Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ramadan 101 for Non-Muslims

What does the word "Ramadan" mean?

Ramadan is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The original meaning of the word was "scorching heat".

What's this Islamic calendar?

The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This means that each month begins with the sighting of the new crescent moon. There are twelve months in the year. A lunar year is 354 days long. This is different from a solar calendar like the Gregorian calendar used in the West. The solar year lasts 365 days. Because the lunar year is shorter, each date on it falls about 10 or 11 days earlier, relative to the solar calendar, with each succeeding year. For instance, in the year 2002 it started on November 6, while in the year 2003 it started on October 27. In 2004, it was predicted to start on October 16 (and actually started on October 15). In 2005, it started on October 5. In 2006, it started on September 23. In 2007, it is predicted to start on September 13.

Why do you say Ramadan is "predicted" to start on a certain date?

As I mentioned above, each month in the Islamic calendar starts with the sighting of the new crescent moon. Scientific calculations can pinpoint exactly when the astronomical new moon occurs, and can predict with some accuracy when the first crescent will be visible after this, but there are many factors that can complicate this, such as the weather. For this reason, and so that even ordinary Muslims who are not astronomers can take part, the rule is that the new crescent moon must be sighted by human observers. And we don't know exactly when it will appear until it's seen!

Does the month of Ramadan commemorate anything?

The month of Ramadan is when the first verses of the Quran were revealed. Note: The entire Quran was revealed over a period of about 23 years, starting in 610 CE and ending in 632 CE.

What is the purpose of the fast?

Quran Surah al-Baqarat verse 183 states that the purpose of the fast is to develop a quality called in Arabic "taqwa". Taqwa may be defined as, "Worshiping God as if you see Him because if you don't, He sees you." It is thus a kind of awe or God-fearingness, an awareness that God is always watching. Nobody but God and the person fasting know if that person actually observed the entire fast or secretly cheated. Thus, in order to resist the temptation to cheat, one has to remember that God is always watching and will see any lapse.

What does the fast entail?

The fast is from dawn to sunset each day of Ramadan. The fast involves refraining from food, drink, and (for married people) sexual relations during the daylight hours.

Who has to fast?

The fast is obligatory on all sexually mature adult Muslims. Those who are mentally handicapped or insane are not considered "adult" and do not have to fast. People who are ill do not have to fast if it would further damage their health; however, they should make up the missed fasts later when they become well again. Women who are pregnant or nursing are considered "ill" because fasting would harm their babies. As well, women who are having their menstrual period or who are experiencing post-partum bleeding should refrain from fasting during the days of their bleeding; the combination of blood loss and fasting could damage their health. Children who have not yet reached puberty are not required to fast. However, it is good for them to practice, and for this reason many Muslim children do fast starting from age seven or nine. A doctor should be consulted about how much fasting is safe for a growing child. People who are traveling may also break their fast if they feel that keeping it would harm them; as well, soldiers on guard duty for whom maximum readiness is a must may break their fast. In all cases of illness or fear of illness, the missed days need to be made up later.

Are there any other observances or customs attached to Ramadan?

The Muslim world has an almost staggering diversity of cultures and each Muslim country may have its own customs and rites associated with Ramadan. Some customs that are observed by most Muslims include the following:

  • Recitation of the entire Quran, in imitation of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who did so. This is usually done for the community from the mosques or (in Muslim countries) on the radio; individuals or families may also get together for their own recitation
  • Observance of special night vigil prayers in the late evening or middle of the night called tarawih
  • Withdrawing to the mosque during the last ten nights of Ramadan for prayer and Quran recitation, which is called itikaf meaning "seclusion"
  • Celebration of the "Night of Power" marking the specific date of the beginning of the revelation of the Quran on the 27th of Ramadan

As well, the fast is broken each evening with a meal called "iftar" (meaning "breaking the fast"), and the last meal in the morning before dawn is called "suhur" (meaning "morning meal"). In Muslim countries it is quite common to have feasts that last all night and run from iftar to suhur. These feasts are a time of celebration and community. There is also a special holiday marking the end of Ramadan, called Eid al-Fitr.

What's Eid al-Fitr?

The name Eid al-Fitr means "feast of the fast-breaking". It takes place on the first day of the month that follows Ramadan. There is a special salat (prayer) which the whole community should come together for. As well, those who can afford to do it should provide a small amount of food for the needy so that everybody can celebrate. The value of this gift is about $15 today. Most communities have a variety of festive celebrations and meals to mark the day.


Thursday, August 28, 2008


Here is more stuff from the embassy guide.

Some of these activities have appeared before in this guide, but we thought kids would be especially interested in this section.

BOWLING: Just like being at home – shoe rental and all. There is a new bowling alley in the City Centre Souk just off 5th Ring. Cozmo Bowling. Call 574-4975/6 for more information.

BRITISH SCHOOL OF KUWAIT: BSK offers a wide variety of academic and leisure pursuits as extra-curricular activities. These activities are open to adults and students from other schools and are marketed under the title of The British Schools.
Presently there are 14 British Schools. They include: aerobics& water aerobics, computing, drama, ballet, basketball, creative arts, dance, gymnastics, karate, languages, music, soccer, speech and drama, swimming and yoga. Registration for each term is well publicized in the English-language newspapers. BSK also offers a summer day camp for kids.
℡: 562-1701/2701.

COLOR ME MINE: A paint-it yourself ceramic studio. Has pre-fired bisque that you glaze with help from the staff. Offers specials on various days and also offers summer camps. You pay a studio fee and then for each individual piece.
Location: Marina Crescent off Gulf road in Salmiya.
℡: 224-4604. website:

EDUCATIONAL SCIENCE MUSEUM: Located downtown on Abdullah Mubarak Street directly across from the Fabric Souk and Indian heritage souk. Contains many displays and also has a planetarium. Open 9 AM to noon and 4:30 to 7:30 PM
every day except Thursdays and Fridays.

DOWNTOWN SOUK – MOUBARAKEA: There are many sections – all are fascinating. Kids might find the food part interesting. Several inexpensive pay parking lots are are available. Most shops are open mornings until about 1:30 and in the evenings until about 9 PM. For those who are less adventurous, try the Souk Salmiya in the City Centre just off Fifth Ring.

EMBASSY PLAYGROUP: Parents and kids (toddler age) from the Embassy community meet once a week for a few hours for play and to go on field trips. It’s a great way to meet new families. Meets Sunday mornings at 10:30. Call the CLO for more information.

