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With one of the highest standards of living in the Middle East, Kuwait is rated as the fifth largest country in the world with an economy that’s growing at a tremendous pace.
Attracting people from all over the world, Kuwait is a melting pot of cultures boasting a myriad of nationalities as residents. Exuding a cosmopolitan and traditional vibe, the city offers a unique and relaxed atmosphere to live in. Excellent museums and sea side lined with beaches and restaurants, the Kuwait experience is one of a kind.
The Kuwaiti society is largely traditional with obvious global influences in recent times represented through modern architecture. Known for their hospitality and generosity, guests are given the utmost respect, with food playing a very important role in the Kuwaiti culture.
From pearl diving to spice merchants, to ancient souks and magnificent museums, Kuwait is a treasure of sightseeing delights.
Prominently situated on the Arabian Gulf, the largest tower has a revolving observation deck alongside a restaurant. The lower sphere, revolving every 30 minutes, offers incredible views of the sprawling city. The middle tower is a water reservoir whilst the last tower controls electricity in Kuwait.
An architectural wonder, this structure is the fifth largest telecommunications tower in the world. A symbol of Kuwaiti liberation, the tower is a 372 meters tall and was named after the multinational coalition that liberated the nation from seven months of Iraqi occupation during the Gulf War.
A manmade island located in the Arabian Gulf, the Green Island includes a 35-metre touristic tower and a children’s castle. Mainly for family entertainment, the island also boasts an open Roman theatre that plays host to several festivals around the year.
The Grand Mosque is the largest and most modern mosque in the country of Kuwait. A mosque is a place of worship for followers of the Islamic faith. Muslims often refer to the mosque by its Arabic name, which is Masjid Al Kabeer.
Entertainment City, which is Kuwait's largest theme park, was opened in February of 1983. It is located on 124 acres of beautiful Arabian country. The project cost approximately 80 million dollars to build the park. The theme park is managed and operated by the Kuwait Tourist Enterprises Company.
It's a wonderful place to idle a few hours, and indeed an entire lunch time could be spent sampling delicacies without ever setting foot in one of the numerous snack shops that line the outer rim of the souq. The souq also comprises the small, covered Souq al-Hareem, where Bedouin women sit cross-legged on cushions of velvet selling kohl (black eyeliner), pumice stones, and gold-spangled dresses (around KD1) in the red, white and green livery of the Kuwaiti flag. Beyond the covered alleyway, the souq opens out into alleyways stocked with woollen vests and Korean blankets. The close-by Souq ad-Dahab Al-Markazi (Gold Market) is the city's central gold market.
During the summer, which lasts from May to September, the weather is hot. With temperatures ranging from 45°C to 48°C, residents are advised to stay out of the sun during afternoons.
In the winter months, from October until April, the temperature cools down to an average of 15°C to 20°C and sometimes goes as low as 0°C at night. Slight rainfall is experienced mostly during spring and winter.
The dinar is the currency of Kuwait, sub-divided into 1000 fils. Currently the highest valued currency unit in the world, the dinar was introduced in 1961 to replace the Gulf Rupee. It was initially equivalent to one pound sterling. As the rupee was fixed at 1 shilling 6 pence, this resulted in a conversion rate of 13 1/3 Rupees to the dinar.
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