Al Shaab Gate

Kuwait City

Back when Kuwait's main industry was pearl diving, this old city gate (around a century old) allowed traders in and out of the city's walls. While the wall is no longer here, this restored clay doorway is a reminder of Kuwait's former life and worth a photo if passing by. It's located at the southern end of Al Shaheed Park.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Kuwait City attractions

1. Al Shaheed Park

0.28 MILES

It's easy to spend a whole day in Kuwait's largest urban park, which has jogging and walking paths covering more than 2km. The green space contains…

2. Liberation Tower

0.96 MILES

Not to be confused with the distinctive Kuwait Towers, the striking Liberation Tower, with its UFO-like saucer, is the second-tallest tower in Kuwait. At…

3. Fatima Mosque

0.96 MILES

Considerable wealth has been channelled into the nation's religious architecture, with some 60% of Kuwait’s mosques financed and built by individuals,…

4. Al Shamiya Gate

1.01 MILES

When Kuwait City was protected by a wall, gates such as this one allowed folks to enter and exit while the wall protected the city from attack. Around a…

5. Souq Mubarakiya

1.12 MILES

Once the centre of trade before the nation found oil, Kuwait City's old souq has retained its sprawling, bustling glory. The historical centre of the…

6. Grand Mosque

1.31 MILES

The largest of the city’s 800 mosques, opened in 1986, completely survived the Iraqi invasion. It cost KD14 million (US$46 million) to build, with…

7. Modern Art Museum

1.35 MILES

This attractive traditional-style building hosts a number of exhibitions of contemporary Arab and international art throughout the year. Esteemed Kuwaiti…

8. Maritime Museum


The entrance to this museum is hard to miss, with its three magnificent dhows (traditional cargo boats) dry docked opposite Kuwait Bay. The place offers…