From the oil-rich deserts to the high-rise buildings of Kuwait City, Kuwait is a diverse country on the Arabian Gulf.
Clustered around the coast is Kuwait City, which has a rich tradition of seafaring.
Al Hashemi II
The largest wooden Arabic dhow on the planet is housed beside the Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait. Now one of Kuwait’s most famous attractions, the world record breaking dhow, named the Al Hashemi II, was opened in March 2000 after 15 years of construction by 250 expert craftspeople. In fact, Al Hashemi II is so large that it houses the Al-Hashemi Maritime Museum.
The museum’s collection of scaled-model traditional dhows, marine tools, photographs and other objects highlight the traditions of shipbuilding and seafaring in Kuwait. Entrance to the museum is free, and a shop on site sells maritime mementos.
A highlight of a trip to the elegant Al Hashemi II is the stunning Grand Ball Room, which can also be hired for galas, weddings, and other events. Descending from an ornate wooden staircase to the decorative floor of the Ball Room takes in the lavishly carved walls and ceilings, elegant columns and pretty lighting.
Beside the Al Hashemi II is another traditional Arabic dhow with a difference – the Al Boom restaurant Kuwait, where visitors can enjoy delicious meals in a unique atmosphere.
Explore Kuwait City
The Scientific Center of Kuwait is another fantastic place to visit, particularly for people who were inspired by the Al-Hashemi II. The Scientific Center houses a number of key attractions. The first, the Kuwait Aquarium, is split into 3 environmental zones, housing animals and marine life from the desert, coast and seas. Interactive exhibits and games at the Discovery Place provide visitors with an area to learn about energy, while a state of the art IMAX screen shows 3D documentary and educational films.
Fateh-el-Khair, by the Scientific Center, is the only surviving Kuwait sailing ship from the pre-oil era. Visitors can board and explore the large timber vessel at its home in Dhow Harbour.
The Musical Fountain in Kuwait City is one of the largest fountains in the world, and definitely worth a visit when on a trip to Kuwait, as the beautiful dancing water is a spectacular sight.
Visitors to Kuwait should take a trip to Green Island on the Kuwait City waterfront, the first artificial island in the Gulf region. A pleasant afternoon can be spent here strolling around the artificial lake, experiencing panoramic views of the area from a tower, taking part in sports activities and other events, and relaxing in one of the Island’s restaurants and cafes.
A short ferry trip away from Kuwait City is the gorgeous Failaka Island, one of the most famous historical islands in Kuwait. The site of major historical events from ancient and modern history, Failaka Island is a fascinating place to explore. Kuwait Public Transport Company runs daily ferry trips from the mainland. Many local boat companies will also offer ferry trips to nearby islands, as well as fishing trips.
Where to Stay
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Kuwait City is a sophisticated seaside hotel offering guests a private beach, sauna, jacuzzis, and pools, and a complimentary shuttle service to nearby Kuwait International Airport. Our stylish hotel features a number of award winning restaurants which offer international dining options, including the refreshing Viking Club Pool Bar, the Chinese inspired Peacock, typical Arabic and Mediterranean dishes in the Al Bustan restaurant.
Our Kuwait hotel is home to the iconic Al Hashemi II, making it the perfect place to stay on a trip to Kuwait.
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