Cradled between Saudi Arabia and Iraq in of one of the most ancient and contested corners of the world, Kuwait has a certain cachet. It may be as oil-rich as other Gulf countries, and its architectural landscape as experimental and audacious, but it hasn't embraced glitz and glamour in the same way. Perhaps it's the years lost to the Iraqi invasion and its aftermath, or maybe it's a conscious decision not to give in to commercialism.
Geographically, Kuwait lies far enough away from the Gulf travel hubs to the south to mean there are fewer tourists here. The result? A more authentically Arab feel to the country. Kuwait remains an oasis in a land of desert plains, and visitors may be surprised by the intriguing attractions on offer, from excellent museums and galleries to a fine souq, to a corniche with beaches and lively restaurants.