With its malls, restaurants, parks, beaches and places of interest, Kuwait is a vibrant place to live.
If you are a shopaholic of any degree – you are spoilt for choice in Kuwait. The popular places to shop (and spend the day) are the Avenues Mall, 360 Mall, Gate Mall, Promenade Mall, Souq Sharq, Symphony Mall and Al Kout mall. In addition to these, we have the Friday markets, the City Centre at Salmiya, the interesting souks, shopping areas of Salmiya, Fahaheel and Egaila. Weekly grocery shopping is usually done at Lulu, Sultan Centre, Carre Four or Geant. Grocery shopping can be quite an adventure too – with aisles stuffed with produce and grocery items from all over the world. You can munch on guavas from Thailand, sip water of tender coconuts from Sri Lanka, add pizzazz to your dishes with spices from India, while choosing your dinner steak that comes from New Zealand or a fillet of Norwegian salmon
And if you are a gourmet, Welcome to Kuwait! Try any cuisine you like – Arabic, Lebanese, Turkish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Iranian, Thai, American, Carribean – the list goes on! My personal favourites, however, are the small juice bars that whip up freshly squeezed fruit juices, small bakeries that sell delicious Arabic coffee sweets to go with your little cup of Turkish coffee and ‘Fatayer’ – which are essentially flat bread can be stuffed with spinach, local cheese, pine nuts, meat etc.
If it’s the outdoors you want – then Kuwait has beautiful beaches, boulevards and parks. The hotspots for picnics are the Egaila and Messilah beaches where you can set up a barbecue, play beach volleyball or roll out a rug and read a book. You can rent boats or take cruises into the sea or spend a day with your children at the Al Shaheed park. Take a day trip to one of the farms in Waffra or Abdaly where you can pick strawberries (yes!), buy farm fresh produce and spend a day out in the sun. A crowd favourite is the Yasmine Farm that runs guided tours, has a play area, a picnic area, place where children can feed baby goats and rabbits, a shop on site – all the while being a fully functional farm.
For the culturally oriented, Kuwait theatres, museums, privately run hobby classes. One can spend a day at the Tareq Rajab Museum or the Amricani Centre, watch master weavers and craftsmen at their traditional art in at the Sadu House, visit the fascinating House of Mirrors or Scientific Centre.