Traveller’s guide: 6 top attractions to visit in Kuwait

The Middle-East is a region rich in cultural and ecological diversity, and Kuwait is a country that has both in abundance. We spoke to the team at JetSmarter, a premier booking company for private jets, and they let us in on what their customers love to visit while travelling to Kuwait.

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1. Wafra

Wafra is a burst of greenery within a desert terrain located 113km from the city and has over a hundred private farms. The cobblestone streets of the Farmer’s Market is a hot-spot to buy freshly harvested vegetables and herbs. It’s a refreshing place to picnic, far from the hustle and bustle of the city.
2. Kuwait Towers

Take in the spectacular sights of Kuwait from the Kuwait Towers. The main tower, one of three, is 614 ft. high and is home to a viewing sphere, signature restaurants, cafes and reception halls. The revolving viewing sphere allows visitors to get a panoramic view of the city. These towers have become iconic for the nation.

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3. Kubbar Island

This sandy low-coast island is surrounded by coral reefs and is a favourite spot for scuba divers. Snorkeling in the pristine waters that surround the island offers breath-taking views of the marine life that dwell here. As you stroll on the soft silky sands of Kubbar Island, befriend seagulls, turtles, flamingos and migrating birds that make regular appearances on the island.
4. Souq Al Mubarakeya

The 200 year-old souq was once the centre of trade prior to the discovery of oil, and had even survived foreign invasion in 1990. Souq Al Mubarakeya is a treasure trove of Middle Eastern culture – find Persian silk carpets, authentic Arab antiques, ethnic clothes, perfumes and dates here. There is also a smaller Souq Al Hareem within the market where Bedouin women sell kohl, textiles, accessories and pumice stones.
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5. Al Kout Beach

Perched on the Arabian Gulf, Al Kout Beach stretches for 499 kilometers giving visitors ample space to relax by the sea. There are numerous beach clubs on the shore, along with public beach spaces and parks in the area. Basking under the vibrant Kuwaiti sun, it’s a perfect destination for families and friends to enjoy water sports, or even barbeque on the beach.
6. Tareq Rajab Museum

This museum is something you should not miss if you’re in Kuwait. It houses items collected from across the region and the world over a period of more than 50 years. Some of the pieces include Saudi and Omani jewellery, necklaces from Nepal, pearls from Bahrain and costumes from the far-East. Started as a private collection by Tareq Sayed Rajab and his British wife, Jehan after their travels and research, the museum is most-renowned for Islamic art and calligraphy.
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Manchester Airport issues guidance to festive drone pilots

Drones are still popular presents and with Christmas just around the corner, they will probably be underneath numerous people’s trees this festive season.

They may seem like a fun, harmless toy, but they can actually pose a risk and a range of issues to the aviation industry, with the owners being legally responsible and could face prosecution if breaching Civil Aviation Authority regulations.

To ensure recipients of drones don’t fall on the wrong side of the law, Manchester Airport has all the information people need to know before taking to the skies this Christmas.

Rad Taylor, operations director at Manchester Airport said: “Drones continue to increase in popularity but what people aren’t aware of are the risks they can cause to airport operations across the UK.

“If they pass into our airspace (and permission is needed for this) they can cause issues which may result in delays for our airlines and passengers.

“When you fly a drone in the UK it is your responsibility to be aware of the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe and if breached you can find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

“It is for this reason that we have created a handy guide for anyone getting a drone from Santa this Christmas.”

People should follow these simple steps to make sure they fly safe, and legally:

  • Make sure you can see your drone at all times and don’t fly higher than 400 feet.
  • Always keep your drone away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields.
  • Use your common sense and fly safely; you could be prosecuted if you don’t.

Drones fitted with cameras must not be flown within 50 metres of people, vehicles, buildings or structures or over congested areas or large gatherings such as concerts and sports events.

The CAA has also created a useful video and a leaflet for anyone flying a drone:

 

Dubai Airports signs on to support Expo 2020 in United Arab Emirates

Dubai Airports, operator of Dubai International and Dubai World Central, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 to ensure a world-class experience for the millions of guests that will visit Dubai during the event.

Following the signing of the deal the airport operator is now an official supporter of Dubai Expo 2020.

As part of the agreement, Dubai Airports will engage with the Expo 2020 team and airport stakeholders to create an ‘expo experience’ inside the airport which will set the tone for visitors and entice transfer passengers to return or stopover.

Additionally, as part of its DXB Plus programme and service strategy, Dubai Airports will work with airport stakeholders to ensure minimal queuing and fast and convenient passage through both airports.

Reem Al Hashimy, director general, Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 welcomed the understanding.

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“Modern Dubai is built on the power of connections. Dubai’s airports exemplify it, and Expo 2020’s theme, Connecting Minds, Creating the Future celebrates it.

“Our Expo will welcome the highest proportion of international visitors in World Expo history, and Dubai Airports will be a vital supporter in welcoming those visitors and giving them their first taste of this extraordinary host city.”

Dubai Airports recently launched two major projects that will provide the capacity required for Expo 2020 and onwards.

The first, DXB Plus, is designed to deliver a consistent and differentiated customer experience while boosting capacity to 118 million by 2023 without adding any additional significant infrastructure.

Capacity gains and service enhancements will be achieved through streamline, customer-centric processes and new technology.

The second, also currently underway, will see DWC’s passenger terminal building expanded from the current five million passengers per year to 26 million by the end of next year.

As part of the DWC expansion programme the check-in area, baggage and immigration halls, as well as security screening areas, will be substantially expanded while the forecourt will be improved to ensure easier access to the parking and drop-off areas.

“We are always looking at ways to enhance the experience for the millions of customers that pass through our airports each year.

“Our collaboration with the Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 will take that one step further as we deliver an Expo 2020 experience starting at the airports and the quality of service travellers the world over have come to expect from Dubai,” said Paul Griffiths, chief executive, Dubai Airports.

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