Happy National Day and Liberation Day, Kuwait! Wishing all Kuwaitis a happy holiday filled with fun and celebrations.
Kuwait, the vibrant and charming Middle Eastern country is celebrating its 58th National Day. With Liberation Day on Tuesday, 26th February, this is a long weekend and everyone has left for a quick getaway. But if for some reason, you have stayed behind, fret not, we have rounded up the top 10 attractions of Kuwait to help you celebrate the National Day.
Celebrate National Day at These Top 10 Attractions in Kuwait
The distinctive blue-green sequined towers are the symbol of the nation. Opened in 1979, the towers were designed by a Swedish architectural firm. The tower houses a viewing platform, gift shop, and an international buffet restaurant. Visit in the evening and view the city’s grandeur and colors.
Al Qurain Martyrs’ Museum
This is a very small museum but it holds the glorious history of Kuwait. There is a sobering memorial of the cell of young Kuwaitis who tried to resist Iraqi arrest in February 1991. The house is not renovated and still holds the signs of bullets and grenade attack. There’s an exhibition also that has all the weapons including the kalashnikovs, shotguns, and tanks in display.
Witness the seafaring heritage of Kuwait at this magnificent museum. The dhows and boons are a must see to get an insight into how the inhabitants lived in the past.
Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyya
The stunning galleries with architectural and antique artwork is a must see. The informative labels are in English and Arabic. Don’t miss the videos where in the experts explain the artwork pieces, the archaeological finds, and the exquisite sculptures.
This sail shaped building is one of the biggest museums in the Middle East. The Scientific Center also has the largest aquarium. Don’t miss to see the giant spider crabs, the fluorescent jellyfish and the floor-to-ceiling shark and ray tanks.
This is the largest mosque in Kuwait which was opened to public in 1986. The mosque has some extravagant architecture and landscape like the palm tree-lined courtyard, chandeliers from Germany, and a striking gold-plated central dome. The mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 worshipers in the main hall (open for prayer on Fridays and holidays), and another 7,000 in the courtyard.
Note: Do not miss the glass cabinet that has a replica of the oldest Quran in the world.
Kuwait’s oldest market is a sight to behold. The souqs mixing with the modern buildings is something you should definitely see. The souqs and stalls in the buildings have everything from the spices to olives to dates to rarely found ox tails too.
Note: Haggle around to get the best deal.
The mirror mosaics make this residential house a must in your Kuwait itinerary. Created by the Italian-Kuwaiti artist Lidia Al Qattan, Mirror House opened to public in 2006. Take a guided tour and here the artist narrate her stories and explanations for each room.
Tareq Rajab Museum
This magnificent ethnographic museum has some of the most exquisite pieces. Don’t miss to see the Omani silver and Saudi gold jewellery, the Mongol helmet; costumes worn by princesses and by goatherds, jewelry of living goddesses in Nepal, and much more.
Al Shaheed Park
End your day at this park which is huge and has walking paths that cover more than 2 km. The park has botanical gardens, palm trees, a lake and two museums (the Habitat and Memorial Museums). Stay till the evening and watch the colorful lights lit up the park.