FRIDAY MARKET: Open Thursdays and Fridays in the mornings and at night. There are several sections: the used stuff, the new stuff and the animals. All is very interesting and free (unless you buy something!) You can use strollers there.
Located between Fourth and Fifth rings and 55 and 60 behind the Plant Souk. You can park on either side of the market.
The animal section is not recommended because of widespread animal abuse.

GAMEWORKS: Located in the Marina Mall, second floor opposite Virgin Records. It is a large arcade and restaurant. You can eat and purchase a debit-type card for play on the machines. Older children and teens would like Gameworks.

GIGGLES: Offers inside games and fun. Will organize birthday parties for you. Sort of like Chucky Cheese in the U.S.
Telephone: 254-8513. In Adiliya, next to Kazma Sports Stadium.

GO-CARTS: There are several tracks around town, but the closest is at the International Fairgrounds in Mishref. It’s open daily after 4PM.

LITTLE GYM: Offers gymnastics and other sports classes for children, ages 3-12. Also offers summer camps and birthday
parties. Website:
Location: Jabriya, block 1A street 105, building 41.
℡: 534-4844.

KUWAIT SCHOOL OF DANCE: Founded in 1974, the school caters to children four years old to 18. The studio offers lessons in: jazz, ballet, creative movement, modern dance, classical ballet, choreography, workshop and performance.
Registration is in the fall with three academic terms of ten weeks. Their Performing Company has performances in April.
Call for information.
Location: They are currently meeting in the New English School in Jabriya.
℡: 562-2136 - Mrs.Andi Hicks.

KUWAIT ZOO: A small pleasant zoo. Recently re-opened after extensive renovations. Young children enjoy it because they are close to the animals. They also love the train and small rides. The gift shop has some nice educational -type toys.
It’s between Fifth and Sixth rings just off Route 55. Open every day except Saturday from 8 AM to 8 PM.
Phone: 473-3899.

THE LITTLE JUNGLE: A small private zoo located in Funaitees. It includes petting and hand feeding areas and rides on camels and ponies. You can arrange to have a party there or have them bring the animals to you! It also has a café.
Admission is 250 fils per person, rides and clover for the animals is extra.
Location: Off Route 30. Take Al Messilah Bridge and go away from the sea into Funaitees. Map available in CLO.
Hours: April 1 to Sept. 16, weekends and holidays 4pm to midnight. Saturdays to Wednesdays 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Sept.
17 to 31 March - weekends and holidays 9 am to 11 pm and Saturdays through Wednesdays 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
Phone: 390-2635.

LITTLE LEAGUE: Contact CLO for the current information. Little League has been active in Kuwait for many years.

THE MOVIES: Cinemas showing English-language films are available throughout the city. For schedules and location see: All sex is censored out, but violence is not.

NATIONAL MUSEUM: It’s on Gulf Road near the National Assembly building. Has several large buildings, but only a few are restored from the first Gulf War. In the building on the left as you go into the central square is a nice museum of traditional Kuwaiti culture. It includes life-sized dioramas of life in old Kuwait City that kids would like. The museum also has
a planetarium with some English language shows. Open 8 am to noon and 4-7 pm.

PARKS: Many sections of the city have green areas and they are especially green at this time of the year. Here’s one place to find playgrounds. It’s also a nice place for a picnic. Mishref Park is a large park that is nearby.

PAINTBALL KUWAIT: An exciting sport for those who are more adventurous.
Location:The Paintball field lies on the sea front right behind the Kuwait Towers (behind Aqua Park). The field consists of two castles, seventeen pro-ball obstacles (air-filled), four war-like ditches, grass platforms, and much more.
Phone: 243-1101 Internet:

THE SAS VIKING HEALTH CLUB: Free with the Embassy badge. Includes a beach, outdoor pool, and indoor pool. Also offered are jacuzzis, steam rooms, and saunas for teens and adults. Tae-Kwan-do classes are offered for kids (for a fee).
There are restaurants in the hotel and a café in the Health Club. There is also a free Maritime Museum and several large dhows to explore on the hotel grounds.

SCIENTIFIC CENTER: Located on Gulf Street at the end of Salmiya. Includes the aquarium, IMAX theatre, Discovery Place – a hands-on place for children, a dhow harbor, gift shop, and restaurant. Open Saturday through Wednesday from 9 am to 12:30 and 5 pm to 9:30 pm, Thursdays from 9 am to 9:30 pm, and Fridays from 2 pm to 9:30 pm. Look at their
website: for show times and more information.

SCOUTS: U.S. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts for all age children are available in Kuwait. Contact CLO if you would like to volunteer or join a troop.

TOURISTIC ENTERPRISES ATTRACTIONS: (on the web: this company operates most of the “tourist” attractions in town.

AQUA PARK: The park, opened in April 1996 and operates from April to November. There is plenty of fun to last for hours. No bikinis, please, though it is certainly a place the whole family can go. Mothers with small children seem to find weekday mornings the most enjoyable. Thursday is Family Day with a live band and contests for the children.
NO SINGLE MAN ALLOWED unless accompanied by a woman as a “couple”. Tuesday is Women’s Day – that is, women and children (only boys under 10 years of age). There is a new Speed Zone Go-Kart Track for drivers age 13 years and above.
Location: at the base of Kuwait Towers on Gulf Street.
Hours: Daily 10:00am to 10:00pm, with a 1:30 to 3:30 maintenance break.
℡: 243-1960.

ENTERTAINMENT CITY: Located very near Camp Doha. The theme park is divided into sections including a Tour of Europe, African Safari, Arab and Space Worlds. It has a variety of well-maintained rides including a large carousel, roller coaster and water log ride. Strollers are available as well as an array of fast food restaurants.
Location: Go north towards Jahra on ring 5 or 6, then on to Doha Port. Follow the signs for “Entertainment City”.
Hours: In the Summer (April 1 – October 31) Sunday through Friday 4 pm to 12pm.
in the Winter: Sunday - Wednesday 3 PM to 11 PM, Thursday 10 AM to 10 PM, Friday 10 AM to 9 PM, Mondays are for ladies only.
℡: 487-1567, 487-3677

GREEN ISLAND: Located off Gulf Road. This is a large island park made from filled land off the coast, connected by a causeway. It has restaurants, walkways, flowers and trees, as well as an electronic arcade. It has a small pond with paddleboats, trampolines, bumper boats and other rides for younger children. You can also rent bikes. You’ll do lots of walking, so go on a cool day.
Hours: Open daily from 3:00 to 11:00pm.

