Capt. Eid Fishing
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.
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
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.