One Day

Potter the length of the corniche (Arabian Gulf St), pausing at Layali Al Helmeya for a shisha and Kuwait Towers for that quintessential Kuwait photo. Get a feel for the country’s Bedouin history at Al Sadu House, take lunch in one of the few remaining heritage houses at Beit 7 and then enjoy the rich Al Sabah collection at Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyya. Sample local desserts in the city’s most traditional souq, Souq Marbarakia, and return to the water (or dry dock, to be exact) for dinner on the dhow at Al Boom.

Two Days

After day one exploring the corniche, head inland on day two to Tareq Rajab Museum – a hidden gem of a collection displaying ethnographic treasures from across the Islamic world. Spend the afternoon brand-name shopping in fashionable Salmiya district, followed by some talking to the animals at the excellent Scientific Center. End the day enjoying the bustle of promenading locals at nearby Marina Crescent, followed by dinner at Mais Alghanim.

Three Days

Spare a thought for the events of the past two decades by visiting the diminished National Museum, sense the still-smarting wounds of war in the Kuwait House of National Works: Memorial Museum and drive out to Al Jahra’s Mutla Ridge. Brighten up a sobering day at the Hilton Kuwait Resort, on a silky stretch of coastline with sequinned waters, or get away from it all on Failaka Island.