ICE SKATING HALL: It is off 1st Ring Road across Soor Street from the Ministries Complex. It has an Olympic-sized ice surface, a shoe changing room, a skating equipment store, a first aid center and Swenson’s Ice Cream. Open from 8-1 in the mornings and 3-11PM. It can be very crowded after 8PM.

KUWAIT TOWERS: The most-known Kuwait landmark. The view is amazing from the main tower as it slowly revolves around to show you all of Kuwait City. There is an expensive restaurant on top and a reasonably priced café available on the viewing deck. Off Gulf Road near Dasman.

MUSICAL FOUNTAIN: A large illuminated fountain where the water jets go along with music. Located near downtown off First Ring, near the ice skating rink. Open 4-12 (at night) the fountain is surrounded with seating, cafeteria and playground for kids.

AL-SHAAB GARDENS (OR SHAAB LEISURE PARK): Located off Gulf Road near the big McDonald’s. This is a large amusement park with many rides. It is open Saturday through Wednesday from 3 PM to midnight and Thursday and Friday from 10AM to midnight.

Shopping in Kuwait

Here is another list from the Weekend Guide 2007 list from the American Embassy in Kuwait.

Stores are generally open from 9:00am to 1:00pm and from 4:00 to 9:00pm,
though the hours will change during the month of Ramadan. Larger department stores may be open in the afternoons every day except Fridays. Some co-ops and some of the Sultan Center Supermarkets are open 24 hours.


ANTIQUE AND HANDICRAFRS CENTRE: Collection of furniture, textiles and silver from India. Run by a British woman. It has the tables made from old doors.
Location: Al-Rai area of Shuwaikh near ACE hardware. Maps in CLO.
Hours: 10 am to 1:30 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm, Fridays 10 am to 2 pm.
℡: 474-0016 website

AL KURD CIRCLE: Located in Hawally, the Kurdish Circle is famous for the hubbly bubbly (water pipe) shops surrounding the circle. They provide the best selection at the best prices. Select each piece for the water pipe separately to get the best pipe. Only then discuss price and bargain hard.

BIDA’S ANTIQUES: This is in a private home. Owner brings in a few big things from South Africa that do not jibe with his usual stock. He does better with doors and beds from India, and old windows turned into coffee tables. Has some home accessories too.
Location: On Gulf Road, beach side. Pass the SAS hotel going south and turn right after the first bus stop. It is the corner house from the power substation.
Hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm
℡: 565-7819

CASA MAROC: Moroccan imports, from furniture to small pieces.
Location: In Salmiya off Fourth Ring just after Route 30. Near Images Beauty Salon.
℡: 563-2484

Gloria’s Place: Antique and Handicraft Centre. Includes doors, cabinets, tables, chairs and beds.
Location: Off of 30 going toward Fintas, exit 208 to left, first street on right. Villa # 28 and 29 Abu Al Hasania.
Hours: Saturday – Thursday 10:00am – 1:30pm and 5:00 pm – 9:00pm. Friday 10:00am – 2:00pm ℡: 390-8302

HERITAGE SOUK: Downtown on the edge of the shopping area, this rebuilt souk is a good place to go for rugs, some antiques, and has several stores featuring things from Afghanistan. Across the street are several stores with the Kuwaiti Sadu weaving.

INDIAN HERITAGE: Includes lots of mini-stores featuring Indian clothing, fabrics, decorating items, and furniture.
Location: In the middle of the Souk-Al Safat, or main building of the Fabric Souk. Has two floors.

KUWAIT DESIGN CENTRE: Has an assortment of small shops dealing with antiques and furniture.
Location: Salmiya, just down the street from Marina Mall on Salam Al-Mubarek Street. Look for the building with a beauty supply stores on the ground floor. The antique stores are in the basement. You might actually find Kuwaiti antiques here if there is such a thing.
Hours: 9:30am to-1pm and 4:30 pm to 10 pm
℡: 571-6742

SALMIYA ANFAL MALL: This souk/mini shopping mall is across and down the street from Marks and Spencers. There are several shops here featuring items from Iran, India and other places including silver, textiles, rugs and souvenir type items.

THAI ART GALLERY: Includes a large selection of cultured pearl, handicrafts and clothing from Thailand.
Location: Salmiya in the Shaha complex. On Salem Al Mubarak Street on the corner near Eureka. It is in the basement.
Hours: Sat-Thurs. 9am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm, Fridays 5:30 pm to 9 pm
℡: 571-0144


JARIR BOOKSTORE: Includes English and Arabic books, cards, office and art supplies, toys and computer supplies. It’s a great place to go for gifts.
Location: Located off Tunis Street in Hawalli, it’s in a shopping center that looks like a fort with carnival rides in the front. Parking is around back.
Hours: 9-1 mornings and 4:30-10:30 evenings. Closed Friday mornings.
℡: 261-0111

KUWAIT BOOKSHOPS: Two locations in Kuwait. The larger store is in the Al-Muthana complex and has the atmosphere of a Crown Books. Their better store is right off Sheraton Circle on Al-Soor Street. This shop has a real bookstore feel to it and claims to be the first English language bookstore in Kuwait. They have an excellent cookbook and travel section, as
well as the latest novels plus a good selection of magazines.
Location: Downstairs at the Al-Muthana Shopping Complex across from the J. W. Marriott Hotel and on the corner of Al-Sour and Fahed Al-Salem Streets - across from the Sheraton.
℡: 242-4266, 242-4289

Q8 BOOKS: Includes new, used and out-of print books.
Location Downtown on Fahad Al-Salam Street opposite the General Post Office.
℡: 245-7505/6 website:

VIRGIN RECORDS: Lots of books – good fiction and travel sections as well as magazines from America and Britain. Of course, you have a large selection of music CD’s and videos as well as electronics.
Location: Marina Mall.

OTHER BOOK SHOPS: The gift shops in the larger hotels also have a fine selection of magazines, newspapers, paperback novels, especially “coffee table” books about the Middle East and Kuwait.


