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Introduction

Kuwait Towers

Kuwait Towers

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Kuwait City is the capital of Kuwait and is the largest city in the country with about 2.4 million people living in the metropolitan area. It is located in the central coastal part at the Persian Gulf and is the economic, cultural and political heart, while the rest of the country being almost empty. The city has been inhabited since almost 300 years ago and has seen an enormous growth during the last decades.

Today, it is a wealthy city with many high-rise office buildings and several of the bigger international hotel chains all have luxurious hotels to choose from. This means that spending time here doesn't come cheap. Still, it's great place to visit and not many travellers come here although it has something to offer if you are into something different than Dubai. The Kuwait Towers are a main landmark and a display of wealth of both the city and the country.

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Sights and Activities

Kuwait Towers

View from Inside Kuwait Towers

View from Inside Kuwait Towers

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The three concrete reinforced Kuwait Towers dominates the skyline of Kuwait City. The principle tower is 187 metres high, has a restaurant, a viewing area at 123 metres and can move around doing a full rotation every 30 minutes. The second tallest tower is used to store water and can hold over one million gallons of water. The third tower controls the flow of electricity to the suburbs of Kuwait City. Opening to the public in 1979 it became a big tourist sight very quickly. The towers were heavily damaged during the war and were restored afterwards. Although a careful eye can still see some damage to the exterior of the towers.

Other Sights and Activities

  • The Science Center - Located on the water front in the Salmiya area, this is a great place to have fun and learn. There are also some cool boats to see.
  • Shopping - Go to some of the finest shops in the world in the Salmiya district.
  • Jal Az-Zor - Near to Kuwait City, go to this preserve to watch many migratory birds including the elusive Black Vulture.

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Weather

Kuwait has an arid climate with warm to hot weather. There is no rain whatsoever from June to August. From October to May, there are about 3 to 8 days a month with some rainfall, totalling less than 100mm of rain a year. Temperatures are pleasant from November to April. January is the coldest month with average maximum temperatures of 18 °C, dropping to 8 °C degrees at night. From June to September have daytime temperatures averaging 40 °C to 45 °C and nights still around 30 °C! Temperatures over 50 °C are not uncommon during summer and together with sometimes humid conditions makes this time almost unbearable.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max19.5 °C21.8 °C26.9 °C33.9 °C40.9 °C45.5 °C46.7 °C46.9 °C43.7 °C36.6 °C27.8 °C21.9 °C
Avg Min8.5 °C10 °C14 °C19.5 °C25.4 °C28.9 °C30.7 °C29.5 °C26.2 °C21.5 °C14.5 °C9.9 °C
Rainfall30.2 mm10.5 mm18.2 mm11.5 mm0.4 mm0 mm0 mm0 mm0 mm1.4 mm18.5 mm25.5 mm
Rain Days533310000133

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Getting There

By Plane

Kuwait International Airport (KWI) is located 16 kilometres south of the city. The national airline, Kuwait Airways flies throughout the Middle East and to some parts of Asia. All Gulf countries are served at least daily. Destinations further away include Bangkok, Manila and Kuala Lumpur to the east and Paris, Frankfurt and London to the west. Even New York is served.

Kuwait has its own lowcost airline as well, the Jazeera Airways. Destinations are almost exclusively in the Middle East, and the North Africa as well as South Asia.

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