To many travellers, Kuwait is synonymous as a gulf nation rich in oil reserves. Reports indicate that over ten percent of the world’s oil reserves are held in this small state located in the northwest of the Persian Gulf. Originating from an Arab word meaning fortress, Kuwait as a country has much to offer visitors. This includes religious places of historical and architectural importance, beautifully adorned souks, deserts and cliffs, sea clubs and golfing courses and other activities deemed attractive to travellers.
Other places of interest for visitors to Kuwait are the Kuwait Towers and the Pearl Diving Festival. The towers are a masterpiece in architectural ingenuity. Soaring the Kuwaiti skies at a height of over 180 metres it consists of a revolving area for observation with access through high speed lifts with one of the towers containing gallons of water. The Diving Festival is in lieu of a tribute to the ancient divers and held yearly to popularize this pastime among the youth.
Towards the south of the city is an area known as Airport Road Omarrya, which houses one of Kuwait’s spectacular attractions, the renowned Zoological Park. Set over 180,000 square metres, this park cum zoo is home to a large number of animals and other species. While admission to the park is free, it is a popular venue for tourists and locals alike.
Children are encouraged to visit the Park to learn and observe animals, birds, reptiles and other species in their natural habitat. Main attractions at the Park are animals such as elephants, lions, tigers and zebras. Unfortunately during the Iraqi invasion much of the park was destroyed. It was however rebuilt and today stands as a favourite hotspot beckoning visitors.
Visitors to this Gulf State can choose from several Kuwait hotels. The Al Jahra Copthorne Hotel and Resort is synonymous with personalized service and modern amenities. Located only 20 minutes away from the city center, this Kuwait Hotel is in easy access to restaurants, shopping malls and parks. The Hotel caters to those wishing to do business in Kuwait as well as the traveller seeking to explore this Arab nation.