Al Othman Road, PO Box 4494, (opening soon), Hawalli, 32075, Kuwait
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JumpingRAMONQ, Kuwait November 2010
Something a little more traditional
Close-up of the monument
I have been told that a couple can not stay in a hotel in Kuwait without a marriage license and it has to be in Arabic. Can anyone verify this?
Well it depends. Do you and your wife have the same last name ?
Yes we do have the same last name - I also have a military id card as well.
Then nobody will ask you for any further documentation if you tell them you're husband and wife. Just bring your passports and visas.
We now live here but came as visitors previously. We had no problems as we had same name and passports - no need for marriage licence in any language. Can be tricky in all sorts of situations if your names don't match however.
Travel Tips for Kuwait
Give yourself some extra time !!!!!
Even though Kuwait's airport is small it is very confusing .... the signs really don't make any sense.... but they do have plenty of information desks, and they all speak English for those who fear a langauge barrier !!!! Plenty of shops before passport control and after passport control !!!!
Kuwait is a totally dry country so alchol is illegal so no bars, but plenty of coffee and juice bars ... and of course Starbucks (there as bad as McDonald's now !!!)(meaning there everywhere)
Give yourself some extra time to get thru the mess, as for the shops, the prices are not good, very high on items !!!!
Renting in Kuwait
While working in Kuwait, I had the opportunity to participate in a few negotiations for the rental of a villa. Foreigners generally rent villas rather than houses, as the latter tend to be massive structures built from marble for Kuwaiti citizens. Villas are the size of average houses in North America. The trick is often to find a villa that was built by a Kuwaiti who plans, at some point, to live in it. Otherwise, the quality of construction can be quite shoddy and the landlord can have the nasty habit of ignoring your calls when things need to be repaired. There is healthy competition in Kuwait amongst realtors, so you shouldn't have a problem with your agent, if you contract one. Rents did not suffer the same decline as in Dubai, so there is little expectation that the agent will go bust or that the home owner won't be able to cover the cost of maintenance - however, this also means that rents have not fallen and are on an upward trend. Houses that are well maintained can amaze even the most pampered of families. The villa in the pictures attached to this tip (KWD1500 per month, but knocked down to about KWD1250) had an elevator, 6 car garage, chandeliers everywhere and beautiful bedrooms.
Barr: rough Arabic translation 'land'.
I haven't tried this yet but it made to my 'to do list' of life now.
Apparently, in winter all Kuwaiti's set up tents in the dessert (that's like a 20 minute drive from downtown...kind of a tiny country) and go there to stay up talking, relaxing, chillin, etc
Bigger companies set up tents for their employees, and nowadays it's gotten fancy with Famous Arab singers, Costa and Starbucks stalls, fast food stalls, some shopping stalls etc...
There's even some 'luxury' tent rentals, where for a very high price (someone told me KD 1,000 p/d??) you can rent a 5 star tent, with marble tiles and fancy restrooms, chandelliors and the whole shebang. Sounds crazy, but maybe if you invite the whole tribe and friends you can afford it..
Cartoon Network World
This attraction is not what I would call a traditional one. Rather, it's something that you would probably look forward to visiting if you went somewhere in the US or in Canada. Nevertheless, the sheer number of expats in Kuwait means that there is no shortage of places like this, where kids can go to do things that they could have done at home. This particular Cartoon Network World is not far from the Courtyard in Kuwait City, on the south-east side of the Maqwa roundabout.
What a great place this is. Impeccable waiters will offer you nice and abundant serves of lebanese food. Hommos, fattoosh, kabbah, taboola, you name it. The meat is also really good, and the fish I had (hamour) was tasty and well done. Haven't tried the hubbly but I'll come back! :o) The fish was one step above everything else.
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