Al Jahra, 32km west of Kuwait City, is the location of a 1920 battle against invading troops from Saudi Arabia. It was also the site of the Gulf War’s infamous ‘turkey shoot’ – the Allied destruction of a stalled Iraqi convoy as it lumbered up Mutla Ridge in an effort to retreat from Kuwait.
Built to house the workers of Kuwait’s oil industry in the 1940s and ‘50s, the town of Al Ahmadi, close to Fahaheel, was named after the emir of the day, Sheikh Ahmed. It remains, to some extent, the private preserve of the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). There are some pleasant public gardens and performances in English at the Kuwait Little Theatre.
While it's not a particularly spectacular line of hills, Mutla Ridge is about as good as it gets in Kuwait – and it offers a wonderful view of the full expanse of Kuwait Bay. Although the land mines have been cleared, you should stick to the paths in case of explosive remnants.
The traditional town of Fahaheel was, until quite recently, a separate village. It now merges into the Kuwait City suburbs but retains a distinctive atmosphere, reminiscent of its Bedouin roots. The fish souq and dhow harbour are more characterful, in many ways, than their modern counterparts in the city centre.