Hand-made oriental carpets from many different regions are available throughout Kuwait. Some places to find rug shops
include: Heritage Souk downtown and Iranian Souk off 4th Ring near Pant Souk. Some shops used by Embassy personnel

AHMAD CARPET: Located in Iranian Souk in Al-Rai, Shop no.3. Iranian Carpets.
℡: 965-0517, 472-7933

AHMAD KHANY: Iranian Carpets. In Iranian Souk area.
℡: 475-5957, Mobile 907-0433

AL-OMAR: in Heritage Souk carpet area. Persian carpets.
℡: 621-0923, mobile 966-2300

HUSSAIN AND ALI: Frequented by many Embassy people. It has many carpets from many lands. Located across the street from Heritage souk near Sadu (traditional Bedouin) weaving shops. Map in CLO.
℡: 242-7522

PERSIAN CARPET EXHIBITION: Salmiya at the corner of 4th Ring Road and Amman St. at the beginning of Old Salmiya.
℡: 573-1431.


BARAKAT SHOWROOM TRADING CO.: Needlepoint, embroidery, rug making, quilting, painting and knitting – you name it they probably have it.
Location: Off of Hamed Al-Mubarak St. in the Mabror Complex. Near the Circus tent. There’s also a smaller branch in Fahaheelon Sinan Street in the Al-Sharhan Complex, Mezzanine.
℡: Salmiya: 574-6727/ 8, Fahaheel 392-8402

FABRIC SOUK: Downtown off Route 40 as it goes through town, just before Heritage Souk – across from Science Museum. Offers an overwhelming collection of fabrics from the mundane to the sublime in several large buildings. Take a photo of your garment and they can estimate the yardage. Tailors are also available on the second floor of the souk buildings. Some shops also have needlework kits. The Indian Heritage Souk is part of the largest building. It features
clothing, home furnishings and other exotic items from India.


BRITISH HOME STORE (BHS): British merchandise – clothing, shoes, house wares, children’s attire etc. Good products, Western styles, but expensive, watch for sales.
Locations: Main store is in Salmiya next door to the Sultan Center. Smaller outlets are located throughout Kuwait in some
℡: 484-2872, 391-7056

DEBENHAMS: Another quality British department store to browse around in. Has good sales. Merchandise includes:
clothing, handbags, shoes, china, flatware, and house wares.
Location: Sharq Mall.
Hours: 10a.m. to 10p.m.
℡: 240-1500

LANDMARK: Kuwait’s version of a Target. Men, women’s and children’s clothing are featured as well as shoes, house wares, furniture etc. at reasonable prices. They have large sales fairly often.
Locations: There are several showrooms: Salmiya just down the street from Sultan Center.; Shuwaikh – the Al-Rai area.
Al-Ghazali Street between 4th and 5th Ring Roads. (Has furniture and lots of home accessories.) Hawalli on Beruit St. and
Fahaheel- a brand new store is being built across the street from the Al-Kouts Mall.
Hours: Sat-Thu 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 to 9:30 pm; Fri 4:00 to 9:30 pm.
℡: Shuwaikh: 473-4160, Hawalli: 264-6081/ 2/ 3, Fahaheel: 391-2485.

MARKS AND SPENCER: A well-known British department store with quality products. Adult and children’s clothing, shoes, household products, linen, duvet and duvet covers, and a “Toys ’R Us” Express store.
Location: Salmiya on Salem Al-Mubarak Street next to the Marina Mall.
Hours: 10:00am – 10:30 pm
℡: 571-3304

SANA: Kuwait’s version of T.J. Maxx - factory outlet products in one building. Good selection of clothing for men, women and children that is always changing. Has brand names and reasonable prices – especially during the sales. The Salmiya store has one whole floor of children’s clothes. Look for great sales.
Location: In Salmiya, next to the Gulf Royal Restaurant on Salem Al-Mubarak St. In Shuwaikh it’s next to the Wholesale
Center food store on Fourth Ring and 60. There are also stores in Fahaheel and Hawalli.
Hours: 9:30 am to 10:30 pm
℡: Salmiya 575-3556, Fahaheel 391-7620, Shuwaikh 481-8143, Hawalli 266-6488.

SEARS: Good selection of toys, exercise equipment, garden tools, household items and clothing with American sizes. Has Land’s End brand. Does not accept Sears charge card.
Location: Farwaniya, off of the 6th Ring Road, beside the Traffic Department – among all the furniture stores.
Hours: 9:00 am to 10:00 pm.
℡: 434-1791


ALGHANIM ELECTRONICS: Located all over the city, Alghanim has just about everything you’d plug in - from kitchen appliances to computers to stoves to stereos. It’s good place to get a cell phone. Has good sales throughout the year and discounts are almost always given.
Locations: Showrooms in Salmiya, Hawalli, AlRai, Fahaheel, and several other areas. New Flagship store in Al-Rai off Fourth Ring has everything. Website has maps to the various locations:
Hours: mornings and evenings.

CELL PHONE SOUK: There are small cell phone shops all over town, but for sheer numbers, the row of shops in Sharq on Shuhada Street across from the new Marriott Courtyard hotel beats all other areas.

COMPUTER SOUK: Located in Hawally on Bin Khaldoun Street. You will see many small computer stores located in this area. It’s a great place for parts if you’re a computer hobbyist. Software is probably pirated, so buyer beware.

EUREKA: Lots of choices – 3 floors of electronics, appliances, and many other electrical items. Like Best Buy in the states.
Gives 20% discount on many items.
Location: Salmiya, near Landmark.


Optical shops are almost as prevalent as coffee shops in Kuwait. Most offer a free optical exam with purchase of eyewear.
The latest designer frames are available, and prices are somewhat comparable to the states. Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount. They expect you to.
Here are a few shops, but there are plenty more to choose from:

INTERNATIONAL OPTIQUE: The main store has more frames than anywhere else. It’s fun just to try them on! Also has hearing aids.
Location: Central Plaza, between the two Arabic hotels in Salmiya. Also has many other smaller shops in other locations.
℡: 571-4007 Closed in the afternoons.

KEFAN OPTICS: Offers a 25% Embassy discount in all their stores except Sunglass Hut. Has locations all over town.

LIQAA OPTICAL COMPANY: Offers a 25% to 30% Embassy discount.
Location: At Salmiya Co-op.
℡: 573-2434.

MATIN OPTICS: Has a discount card in the CLO Discount book for 30% off.
Location: Salmiya in the Tala Center on Salem Al-Mubarak St. Ground Floor.


ARIFJAN PX: Has an ever-changing selection of things. Doha PX closes in summer of 2005 so Arifjan is your AAFES
option. Arifjan has 3 exchanges to choose from. Mostly snack foods are carried, but it’s cheaper than Sultan Centre. Good source of American off the counter medicines. It’s the only place to buy pork and vanilla extract.

