Service charges are included normally, tipping is only expected in fancy restaurants if you're in a good mood. Even if you tip, the tip won't go to your waiter, but to the till.
You may want to tip a good server at your hotel when you're leaving, or when they carry your luggage to the room.
Note: you'll only find the picture funny if you understand Arabic- Al Mahboula means The Idiot Woman. Yes, it's a real pic.
Kuwait Doesn't Get Many Tourists
Bring some long sleeved t-shirts and for the winter months (November - March) a light fleece to carry with you if you get cold. In the sun it is never that cold but in shadow and early evening it can feel much colder. In December and January you will wear a fleece or sweater all day. Also in Kuwait people love air conditioning so have something to keep you warm in the malls, restuarants, if you go to meetings or to visit a house. Remember Kuwait is an extremely conservative society, leave short skirts, sleeveless tops, anything vaguely see through or with spaghetti straps at home. If you wear something tight or revealing people will stare, which you will find uncomfortable. Best to err on the side of caution and stick to trousers if you can. For business a smart trouser suit for ladies is the safest option. Bring lots and lots and lots of suntan lotion and wear it all the time, even in winter. There are no decent camera shops in Kuwait, batteries for some reason are very expensive and I think the heat affects them so they don't last very long. I am not sure of the technical reason for not lasting long, I just know they don't last long. Film is not always that new as few people buy film in Kuwait so best to bring it all with you. Don't get your pictures developed in Kuwait, your films will be poorly handled, negatives scratched and the quality of prints is poor, and it is a lot more expensive than Europe or the US. Make sure you bring plenty of memory for your digital camera as again it is expensive to buy cards for your camera. Invest in a waterproof bag for your valuables, the beaches get very busy and petty theft while very rare, it has been known, so don't let it be you. Getting your passport replaced in Kuwait is not easy, so take it swimming with you. Plugs are UK style 200volts, so bring battery chargers etc either with a british plug or bring an adaptor, adaptors are easy to find in Kuwait though if you forget.
Sawaber Public Park
It may seem a bit odd to include a public park as an attraction, but in desert countries like Kuwait, a little bit of greenery open to the public can seem quite a site. Actually, this public park in Sawaber is quite nice and it does seem incredibly relaxing and peaceful when compared to the hectic traffic and dust of the rest of the city. Obviously, the lack of rainfall means that it is a bit difficult to keep the grass and trees here perfectly watered, but that can be forgiven given the climate. The caretaker of the park (the city, I assume) has done a fairly good job at landscaping and there is some attempt at making sure that the planning of the park corresponds to aesthetics in addition to keeping the greenery green. On a Friday morning, an early stroll through this park can go a long way to ensuring that you feel relaxed before the rush of the weekend.
Awesome Chinese and Indian food in Kuwait!!
This restaurant in located in Fahaheel, by the Gulf road, on the 5th floor of a building located in the middle of a wonderful bazar.
It has very authentic decor and ambiance, which was not expected. They have private enclosed tables for privacy if this is desired. The service was spendid. The food is very impressive.
Their menu gives you a variety of Chinese and Indian food. This is something you won't see back in the states, especially when both types of cuisine were excellent. They have a sweet and sour chicken dish to die for-not literally :) , wonton soup I will order again, delicious curry chicken with safron rice, and mouth quenching sweet tea.
Kuwait Towers Observation Deck
1 Dinar/£2 appx is all it costs to visit the observation deck which makes up one of the Kuwait Towers for great views over Kuwait City and the coastline.
Its a popular landmark with locals and with foreign visitors and information about what can be seen from the rotating deck is written in both Arabic and English - and rather interesting and helpful. Info pointing out sights to be seen from the vantage point and such as the other bulbous tower is actually a water container and can store up to 1 million gallons of water.
Theres a souvenir shop with an array of items depicting the towers and Kuwait that seemed particularly popular with the locals - and especially that it was National Day and Liberation Day celebration time - 2008 being the 47th year of independence - Kuwaiti flags were popular with most children, not just those up the tower same time as me but out on the streets and along the beaches, carrying them and even in dressed in outfits made up in the Kuwaiti flag colours!
The people certainly seem very proud to be Kuwaiti and appreciative of their independence as a nation or state.
The display of photos showing damage done by the Iraqis in 1990 was interesting and quite moving in a way with comments translated also into English from the Kuwaitis standpoint.
There are free toilets next to the elevator entrance.