The Hidden Cultural Attractions of Kuwait Revealed
With a deep-rooted history, Kuwait is an unique part of the world, filled with ancient culture stands as well as modern-day developments. Kuwait has something for every kind of traveler to explore its architecture, beaches, mosques, etc. Boasting of massive buildings such as Kuwait Towers or Grand Mosque, Kuwait also has few landmarks which are unknown for many.
It’s always easier to find the popular one, whether it is a restaurant or place to hang out. But, it’s also worth visiting the off the beaten path attractions. Kuwait has some interesting hidden gems that must be on your itinerary. We’ve curated the top hidden attractions of Kuwait for you.
The House of Mirrors, Kuwait City
The House of Mirrors is a remarkable museum in Kuwait City exhibiting and depicting the creativity and energies which is developed inside the bricks. The exterior walls of the House of Mirrors are covered with murals of mirror mosaic. And each piece symbolizes a unique meaning. And the interior part is completely covered with stunning mirror mosaic tiles. Every little piece of mirror when come together create a huge art representation.
Located in Qadsiya, the house is a private property and belongs to Khalifa and Lidia Al-Qattan. They have turned their house into a museum boasting an incredible mirror art. A number of artists took more than 40 years to create the inspirational art. Since it is a privately-owned museum, visitors must get an appointment in advance to visit the museum.
Things to remember:
- The museum remains closed on every Mondays.
- Tour time: 1 – 2 hours
- Pointed high heels are strictly not allowed.
Address: House 17, Street 94, Block 9, Qadisiya, Kuwait
Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM
Admission fee: KD 3 for adults & KD 2 for children
Souk Al-Mubarakiya is one of the oldest souks in Kuwait. It was the trade point prior to the discovery of oil. Indulge your senses, colors, different textures at Souk Al-Mubarakiya. Browse through honey, dates, spices, olives, Bedouin woven handicrafts to authentic souvenirs. The wide perimeter of the souk is closed to car traffic during the weekend. And you can see people playing traditional music during the weekend. You can spend hours while strolling and discovering the different items.
Admission fee: Free
Address: Between Mubarak al-Kabir, Ahmad al-Jaber & Ali al-Salem Streets
The Scientific Center
The Scientific Center is one of the most emblematic buildings across Kuwait. It serves as hub for environmental education of the Arabian Gulf. The aquarium is the special attraction of the Scientific Center. It is the largest aquarium in the Middle East after Dubai. The aquarium holds more than 100 different species of animals. It also has Discovery Place, an IMAX theatre, historical dhows, and a souvenir shop.
Address: Al Blajat St, Salmiya 22036, Kuwait
Timings: Saturday to Sunday: 9 AM–10 PM & Friday: 2 PM –10 PM
Admission fee: Varies depending on the attraction you choose to visit.
The highest point in Kuwait, Multa Ridge is a perfect spot for camping and hiking. It is natural escarpment of rocks and the only geological feature of interest in the whole country. This area is great for mountain biking during winter because of its hard-packed ground.
Admission fee: Free
Location: Al Mutla, Al Jahra, Kuwait
Sadu House Textile Art Museum
Several museums in Kuwait exhibit the great history, art, artifacts and much more. Sadu House is one exceptional museum that depicts Bedouin crafts namely Sadu weaving. Located next to the National Museum of Kuwait, visitors can discover the Bedouin art of weaving in different styles and history too. Sadu House or Bait Al Sadu was previously an old Kuwaiti house which has been converted into a cultural center.
Things to remember
- Visitors can walk every room of the museum looking at different weaved items, with a comprehensive explanation.
- Visit the National Museum, since it is located near the Sadu House.
- Prices of the souvenirs may vary depending on the quality (approximate prices are 15 – 250 KD).
Address: The Sadu House, Arabian Gulf Street Qibla
Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM
Admission fee: KD 2 /person
Tell us if you’ve visited any of these? And how is it.