One of Kuwait’s most enthralling private museums is the Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Arts, which allows visitors an interesting foray into the world’s cultures with a special emphasis on Islamic art. Culture vultures will discover true treasures within the city proper, made all the more enjoyable when basing a stay at a luxury Kuwait resort such as the Al-Jahra Copthorne Hotel & Resort which is one of the finest Kuwait hotels the city has to offer its incoming tourist traffic. The beloved brainchild of Taraq Sayed Rajab and his wife, Jehan Wllborne who are avid collectors of all items of historical, cultural, and intrinsic value, the original museum opened its doors to the public in the 1980s, revealing a world of magic, wonder, and promise. Amongst the fascinating collections you will encounter within the aged doors, you’ll find graceful textiles, vibrant costumes, delicate ceramics, and intricate calligraphy artefacts, to name but a few fine specimens. Finding its origin in a small private collection, the museum has now grown to incorporate in excess of thirty thousand pieces culled over the course of half a century by this adventurous couple and includes pottery, wood, glass, metalwork, jewellery, and embroideries with a focus on the Islamic world. Two new buildings have also been added, Dar Al-Cid, which is a lecture hall that aims to promote culture and the arts through a fascinating series of lectures and showcasing local and international art. The Dar Jehan features some stunning examples of Islamic calligraphy that dates back to the 7th century. So venture down to the Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Arts on your next foray to Kuwait; the cultural wonders you’ll encounter will leave you utterly breathless.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.