Kuwait is a lovely city, but if you are American and a first time visitor here are some things you need to know:
- Alcohol is ILLEGAL and punishable by law. If drinking is not your thing you will be fine. But if you enjoy a glass of wine (or something stronger) with your dinner you will be OUT OF LUCK. Do not attempt to bring alcohol into the country unless you believe serving jail time is worth the risk. Your bags will be checked before entering the country. At best, it will be confiscated but again, not worth the risk.
- Ladies, keep your arms and legs covered even if it is 120 degrees outside. Respect the culture. It is not a major infraction to have an uncovered head although I am sure the Mosques have different rules. To be honest, I am not sure if mosque tours are permissible to non Muslims and women as we did not attempt to visit.
- Public displays of affection are not cool. Limit affection within the confines of four walls.
- Overall, the people are very lovely but single ladies will find themselves followed in public places such as open markets. It is very innocent and do not get freaked out.
- There are a lot of Americans working in Kuwait and they are VERY socialable and will show you a great time if you can find them.
- For a really good time take a day or two and visit Bahrain for some good old fashioned fun. There are great bars and restaurants there. Senor Pacos has the best Mexican food and Margaritas in the world. So yummy and the service is impeccable - not to be confused with being expensive.
- The tower is pretty boring although the story behind it (which you will learn during the tour) is pretty interesting.
- We went to an open market and I had some of the sweetest corn on a stick! Sounds hokey, but yummy!
- In short, my recommendation is to go directly to Bahrain and spend a day in Kuwait via a very quick flight.
- Beautiful gold jewelry if you are into gold although I did not buy any. I often struggle with buying expensive jewelry abroad that I can't return if it later turns green. LOL!
GO AHEAD AND SEE THE WORLD! LIFE IS FOR LIVING!