Al-Hashemi Marine Museum
For proof that the Vikings made it to the Middle East, albeit only model ones, it’s worth visiting this museum with its impressive...
This is a well-established centre at the Fahaheel Sea Club offering day trips and night dive trips (from KD20/15) to Donkey Reef. It...
Messilah Water Village
For those who prefer facilities to the sea, Messilah Water Village, 20km south of the city centre, has a good range of pools, floats and...
Ta’awen St · interesting places nearby
Located in the hull of a boat, this inventive restaurant takes some beating, particularly as this isn’t just any old boat: this is Mohammedi II, built in Culicut, India in 1979. A replica of the largest dhow ever built (Mohammedi I, 1915), it took three years to construct from teak wood and 2.5 tonnes of copper, and was completed with 8.8 tonnes of handmade iron nails.
Not that one spares much thought for the 35,000 days of labour that was invested in one of the most characterful cargo holds in the history of boat building: when ensconced in the curving hull, under a ship’s lantern hung from the beams, the attention is much more carefully focused on the set-piece of grilled grouper or sirloin, delivered sizzling to a personalised brass dinner setting. As the ship is dry, in all senses of the word, seasickness is not a prime concern. As this is a very popular venue, it's advisable to make a reservation; there are two sittings, one at 7pm and one at 9pm.