CITY CENTRE: Sells everything under one roof: Garments, jewelry, flowers, electronics, toys, computer accessories and household items. It even has a restaurant and bakery and a supermarket. The souk surrounding the 5th ring store is really nice.
Location: On the corner of Airport Road (55) and Pepsi Cola Street (80) near the Mercedes Showroom. Also has a large new (2003) store at the Salmiya Souk just off Fifth Ring. This is the closest non Co-op to the Embassy.

COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES (JAMAIYAS): There is a large co-op in every area and small satellite shops (bakalas) within the neighborhood. The co-op is a large grocery complex with little outlets of shops – hardware, pharmacy, flower, dry cleaning and fast food restaurants. Besides groceries you can get all of your household and kitchen needs. The co-op is locally known as “Jamaiya”. You’ll be surprised at the American products sold at these stores. It may not be your favorite brand but it’s American! Size of Co-Op depends on the location. The newer ones are usually the largest and cleanest.

FISH MARKET: Fish prices are lower here than at your neighborhood supermarkets. They’ll also clean and fillet the fish for you. Shrimp season runs from September to December. Kuwait has several locations – Gulf Road next door to Sharq Market; Shuwaikh – off of 3rd Ring Road towards the middle of Canada Dry Street; and Fahaheel – brand new location
adjoining the Al-Kouts Mall.

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MARKETS: Also called “Chappras”, they are the most economical way to buy fruit and vegetables. Produce is sold by the kilo. They are found throughout Kuwait, the main/big ones are located in Shuwaikh just off Jahra Road, the fish markets on Gulf Road in Fahaheel and next to the Sharq market downtown, and the Old Souk area downtown.

SULTAN CENTER: Not only a supermarket – they have housewares (kitchen, linens etc), hardware, stationary, toys, sporting goods, you name it! It’s the place to go when you want Western products. When you see it, buy at least two.
Locations: Salmiya and Sharq Mall are the main stores and there are other satellite stores throughout Kuwait. The card offered by the store is not required for discounts, but your purchases add up to points which enable you to have more chances in the seasonal draws for electronics, cars and even diamonds!
Hours: 7 a.m – 1 a.m, some open 24 hours.
℡: Salwa: 561-7964, Salmiya: 434-3155

THE WHOLESALE CENTER: Discount outlet of Sultan Center. It has much the same things, but a few less Western items in more of a warehouse atmosphere with cheaper prices. No membership required, but you can use your Sultan Center Card to add more points.
Location: Shuwaikh, off Fourth Ring near the car dealers. This one has a McDonalds and play area for the kids. Newest location is in Farwaniya in the back of area where you find Sears.
Hours: 7a.m –1 a.m.
℡: 433-0111


A TO Z HOME STORES: Household goods, toys, candles, potpourri. Also has a variety of frames.
Location: In Shuwaikh East off the intersection of 3rd Ring and Airport Road (55), Street 26, off Bank Street. Look for the IKEA sign. From IKEA, take the next right turn; the store is on your left across from True Value.
Hours: 8a.m. 10p.m.
℡: 484-7129, 481-4477, and 484-7180.

ACE HARDWARE: Just like the ACE back home for all of your hardware needs. A good selection of towels and bedding is available here as well. Also has a great selection of pet supplies.
Location: Shuwaikh – take the 5th Ring towards Jahra, turn right on Muhammed Ben Al Qassin St.(601), turn right on Street 9, just before you get to 4th Ring, ACE is on your left so you’ll have to U-turn.
Hours: 9a.m. –10p.m.
℡: 476-9100

FARWANIYA ON AIRPORT SIDE OF 6TH RING: Check out the stores in this area especially for furniture and Belgian, Syrian, Egyptian and Turkish machine-made rugs. Walk through the Galleria and the shops behind Sears. You can spend the whole day there. There’s a café at the Wholesale Centre store.
Location: 6th Ring Road to Exit 55 towards the airport. Turn right at the traffic light, then the second right. Turn left at the mosque; Galleria is at the end of this street. Just drive around and explore all the shops.

IKEA: Brand new IKEA super center opened in late 2006. Just like the ones back in the States! Swedish furniture, house wares, home decor and toys. There is also a nice cafeteria/café on one of the floors. You can easily spend an afternoon wandering around “window-shopping” ..this place is huge!
Location: Located in the Avenues Mall, Al Rai, facing the 5th Ring Motorway.
Hours: Open daily from 10 :00 am to 10:00 pm.
℡: 840-408

THE ONE: This store is like an upscale IKEA with a great selection of modern furniture, sheets, towels, and nice decorating items. It’s a great place to go if you need a gift for someone.
Location: Marina Mall

TRUE VALUE: Everything for the home and garden, hardware, toys, craft and school supplies and lots more.
Location: Shuwaikh, around the corner from IKEA.
Hours: 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
℡: 483-3168


These are the truly fun stores for the bargain hunter. Like dollar stores in the states, but everything is about 35 cents!
Unique and unusual items from China are available. Great source for children’s party bags, gift bags, hair ties, unique (and cheap) jewelry, gift wrap, household goods. For even more of a bargain, try a 50-fils store.
Location: All over Kuwait in main souk shopping areas. Look for the tiny stores crammed full of stuff. Many have 100 (in Arabic numbers) posted outside the store. Many times the shopkeeper will be saying, ” mia, mia, all e mia” – 100, 100,
everything 100.

Good venues: Souk Moubarakea at end and sides of fruit and vegetable area; Friday Market; Old Salmiya; City Centre Souk on Fifth Ring.


GOLD SOUKS: There are several gold shopping areas in Kuwait. The main gold souk in downtown Kuwait is spread throughout several buildings and well worth exploring. The gold souk in Salmiya is small and can be more expensive, but has some unique designs. Gold is sold by the weight. Bargain heavily with the gold sellers and it helps to bring a Kuwaiti with you if you are making a large purchase.
Locations: To get to the main gold souk in downtown, take Gulf Road to the Grand Mosque, turn onto Mubarak Al-Kabeer Street and then take a right at the first major intersection. Park across the street from the renovated old souk and walk down that street to the gold souk. Parking is available closer to the gold souk but it is much more congested. In Salmiya, the gold souk is on Salem Al-Mubarak Street across the street from the Marina Mall. In Hawalli, gold shops are on Tunis Street and Bin Khaldoun Street. Fahaheel has a gold section and there is a nice souk for Indian-style gold behind the Sheraton Hotel (Souk Al-Watea).
Some shops used by many Embassy people include:

AL-ARABIA JEWELLERY: Has gold Dhow pendants. Armen A. Sarkissian is the proprietor.
Location: Salmiya Gold Souk opposite the Marina Mall.
℡: 575-7959

DANYAL JEWELLERY: 18 carat Italian gold a speciality. Ask for Abbas.
Location: In Central Gold Market in Moubarakea - Ground Floor, Shop 85
℡: 242-3558

MANO SILVER: The place to go for something in silver.
Location: In Gold Souk across parking lot from My Fair Lady.

