Kuwait City

Comprising more than 10km of winding paths, parks and beaches on Arabian Gulf St (sometimes referred to locally as Gulf Rd), the corniche is marked at its southern end by the Scientific Center and at its northernmost point by Kuwait Towers. Stop off at any of the many beaches, restaurants or coffee shops to watch a desert sunset or, on hot summer evenings, enjoy being part of the throng of people flocking to the sea to catch the breeze.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Kuwait City attractions

1. Scientific Center

0.54 MILES

One of the largest aquariums in the Middle East is housed in this sail-shaped building. The giant spider crabs (3.8m leg to leg), fluorescent jellyfish…

2. Shaikh Nasser Al Sabah Mosque

0.76 MILES

This pyramid-shaped mosque is another example of Kuwait's exceptional modern mosque architecture. Non-Muslims can't go inside but are free to take a look…

3. Marina Beach

0.88 MILES

Popular beach with great views of the city's skyline. Kiosks serve ice cream and drinks, and there's usually an enormous bouncy playground for kids on the…

4. Marina Crescent


Attached to Marina Mall, this pleasant palm tree-lined outdoor promenade loops around Kuwait Bay and has a range of restaurants and coffee shops. It's…

5. Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Art


A few blocks south of the Tareq Rajab Museum, this sister attraction is also housed in a villa. It has a seriously impressive and beautifully presented…

6. Tareq Rajab Museum


Housed in the basement of a large villa, this exquisite ethnographic museum should not be missed. There are inlaid musical instruments suspended in glass…

7. Al Hashemi Marine Museum

3.29 MILES

Maritime fanatics will enjoy this fascinating museum with its impressive collection of large, scale-model dhows (traditional cargo boats), sailing…

8. Green Island

3.45 MILES

Find this artificial island built in the '80s just off the Corniche. It's 785,000 sq metres with greenery and a rarely used amphitheatre. Visitors are…