelessly or wired as well as a large television with about thirty to forty channels in Arabic and English.The hotel included breakfast and dinner each day included in the price. For each meal a wide variety of selection was put on with something for anyone from the person that is set on what they want to eat to the person that wants to try something new.
A number of facilities was open to me like three swimming pools (one heated), a beach as well as an impressive looking gym for those that love to work out, a spar and even Starbucks just off the reception doors.I ended up paying around 75 denar per night which changes into £150.
I looked around a number of other hotels along the same level as this one in which most of them looked very similar. Smaller places that I looked around were nothing compared to this hotel however you have to remember it was a five star hotel and you get what you pay for. If you are looking around smaller hotels there are many as you come into the city which can be a lot cheaper.Facilities
Bowling - I never expected to be able to go bowling in Kuwait. Once again it was just like been in the UK. All I did was go into a mall and found some where to go bowling which included the typical arcade games you'd expect in a bowlplex.Cinemas - There was a cinema built into one of the malls that I happened to come across so I decided to go and see a movie that wasn't out in the UK at the time. I found that even though the movie was in English depending on what movie you chose there was still subtitles in Arabic and every time there was an adult scene it would either be cut out or covered up for cultural reasons. However it wasn't that bad.
Weather and Temperatures
When I went to Kuwait is was just starting to warm up in which it was starting to get to 100 degrees. As summer to starts to get into swing you could be facing heats of up to 120 in which if there's a wind in the air instead of feeling a cool breeze across your face you'll be getting boiling hot slap of heat around the face. Even at night it only drops into the late 80's to the early 90's. I wouldn't recommend going in the middle of summer because the heat can take a great deal to get used to but if you do plan on going then get ready to do some sweating. With heat usually come mosquitoes so I highly recommend a mosquito net for the nights if you don't intend to get bitten or keep it to a minimum.
Kuwait is a small and vastly growing country which has a lot to offer if your looking for one of those special places that not many people go on holiday or just some where nice in the middle east. However if you do decide to go don't expect it to be cheap. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason it doesn't get 5 is because Kuwait doesn't come cheap.Thanks for reading and rating.
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