MY FAIR LADY : Features lots of 18 Karat gold pieces, most from Italy. Will make cartouches and other custom items.
Location: in Souk Moubarakea near the Central Gold Market.
℡: 240-1903


MOGAHWI: Stationary & office equipment: Offers a wide variety of supplies for school, home & offices. Also includes some art supplies. Everything you need is under one roof.
Locations and ℡: Sharq- 243-3405; Fahed Salem- 243-3713; Shuwaikh- 483-1836; Salmiya- 571-8041; Farwaniya- 473-4961

OFFICE 1 SUPERSTORE: No competition to Staples or Office Depot in the U.S., but you can find a lot of stuff in one store here. Main showroom is in Shuwaikh in back of Al-Ghanim automotive parts store; smaller showrooms downtown, and in Fahaheel.
Hours: 9a.m.-8p.m.
℡: 802-227 ext 115 (Shuwaikh showroom)

Many Co-Ops have stationery stores that have a surprisingly large selection of things. Go here when your child tells you he needs poster board late in the evening. There is also a large grouping of stationery stores downtown near the large fabric souk.


THE DOWNTOWN SOUK (SOUK MUBARAKEA): This is an awesome place with a large array of carpets, prayer beads, curiosities, house wares, tin ware, vegetables, meat fish, dates and spices. Although the large air-conditioned building with the food stalls is technically SOUK MUBARAKEA, the downtown souk area also includes the GOLD SOUK the HERITAGE
SOUK, and many other interesting areas. Take time to explore it. The WOMEN’S SOUK (SOUK HAREEM) is an interesting area to visit. The vendors are Arab women dressed in abayas with veils covering their faces but their eyes don’t miss anything. Traditional garments, henna, herbal shampoo, massage balms and fabric can be bargained for here. You can find traditional dress for children and men.
Location: Downtown in the Qibla area. Route 40 ends at the Heritage Souk. Parking can be difficult so avoid the busy times of day. There is also underground parking below the vegetable market; the entrance is on the same street as the Burgan Bank. Paid parking is very inexpensive; 150 fils or so for two hours. You’ll just have to make several visits to this
souk to figure out the best parking area for you. Maps available in the CLO. Stores generally closed on Friday mornings and during the afternoon every day.

FAHAHEEL SOUK: The Fahaheel souk is worth the visit. They have some very nice Kashmiri shops and the prices can be cheaper than in downtown Kuwait. It’s a good place for souvenir-type items. There’s also a good selection of gold. With the
opening of the new Al-Kouts Mall in Fahaheel, real parking and clean bathrooms are now available.
Location: Go south on Route 30 until you see the exits for Fahaheel. Go towards the sea and you can’t miss it. Parking is available around the Al-Kouts Mall on Gulf Road and in the dirt lot next to Al-Ghanim Electronics. The souk area is located around the dirt parking lot and just goes on and on. Kashmir Imports is a good place for souvenirs.

FRIDAY MARKET: The Friday Market is an outdoor adventure. It has several sections, including the old stuff (some antiques), the new stuff, furniture and rugs and animals. Always bargain. Wear a hat and sunscreen in hot times of the year. Bring water or buy ice-cold bottles from vendors there. They’re building new covered areas, so it should be more
bearable in the summer.
Location:Off the 4th Ring Road near the junction with Airport Road (55), behind the plant souk.
Hours: Thursday and Friday mornings and Friday afternoons. See CLO for a map.

HOLIDAY FAIRS: Throughout the year (fall, Christmas, spring) local schools and organizations hold fairs offering crafts, gifts, games, food, books and what have you. One big one to watch for is the American Women’s League Holiday Bazaar, usually held in early December – almost 100 vendors! Camp Arifjan also holds bazaars throughout the year with numerous
vendors selling anything from leather camels, carpets, and treasure chests to jewelry. Watch the Tower Times and the local papers for announcements.

IRANIAN SOUK: Pottery, carpets, dishes, wall hangings, blankets, gardening pots, plants etc. It’s the best place to buy houseplants and has the lowest prices on some items. Not everyone speaks English, but most will bargain.
Location: Right across the street from the Friday Market off of the 4th Ring Road, behind the car dealers. Main market is the first building, but many other shops go up the street.

KUWAIT INTERNATIONAL FAIR GROUNDS (MISHREF): The Fairgrounds is a center hosting exhibits of products from around the world and especially the Middle East. It’s a good place to get carpets, perfume, Syrian tablecloths, Egyptian textiles, Kashmiri rugs etc. Prices are generally cheaper, especially if you bargain hard. Try to go on the first and last days
of the exhibition. New exhibitions open every month except during the summer. Check the Tower Times and local papers for dates and themes.
Location: Mishref, off of the 6th Ring Road on 302. Very close to the Embassy, just look for the Ferris wheel and McDonald’s arches.
Hours: 9:00am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 9:00 pm.
℡: 538-7100, 538-6907

OLD SALMIYA: While most expatriates are familiar with the newer or fancier part of Salmiya (with the Sultan Center and Fanar Mall), few are aware that Old Salmiya, a little further north, has a large number of curio shops, house wares, and nice clothing stores with good prices. That’s why it is popular with Kuwaitis and Arab expatriates. Don’t miss all the 50 and 100
fils shops with lots of cheap, fun stuff.
Location: From Gulf Road, turn onto Hamad Al-Mubarak Street. Go through the first light and at the second light, you will be in the heart of Old Salmiya. Your clue is that you’re at a cul de sac or dead end. To the right are rows of shops selling clothing, jewelry, house wares, toys and other items. To the left is the Salmiya Souk, with gold shops and Turkish shawls.
Parts of Old Salmiya are just across the street from the new Marina Mall. Go out the door where The ONE is and go across the street. Along this side of the street are several souks featuring clothing, gold, shoes, and various other things. Don’t miss The Fashion Mill and the Grand Store department stores for the cheapest prices on clothing and house wares in Kuwait. The souk with the Grand Store also has several antique stores.

