Kuwait with Kids

Important facts and information to know when visiting Kuwait

Kuwait is one of the region’s smallest nations – but also one of the most oil-rich, holding 7% of the world’s known oil reserves. Kuwait City is on Kuwait Bay, where most of the country’s population resides.

When it comes to tourism, though, it is probably not in the same league as many of its neighbouring states, which have looked to diversify their GDP by expanding other industries. The city does have some attractions that will keep kids entertained, but there’s not much beyond and into the desert (other than a lot of oil!)

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Visiting Kuwait Important Facts

Official NameState of Kuwait
CapitalKuwait City
CurrencyKuwait Dinar (KWD/KD) | 1KD=1000fils | 1KD=3.32USD market rate

LanguageArabic (But English, Farsi, Urdu widely spoken)

ReligionIslam, majority Sunni
LeadershipEmir Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, selects parliament
Important DatesNational Day Feb, Liberation Day 26 Feb & Islamic holidays
ClimateHot arid desert
ElectricsType G (British)
VisasKuwait Tourist Visa online required
SafetyNo current safety warnings
Kuwait Map

Kuwait visa information

  • You must apply for a Kuwait Visit Visa in advance.
  • Visitors from 52 designated countries are allowed to apply for their visas online. In return, you will receive a confirmation email, which you will present to passport control.
  • Citizens of Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia are exempt from obtaining visas.
  • All other countries must apply through their Kuwait embassy for a standard Visit Visa sponsored by a company or family member.

Click here to find out more about Kuwait Visa

Points for family visitors to be aware of in Kuwait

  • Ladies are not required to wear a head covering but should dress conservatively in public – you can see our complete guide on what to wear here.
  • It is best for ladies to be covered with a t-shirt and shorts at a public beach rather than bathers, but the rules are much more liberal at private beach clubs.
  • Men and women wishing to cohabitate must be married. Homosexuality is completely outlawed.

General travel tips for visiting Kuwait

  • Kuwait is a relatively safe country to visit. You can see the latest UK Foreign Travel advice here | US State Department advice for Kuwait
  • Respect the Islamic culture at all times, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan.
  • Kuwait is a dry country, meaning there is no alcohol service at any hotels and clubs. Expats can apply for special licences but do not expect to be able to order a drink at the bar as a tourist.
  • Pork is also prohibited from being imported or consumed in Kuwait.
  • Crime rates are incredibly low in Kuwait, but especially solo travelling women may find verbal and physical harassment can occur.
  • Take care when taking photos. Local women especially should never be photographed, nor many government buildings, even some shopping centres.
  • Visitors should carry their passport with them at all times.

See our regional guide to culture and religion for more  – coming soon

When is it best to visit Kuwait

Kuwait sits at the top of the Persian Gulf and is one of the hottest places on earth in mid-summer.  Completely surrounded by desert, expect a crisp dry heat though, not as humid as other Middle East cities. Mid-summer temperatures reguyalrly reach 45°C.

Due to the extreme temperatures, the city is well-equipped with malls, restaurants and indoor play spaces. You are best visiting Kuwait during the cooler months if you wish to experience the full range of what the city has to offer families.

You can read our complete guide on the best times to visit Kuwait here.

Most Popular Attractions in Kuwait

Kuwait has little in the way of geographic features but does house some cultural and historic attractions in amongst the very modern facade. These are a few highlights popular with visitors:

  • Kuwait Towers – (Abraj Al-Kuwait) are one of Kuwait’s most iconic tourist attractions; three water towers stand proudly on the waterfront.
  • The Scientific Centre – includes an aquarium, IMAX cinema and Discovery Centre.
  • Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre – a new addition to the museum district of Kuwait City along with Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre – home to theatres and performing arts halls.
  • Popular parks and playgrounds include the Shaab Leisure Park, the Aqua Park (behind the Kuwait Towers), music and water display next to Discovery Mall and the city’s largest, Al Shaheed Park.
  • Failaka Island – an important historic island 20km off the coast.

You can find our detailed guide of fun and interesting places to visit with kids in Kuwait here.

Kuwait with Kids – Our Travel Stories

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Further Reading and Resources on Kuwait

Blogs & Expat groups

A popular local resource that parents might find handy when visiting is Kuwait Moms Guide (Note that the author has since left Kuwait so the information isn’t up to date).

Expat Woman also has a lot of handy resources for families looking to relocate to Kuwait.

Travel Resources

Movies and Literature

Most literature around Kuwait focuses on the events surrounding the Gulf War.

Kids Resources

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Kuwait Family Visitor Guide. Planning a trip to Kuwait all the essential information you need to plan a family vacation including culture and customs, safety and other practicalities and resources for the family traveller.

NB please check facts with the appropriate authorities before travelling. Information correct to best of our knowledge as at January 2024. This page contains affiliate links.