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About Kuwait (KWI)

Kuwait, officially known as the State of Kuwait, is a country on the western front of Asia. The name itself is derived from the Arabic word “Kut,” which literally translates to fortification. Until the eighteenth century, it was not a permanent settlement but a mere home to nomads. The reason Kuwait came to be was the conditions of drought that pushed nomadic clans to settle along the coast of the Arabian Gulf. These tribes built forts to protect themselves from other nomads, and hence, the country’s name came into existence.

The affluent nature of the state is only a recent discovery, when in 1934, Kuwait oil reserves were discovered. These reserves are the sixth largest in the world. Apart from oil, the country’s currency itself, the Kuwaiti Dinar, is the most expensive currency in the world. The golden period of the country was from 1946 to 1982. 1961 was the year when the country gained its independence. It is the first gulf country to have an established constitution. When one visits Kuwait, they see a very different side of life from that in the other gulf countries; Kuwait is a progressive city, which has a lot to offer to the curious traveller. One of the most enticing things about Kuwait is the delicacy named “Machboos” – a rice-based dish garnished with spices and meat, made from the best quality basmati rice – and certainly a must-have on your list of things to try in Kuwait.

 

How to reach Kuwait

 

By Air – The main airport in Kuwait is the Kuwait International Airport. All major airlines operate flights to Kuwait from major international cities across the world. The following airlines operate direct flights to Kuwait: Air India, Kuwait Airlines, FlyDubai, Jet Airways, and Biman Bangladesh. Check out MakeMyTrip flights to Kuwait to find the best deals in international flights.

 

By Train Kuwait does not have a railway network or connectivity to other Arab countries. However, there are plans for one to be established in the near future.

 

By Road – One can drive to Kuwait through the international borders from any of the nearby cities in the African continent. Highways connect Kuwait to Oman, Muscat, etc.

 

What to do in Kuwait

 

As compared to its gulf neighbours, Kuwait is a very progressive and liberal country. It promotes and supports civil liberties and freedom of press, and has a functioning constitution. The rich cultural and historical, as well as the commercial heritage of Kuwait make it a must-visit Gulf country.

The country also has a big population of falcons, which is its national bird. One can witness them throughout the country.

Summers in Kuwait last from May to October, and are hot; however, sometime in August, the humidity levels set in and rise to 90 per cent. From November until April, the weather here is pleasant and enjoyable. The days are warm and sunny, while the nights become cool, which also makes this period the best time to visit the country. However, December and January witness freezing temperatures. Here are some of the top places to visit in Kuwait:

                Kuwait Towers

                The Liberation Towers

                Dhow Harbour

                Doha Village in Kuwait

                Failaka Island

                Grand Mosque

                Green Island

                Kubbar Island

                National Museum

                Failaka Heritage Village

                Kuwait House of National Works Museum

                Tareq Rajab Museum

                Sadu House

                The Seif Palace

                The Scientific Center

                Souk Al-Mubarakiya

                The Avenues

                The 360 Mall

                Marina Mall

                Kuwait Zoo

                Al Kout Beach

                Magic Planet Kuwait

                KidZania

                Aqua Park

                Sadu House

                Salmiyah

                The Mirror House

                The Scientific Centre

                Tareq Rajab Museum

                Amricani Cultural Centre

 

Major Airports in and near Kuwait

Kuwait has three airports: the Kuwait International Airport, Ali Al Salem Air Base and Ahmad al-Jaber Air Base. Among these, the Kuwait International Airport is where all major airlines operate flights to Kuwait and from the city. It is located in Farwaniya, Kuwait, 15.5 kilometres away from the main city of Kuwait. It is a hub to airlines like Kuwait Airways, Jazeera Airways, and Wataniya Airways, which operate daily flights to Kuwait.

MakeMyTrip offers a wide range of flights to Kuwait, over 140 flights to Kuwait on a daily basis from all over the world. From India, flights operate from cities including Udaipur, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and New Delhi.

 

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Kuwait Airport Address

Directorate General of Civil Aviation
PO Box 17
Safat 13001
State of Kuwait
Tel: 433 5599 | 433 4499 (Flight Information)

About Shimla (SLV)

Shimla is the capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It enjoys a beautiful mountainous setting and is known for holding a rich cultural heritage, making it one of the most admired tourist destinations in the country. Mall Road is the heartbeat of the hill station that presents a fine collection of restaurants, shops, clubs, bars and several places of interest for the visitors. Christ Church and Scandal Point are some of the best attractions of Shimla. Jakhu Temple, located atop Jakhu Hill, is a must-inclusion on the itinerary of any Shimla tour. This hill is the highest point in this city, offering amazing views of the city and surrounding regions. Viceregal Lodge is an impressive colonial-era structure located atop Observatory Hill, another worth-visiting site of the hill station. A guided tour of Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary can be a memorable experience. It is a Himalayan forest reserve that features a rare biodiversity and a predominance of graceful cedar trees. Out of the many places of religious importance, Tara Devi Temple is worth-mentioning. Believed to have been established around 250 years ago, this temple is located on a hilltop and surrounded by lush greenery from all sides. Trekking is one of the most popular recreation activities in the local mountains. Rightly called the ‘Queen of Hills,’ this city is a mountain paradise for families, couples, and of course, nature-lovers. MakeMyTrip offers many exciting travel packages, getting hands on one of which can make a visit to this city a pleasant experience.

Shimla Airport Address

Shimla International Airport
Himachal Pradesh
India
Tel: +91-177-273-6835