SHOPPING MALLS: There are a number of shopping malls offering long hours of air-conditioned strolling during those hot summer months. Many also have Cinemas. Here are a few: Laila Gallery (across from the Sultan Center in Salmiya), Zahra Complex (next to the Sultan Center in Salmiya), Al-Fanar (across the street from the Sultan Center), The Al-Muthana
Complex (Kuwait City across from J.W.Marriott), the Sharq Mall on Gulf St., Marina Mall in Salmiya on Gulf Street, and the newest one, Al-Kouts in Fahaheel. The newest and largest mall is the Avenues Mall (opened early in 2007). The Avenues Mall is located off of 5th Ring Rd. and Mohammed Bin Al-Qassim St. There’s even a mall in the airport (open 24 hours)!

SHUWAIKH: Shuwaikh has an excellent vegetable market where you can get cartons of fruits and vegetables at much lower prices than the Sultan Center or the co-ops. The fruit and vegetables are clean and fresh. Shuwaikh also has several stores where you can buy housewares and electronics at discount prices, similar to a Price Club or Shoppers Food
Warehouse. If you’re buying in bulk, the trip is well worth it. Shuwaikh is an interesting area to drive around in if you have the patience (traffic is a nightmare especially on Canada Dry St.). There are all sorts of motor vehicle shops, wrought iron shops, furniture showrooms, and appliance repair shops. A newer part of Shuwaikh is the FREE TRADE ZONE near the water. Here the main store to visit is VILLA MODA. It’ is the place to go for designer clothing. The complex offers clothing from famous designers at amazing prices. For less heartstopping
moments, you can visit the two discount rooms. One is on the top floor and the other is a building at the side of the parking lot.


Athletic clothing, shoes and equipment are available in many locations around the city. Shoe brands may not be familiar to you. There is a collection of sporting goods stores in Salmiya near the intersection of Hamad Al-Mubarak and Salem Al-Mubarak streets.

ATHLETE’S FOOT SHOES: Just like the stores at home.
Location: Sharq Mall, Mishref Co-Op and other locations.

NASSER SPORTING GOODS: Located in Al-Rai in the same area as the Ace Hardware, this is a large showroom with equipment from treadmills to table-tennis tables. There is also a good selection of clothing and shoes. Smaller stores are located throughout the city.
Location: Al-Rai
Hours: Mornings and Evenings
℡: 266-5411

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

This is too funny.

This following extract is taken from an American who moved to Dubai earlier last year...

April 30th:
Just got transferred to work and live in beautiful Dubai, UAE! WOW!!! Now this is a city that knows how to live!!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. It's like New York City minus all the crocks, murderers, and drunks. What a place! I watched the sunset from a deck chair on my beautiful bedroom verandah. It was beautiful. I've finally found my home. I love it here.

May 13th:
Really heating up. Got to 95 degrees today. Not a problem. Live in an air- conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car, and everything is fully air-conditioned. What a pleasure to see the sun everyday like this. I'm turning into a sun worshiper.

May 30th:
Had the backyard landscaped with tropical plants today around our lovely pool. Lots of palms and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing lawn for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here. Heat is no problem at all.

June 10th:
The temperature hasn't been below 95 all week even during the night. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least today it's kind of windy though. But getting used to the heat is taking longer than I expected.

July 15th:
Fell asleep by the pool. Got 3rd degree burns over 90% of my body. Missed 5 days of work. What a dumb thing to do in this lovely city. I learned my lesson though. Got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.

July 20th:
Kitty (our cat) sneaked into the car when I left for the office. By the time I got to the hot car for my lunch break, Kitty had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stank up the $60,000 Audi. I told the kids that she ran away. The car now smells like Wiskettes and cat shit. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat.

July 25th:
The wind sucks. It feels like a giant hair dryer in here!!! And it's hot as hell. The home air-conditioner died. The damn AC repairman charged 500 Dirhams just to drive over and tell me it was broken in damn Hindu English or some language that I couldn't understand.

July 30th:
Air conditioner still broken. Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now because it is 7000 damn degrees inside. Bloody 2,000,000 Dirhams house and we can't even go inside. Why did I ever come here?
Damn the sun. Damn the wind. Damn the freakin' ocean. And damn locals walk around dressed in white tablecloths followed by little black female ninjas. Damn crazy town.

August 4th:
It's 114 damn degrees today. Finally got the ol' air-conditioner fixed. It cost 2,000 Dirhams and got the temperature down to 25, but the damn humidity makes the house feel 30 damn Dubai degrees. Stupid terrorist repairman. I hate this stupid damn place.

August 8th:
If another local wiseass cracks, 'Hot enough for you today?' I'm going to whack him all the way back to his goddamn desert. Damn Dubai; by the time I get to work with all that damn traffic and heat, the car's radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like a baked cat!!!

August 9th:
Tried to run some errands today because it is Friday. Wore shorts and sat on the black leather seats in my Audi. The seat was so damn hot I thought my ass was on fire. I lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and my damn ass. Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried ass, and a baked cat.

August 10th:
The weather report might as well be a damn recording. Hot, humid and sunny. Hot, humid and damn sunny. Hot, humid and damn sunny. It's been too hot to do anything for 2 damn months and the weatherman dude wearing the damn white tablecloth on TV says it might really warm up next week. Does it ever rain in this damn place? What is next, a hell freezing over wave?

August 14th:
WELCOME TO HELL!!! Temperature got to 120 today. Now the air-conditioner's gone in my Audi. The damn Audi serviceman said, 'Hot enough for you today?' Damn him and damn the Audi. My wife had to spend the 7,000 Dirham to bail my a** out of jail for assaulting that stupid Paki bast***. Damn Dubai! What kind of a sick demented idiot would want to live in this shit hole?

