In the past, Kuwait was considered as the Arab World's gateway because of its strategic geographical location along the Arabian Gulf. Having been a port that has welcomed individuals from different backgrounds, Kuwait has always maintained its genuine sense of tolerance and acceptance of the new and unfamiliar. The country has drawn upon the accumulated wisdom of nations around the world to fuel its own growth. After the discovery of oil, a nation of fishermen, pearl divers and traders transformed into one of the richest and most developed nations in the world offering state-of-the-art amenities, secure infrastructural facilities and technical excellence. Particularly in the 1970's, Kuwait became the center of fine arts, political and social awareness, a place where many of today's most prominent Arabic talents, leaders and other notable individuals lived and bloomed.
The Kuwaitis' pride in their history, heritage and national progress has given rise to an identity which is uniquely Kuwaiti. While it is a modernized country, Kuwaiti traditions stand strong with the necessary dash of the famed Arab hospitality.
Ultimate shopping destination
Kuwait is a modern country with everything from glitzy shopping malls to old "souks" where culture and tradition abound. Everything from the latest Fendi purse to rare spices can be purchased depending on the size of your wallet and interests. Many stores have negotiable prices or discounts and bargaining is the name of the game.
Souk Sharq Mall located in downtown Kuwait City is one of the largest modern malls, similar to an American mall but with styles of the Middle East. It also boasts a beautiful view of the Arabian Gulf where you can enjoy a modest meal. Shopping in Salmiya is another popular area where the streets are lined with malls such as Laila Gallery, Tala Center, Galleria 2000 as well as Plaza, Bustan, Fanar and Marina Mall between the occasional gold souks that can be found tucked away here and there. Exploring this area on foot is the best way to find what you are looking for and rest assured, the streets are relatively clean and very safe. For those of you with a burning desire to drop $3,000 on the latest It-bag, the exclusive Salhiya Mall and the legendary Villa Moda offer a wealth of designer stores and brands. Apart from large-scale shopping destinations, you can also enjoy the intimacy of the many unique boutiques owned by the burgeoning number of young, ambitious and talented Kuwaiti entrepreneurs who have an eye for exquisite style and glamorous flair.
Best known for its excellent prices in gold, Persian rugs as well as other traditional garments and nick knacks, a must-see visit includes the old souks in Kuwait City. Here, you will find a maze of shops winding through the many alleys that delight your senses and fulfill your search for that wonderful keepsake.
The Avenues, the iconic shopping destination that opened in early 2007, aims at elevating the shopping experience in Kuwait to international levels and has established new benchmarks and standards throughout the industry. The Avenues has the widest selection of international brands in the region spread over 216 stores including Kuwait's first Carrefour hypermarket, one of the region's largest IKEA store, the largest Cineplex, 39 restaurants and cafes within a lively 'Theater of Food'. The first phase comprises 170,000 square meters of rentable area, over 4,000 car parking spaces, stores and a variety of entertainment.
Kuwait has few traditional menus inherit to the country alone but brings tastes from all over the Middle East, Europe, the US, Asia and the Mediterranean. People joke that there are two things to do in Kuwait, "Eat and shop"! Let us say that we in Kuwait do both very well. To know where to dine, simply click here to view the assorted list of restaurants we recommend.
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