Congratulations to our brothers and sisters in Kuwait, who are celebrating their 52nd National Day, and the 22nd anniversary of their Liberation, today. I thought this was an appropriate time to share snippets of the trip my family and I took a couple of weeks ago to Kuwait City.
We went with the intention of experiencing our first family trip abroad in years, we are obviously not the travelling type as a family, and apart from the occasional Umrah trip, I don’t remember us crossing the borders together for the last 20 years at least. This just had to happen, NOW.
Being the eldest child and the most travelled, I was assigned to take the lead on the organizing front, my sister was my “Wazir”, my brother played “Chaperon”, and my mother…..well, she happily tagged along.
View of Kuwait City from our hotel
We spent only two nights there, which wasn’t enough for each of us to fulfill an individual plan. I, being also the explorer in the family, wanted to go see the sights, but at the end I succumbed to the ladies’ cash blowing urges, so we mainly went shopping!
We explored the capital as a rising shopping hub, and a decent short getaway destination in the region. Kuwait is becoming seriously famous for its unique boutique and local brands. Traditional markets are equally fun and lively, though not that cheap. Still, my sister and I found it really hard to not buy.
Before leaving Dubai, friends and colleagues advised me to eat at a Kuwaiti restaurant called “Freej Swuaileh”, located in the Salmiyah District. They said I shouldn’t leave the country without trying it, and I am truly glad we did. The food was yummy, authentic and reasonably priced. The atmosphere and the services were great too, but it was the food that we were so full of, that walking was becoming such a mission after that big lunch.
Traditional sweets shop inside the Freej Swaileh Resturant
After the big lunch, we headed to see the Kuwait Towers, or at least we wanted to, but we couldn’t because they were closed! I couldn’t believe our luck, all the reviews that I read online about the place advised to visit it, since it is the most prominent landmark in the country, some people complained that it was a bit overdue for a run of maintenance, Kapparently they finally got around to it, which had to be during our visit!
We hovered around, took some photos of the exterior, although we were too close for me to get good shots, but I guess it was good enough to check it off my must see list.
Later in the evening, My siblings and I headed out again for another shopping spree at Souq Al Mubarkiyah, another viberant shopping spot where you get a taste of the true spirit of the country.
Souq Al Mubarkiyah
The next day, after breakfast at the hotel, we went out to see more of the city. We ended up at Souq Sharq Mall, where we spent the whole day and almost broke our banks.
Sharq Mall and Marina
On the last day, we had to catch an afternoon flight back home, so we only had enough time to finish packing and have one last meal in city. We had it at the Marina Crescent, the place looked pretty familiar, since it had a similar layout to the Dubai Marina area, am not sure which one came first, but it even had similar outlets. We brunched at PQ.
The most valuable lesson I learnt during this trip was that the apple never falls far away from the tree; my mother didn’t stop taking photos, she photographed everything and everyone she laid eyes on, and it was really hard to get her away from her GALAXY and her instagram. i know for sure now that I am my mother’s daughter 🙂
This was fun! Maybe we’ll do it again…