Hawali Continental

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Hawali Qutiba Street, Safat, Kuwait City, 13071, Kuwait
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 48% less than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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Out into the countryside to see desert life

by angiebabe

My hotel (the Hotel Continental - not the one at Hawali but the one close to Kuwait City) arranged a reputable taxi (Asia Taxi ph 7976637, driver was Mohiuddin Noor Car no 98) for me to have a 2 hour drive into the country so as not to leave Kuwait without seeing as much as I could before flying out - with an early 730 am start I was able to do this and be back for breakfast for 930 am and hotel vehicle for transport out to the airport at 10am!

I had agreed to the price of 10 dinar which is about £20 for two hours - a good deal made in order to get out and about in the limited time I had!

It was well worth it - not a great deal to see but its just being able to see it - I did get to the see the many tents that are out there - my driver said it was to maintain traditional living for Kuwaitis who tend to now live in the city and keep their plots as weekend or holiday homes!

And I did get to see camels!! Camels being herded and camels at the livestock markets. Also those who do live and look after animals living out in the countryside.

Went past the Camel Racing Club sign but couldnt get a photo of it - the driver said the club was miles further on from the sign.

DRIVING TIPS IN KUWAIT

by pangtidor

When you come here for a short visit, an international license or any GCC countries license will be valid in Kuwait. Getting a permanent driving license in Kuwait is quiet tricky for everybody, especially to the expats. Many great oil companies or some ministries will be helping the employees to get it instantly whilst others may need ridiculous wasta (recommended powerful man/note) to pass the driving test. The traffic department has a new rule too : YOU CAN NOT GET A NON-COMMERCIAL LICENSE IF YOUR SALARY IS LESS THAN 400KD. The appointment for driving test (ISTIMARAH) should be get ahead of time (at least one month before) and you have to go to the separated office for eye checking. When you want to get the driving lesson, YOU HAVE TO APPLY FOR ISTIMARAH FIRST.

Kuwait has a unique road system : THE RING ROADS. The Ring Roads are connecting the west and east area of Kuwait.1st RING ROAD : Sheraton Hotel to Safir International Hotel, 2nd RING ROAD : Shamiya-Kefan area to Bneid Al Gar-Daiya. 3rd RING ROAD: Shuwaikh to Shaab, 4th RING ROAD : Andalus to East Hawali, 5th RING ROAD: Doha (other end branched to Jahra) to Salmiya-Rumathiya, 6the RRING ROAD : Jahra to Messila, 7th RING ROAD : Shadadiya to Fintas. AVOID 4TH RING ROAD ON THE WORKING DAYS, you will be trapped in the traffic.
The other roads, from north to south will be lying across the ring roads, WILL BE CALLED BY NUMBERS :40 , 50, 30 roads with their other names too (will be written in both). All the directions on the main street will be writeen in both arabic and english but for the smaller roads (Street to Block areas) the sign will be in arabic mostly.

The speed will be ranged from 40-120 km/hr but some roads will have their own speed limit too. You will be fined for speeding, passing the red light, not using your seatbelt, but I found that the fine will be applied when YOU ARE CAUGHT BY THE CAMERA (speeding) AND BY POLICE ONLY. see my warning and danger tip : CRAZY DRIVERS AND BIKERS.
My advice will be : DO PRAY BEFORE YOU START YOUR ENGINE.:-))

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Isa Clock Tower near Liberation TowerIsa Clock Tower near Liberation Tower

Side view of the Supreme CourtSide view of the Supreme Court

Forum Posts

Fahaheel Restaurant

by barok69

Where exactly in Fahaheel is this restaurant with individual cabanas offering lebanese grilled chicken? any landmarks nearby?

Re: Fahaheel Restaurant

by global-wanderer

Did you ever find it? There are SO many Resturants in Fahaheel...I"m thinking it is the one on the side street but not sure... let me know if you still want to find it and how much you know Fahaheel.

Travel Tips for Kuwait

Capt. Eid Fishing

by Aaron7

We managed to arrange to go fishing out in Kuwait Bay with a Kuwaiti army official. It was a great time. Our group probably caught about 50 fish. Mostly catfish, but also some sand sharks and striped bass. It was certainly interesting learning to fish without a pole. I'm afraid I got the worst sunburn I've ever had, but it was worth it.

Murals

by mikey_e

One thing that Kuwaitis seem to really appreciate is murals. I'm not sure if there is some sort of basis for this in Kuwaiti culture, but, given the general level of dustiness and lack of urban planning in Kuwait, it can sometimes be rather surprising that you see a number of murals throughout the city. This one, which is located on Hillali Street not far from the JW Marriott, celebrates Kuwait's history of a shipping and fishing hub. I think that the general level of construction in the city has led many residents to desire a general campaign of beautification. The presence of these murals certainly goes a long way towards that, and it is undoubtedly a campaign that should please most visitors.

Cheap but delicious

by mikey_e about Mubarakiya Souq Restaurants

I've bundled all of the restaurants at the Mubarakiya Souq together because they are, for all intents and purposes, really just one restaurant. True, they do compete against one another for customers, but the food they get is all from the same place (the souq) and they all offer Iranian, Kuwaiti and Eastern Mediterranean dishes. My favourite was the one that was closest to the main hall of the market (al-Dana al-Azraq), where they specialized in Iranian food and generally had good meats and stews (except for the fish stew). The waiters here are either Iranian or Egyptian; the Iranians speak very little Arabic, in general, so you have to hope that they speak English, otherwise ordering can be a bit daunting. The Egyptians generally speak English in addition to Arabic. You will probably be rushed into a seat (they're not trying to give you the bad table, they just want you to sit down in their section of the seating, rather than in someone else's) and you may be expected to order immediately. There is almost always a bilingual menu, though, so don't be shy about taking your time. Kebabs are the specialty of these restaurants, and my favourite were the lamb ones (you can either get kofta, which is ground meat, or the actual chunks of lamb). As a side dish, stewed okra is quite tasty (marag bamia). The hummous and eggplant spreads are not great and usually drenched with vegetable, but not olive, oil. Tikka (grilled chicken) is ok, but the shish taouk (also grilled chicken) is a better choice. Everything is served with flat bread and salad, which takes the form of various greens and several onion wedges. Remember to ask for tea (chay) after your meal.

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Address: Hawali Qutiba Street, Safat, Kuwait City, 13071, Kuwait