About Kuwait City

Kuwait City is the main and largest city in Kuwait, located in the Middle East region. Kuwait shares borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The country features for having a dry desert climate, with scorching hot summers and chilly winters (on summer temperatures easily surpasses 40ºC). Apart from Kuwait City, Salmiya, Jahra and Wafrah are worth to visit. Regarding main attractions, you shouldn’t miss Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Kuwait Towers, the Souq, the Tareq Rajab Museum and the Scientific Centre, which stands for being Middle East’s biggest aquarium.

 

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Line in Kuwait – 112 (accessible 24/7)
Kuwait International Airport – 24336699
Kuwait Coast Guard Department – 25656741 / 25652979
Ambulance Department – 24722000 / 24721008
Fire Department – 100 – 105
Kuwait Police Department – 199
Operator Assistance - 101

 

Money

Currency in Kuwait is Dinar, abbreviated as KD. Kuwaiti Dinar (KD) = 1000 fils. Notes are in denominations of KD20, 10 5 and 1, and 500 and 250 fils. Coins are denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 fils. Kuwait Dinar is stable, and is worth about $3.74.

As for credit and debit cards, American Express, Master Card, Diners Club and Visa are accepted. For details of merchant acceptability and other services, check with your credit or debit card company.

Travellers cheques are widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

Banks are open Sunday to Thursday 0800hrs to 12oohrs. ATMs and Banks are everywhere and all major credit cards are accepted.

 

Time

GMT + 3.

 

Electricity

240 volts AC, 50Hz, single phase. UK-type flat three-pin plugs are used.

 

Language

Arabic is the official language, but, English is widely understood, particularly in the commerce and industry.

 

Tipping

10 to 15 percent tipping is possible at a restaurant. However, tipping a taxi driver is not customary in Kuwait.

 

Best time to visit Kuwait

Kuwait’s weather pattern is similar to that of Europe, although the weather here is hotter and drier. Summers (April to October) are hot and humid with very little rain. Winters (November to March) are cool with limited rain, while Spring (February to April) is cool and pleasant.

If you happen to visit Kuwait in summer, there are plenty of air-conditioned amenities to make your summer visit tolerable. The winter months are chilly in the evenings, but, with pleasant daytime temperatures. During Spring, the desert is laced in a transparent lime green, decorated with petunias, making it the ideal time to visit.

 

Transport

Kuwait has cheap and well spread transport system with local and intercity buses that operate round the clock. Taxis charge a flat rate between the city and airport. Local taxis without meters are available for getting around. To hire a car, one must have an International Driving Permit.

For any further information about Kuwait please visit: https://www.visit-kuwait.com.

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