Kuwait is a small country in the Middle East bordering Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Kuwait is a mix of modern architecture, an Arabic vibe, and a lot of desert and oil refineries.
Kuwait is rich in oil and that is also the main source of income for the country. You won’t see any poverty while traveling to Kuwait. The country looks very developed, and when you are in the capital, some of the architecture looks Western, while in other areas in the capital and outside, you will recognize the Middle Eastern architecture. Kuwait City looks modern, but does not have as many prestigious projects run by sheiks as in, for example, Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
Since Kuwait is not as touristy as those cities, you won’t be hassled by touts who are trying to sell you something. You may however be approached by curious locals, who like to get to know more about your country and your impression about Kuwait. The citizens of Kuwait are proud people and they are proud that you are visiting their country. They will do their best to let you know that Kuwait is a safe country and that it does not suffer from any of the issues that are happening elsewhere in the Middle East and that the people do not support terrorist organizations such as Islamic State and Al Qaeda.
Like many countries in the Middle East, there is currently a lack of hostels in Kuwait. Hostels are slowly finding their way to the Middle East too, so perhaps there will be hostels in Kuwait in the near future too. Budget accommodations are also scarce in Kuwait. The most affordable accommodations can be found in Kuwait City. There are no dorm rooms, so your only option is to book a private room. It is forbidden by law in Kuwait to stay in the same room with someone from the other sex to whom you are not married. Hotels often require a proof of marriage before they let you stay in the same room. But even if they don’t, do not book a room together or you will risk being sent to court and receiving serious punishments.
There are only a few cities in Kuwait; Kuwait City is the largest and offers the most places worth seeing. Kuwait City is home to the famous Kuwait Towers and is pleasant to walk around. This is the most central place in Kuwait and arguably the best place to book your accommodation with regard to location. Salmiya and Hawalli are other good cities in which to book your accommodation in Kuwait. Salmiya and Hawalli are connected to Kuwait City and are sometimes considered as a quarter within Kuwait City. In Hawalli and Salmiya, you can find cheaper accommodation than in Kuwait City; these are nice areas in which to stay. Salmiya is home to another site worth visiting when in Kuwait -- Marina Beach, which is a nice beach with an equally nice boulevard. There is also a mall.
There are only a few cities that are not connected to the Kuwait City metropolis, but these are not particularly worth visiting. If you do leave the metropolis, you will get to see the desert and oil refineries. But since Kuwait is a small country and the distances small, you can easily do this as a day trip and return to your accommodation in the Kuwait City metropolis for the night.
Hi, I'm Martin Straatman,
the Hostelz.com local expert for Kuwait hostels. Welcome.