When visiting, be mindful that Kuwait is a Muslim country practicing Sharia (Islamic law) and that there are cultural differences. Alcohol is not allowed, and it is always wise to dress with respect to the culture. Females don't need to wear a headscarf, but loose-fitting clothing or travel wear is probably a good idea.
The most dangerous part of Kuwait is the driving! It has one of the highest road accident rates in the world, so if driving yourself, obtain the appropriate insurance. If hiring a driver or taxi, make sure to call in advance, and if female, do not hail a taxi from the street.
The mosque is closed to visitors on Fridays.
Kuwait temperatures can reach over 120 °F (49 °C) in the summer, so it’s a better idea to visit from October to May. If planning to travel during Ramadan (an Islamic religious holiday), hundreds of thousands of people come to pray and all aspects of travel are subject to change.
If hiring a driver for the day, ask your hotel for recommendations.
This city adventure in Kuwait with kids is for families who are seeking to get out of their cultural comfort zone. This small, oil-rich country of the Middle East has been quietly developing alongside its glitzier neighbors, Dubai and Qatar, and is still somewhat under the radar. Expect less tourists and a more authentic slice of Arab life during your Kuwait vacation. For older kids, it is a perfect introduction to cultural diversity; and for smaller children, the mosque, beaches and markets are giant playgrounds. Start your city tour at the Grand Mosque, followed by a visit to the bustling central fish market. Stop for lunch on the harbor at the Marina Crescent shopping district and then take a short beach walk. Head downtown to explore the urban green project of Al-Shaheed Park. End your Middle East family trip adventure with dinner and a stroll through the Old Souq (the marketplace).