August 15th: (Independence Day ?)
Damn this place. I'm off back to New York

Asian American Net


I just found this site that covers Kuwait: Asian American Net:

State of Kuwait

Kuwait Embassy Address:
2940 Tilden Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Phone: 202-966-0702

Kuwait Information Office, Washington, D.C.
Permanent Mission of Kuwait to the U.N.
American Embassy, Kuwait

Kuwait News Sources:

Government Ministries & Agencies:

Business, Financial Information : Kuwait

Other Web Sites on Kuwait:

Dining out in Kuwait

OK, I know I posted about restuarants and shops previously but here is an updated list from the American Embassy:

Dining out in Kuwait

Tipping: Not all restaurants require a tip. Look at the bill when it arrives, if it includes a 10% service charge, you do not need to include a tip. (If the service was great and you want to add 5%, go ahead.) Generally, 10% is considered a decent tip.


APPLEBEE’S: Your friendly neighborhood family restaurant on the Gulf. Serving a varied menu from Baja Potato Boats forstarters to Oreo Cookie Bash for the finish. You can have fajitas, burgers and grilled sirloin in between. Also serves breakfast.
Location: Gulf Street right next door to Fuddruckers.
Hours: Weekdays 8:00 am – 11:00 pm Weekends 8:00 am – 1:00 am
℡: 240-7536

BUFFALO’S: Specialties are Tex-mex and steaks. Has a stuffed Buffalo in the lobby. Happy Hour on Monday nights, half priced wings.
Location: Salmiya on Salem al-Mubarak street about 1 block from the Gulf Street intersection.
Hours: Weekdays 12:00 pm –12:00 mn Weekends 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
℡: 572-8989

CHILI’S: A chain restaurant serving Tex-Mex. Located close enough to take a stroll to the Kuwait Towers after you eat.
Credit Cards accepted.
Location: Gulf Street, seafront next to the Kuwait Towers.
Hours: Weekdays 11:00 am – 12:00 mn Weekends 11:00 am -- 1:00 am
℡: 245-3300, 245-2200

CREPAWAY: Not really American, a Lebanese chain, but offers much the same items as the chain restaurants with the addition of different types of crepes and a large selection of salads and sandwiches. Modern, hip surroundings with huge screens showing Arabic music videos.
Location: Gulf Road South of Showbiz. On land side near large Burger King
Hours: noon to 12:30 a.m.
℡: 572-3083

FUDDRUCKERS: Lots of burgers, chili, milkshakes, salads, and bakery. A great place for breakfast specializing in scrambled egg platters. Has lower prices than other similar restaurants on Gulf Road. There is also a play area for children.
Location: On Gulf Street across from the Safir Hotel.
Hours: Weekdays 7:30 am -- midnight Weekends 7:30 am -- 1:00 am
℡: 82-1000, 246-0110

GAUCHO GRILL: Great Argentinean steaks.
Location: Palms Hotel on Gulf Road next to eh Radisson SAS.
Hours: 12:00 noon to midnight daily
℡: 566-7370

HARD ROCK CAFÉ: The real thing is now here complete with music, videos, rock memorabilia on the walls and the somewhat familiar menu. Worth going to just for the authentic shirts in the gift shop.
Location: On the water side of Gulf Road opposite the Salmiya Sultan Center. You can’t miss the giant glass pyramid.
Hours: noon to midnight daily
℡: 982-3354

JOHNNY ROCKETS: Authentic 50’s diner right here in Kuwait. Burgers, fries and great malted shakes. Serves great breakfast, esp. French toast.
Location: Salmiya, on Salem Al-Mubarak Street, across from the Zahra Complex. Also a new location in the Marina Crescent.
Hours: 7:00 am – 12:00 am
℡: Salmiya 575-4040, Marina Crescent 575-0404

RIB EYE STEAKHOUSE: This steakhouse has a Western theme and offers steaks, burgers, salads and desserts.
Location: in Crowne Plaza hotel.
Hours: noon to midnight every day
℡: 474-2000 ext. 7100

RUBY TUESDAY’S: The familiar American chain restaurant with the best salad bar in town.
Location: Gulf Road just under the Kuwait Towers.
Hours: Weekdays 11a.m. to midnight, weekends open until 1 a.m.
℡: 244-4454.

TERRACE GRILL: Well-liked steak house. Known for their All-American Black Angus beef, your choice of cut and deliciously cooked. If you are craving meat and potatoes, this is your place. Expensive, but well worth it. Reservations recommended.
Location: J.W. Marriott Hotel, Kuwait City.
Hours: Lunch 12:00 nn – 3 pm, Dinner 7:00 pm –11 pm
℡: 245-5550 ext.2288

T.G.I. FRIDAY’S: Soups, salads, grilled food. A nice place to unwind after work and pretend you are back in the States.
Location: On the Gulf Street across from the 3rd Ring Road.
Hours: 11:00 am – midnight, but till 1:00am on Thursdays.
℡: 254-4300


AL BERDAWNY: It’s a new Lebanese restaurant with several decorative dining rooms set around an attractive garden. Specializes in classic and contemporary Lebanese and Mediterranean delicacies.
Location: Salmiya, across the street from the Yacht Club. From the Gulf Road make a right on Amman Street then another right on 3rd street.
Hours: noon to midnight
℡: 566-1117, 566-1118

AL BOOM: Eat on a dhow (traditional local boat.) Great imported steaks. Features a buffet of typical Arabic food consistently good in a unique setting, although it is pricey. It’s a nice place to impress out-of-town visitors. Credit cards are accepted. Reservations are recommended for weekend nights.
Location: Radisson SAS Hotel on Gulf Street.
Hours: 7:30 pm – 12:00mn
℡: 575-6000

AL-NOUBALA PALACE RESTAURANT: Lebanese food in Hawalli. Also does catering. Offers a 25% discount with Embassy badge.
Location: Hawalli, Musa ben Nuseir Street (between Tunis street and route 40, and Beruit street and Ring 4).
Hours: Lunch 12-3, dinner 7pm onwards.
℡: 265-5550, 265-55574

BURJ – AL HAMAM: A waterfront Lebanese restaurant with great views of the Gulf and the Green Island. Shisha (water pipe) is available. Large assortment of mezzah. Credit cards accepted. Recommend reservations.
Location: On ocean side of Gulf Street, right past The Green Island.
Hours: 12:30 nn-3:30 pm, 7:00 pm -11:00 pm.
℡: 252-9095

MAIS ALGHANIM: A popular Lebanese restaurant. The upstairs floor is for shisha smoking (water pipe) outside and in and has a great view of the Gulf and the Kuwait Towers. Ample seating is available in the restaurant’s two floors and it has a kid’s play area. Known for their assorted grilled meat items, plentiful salads, and hot bread fresh from the ovens that just
keeps coming to your table. Good catering. Credit cards accepted. Recommend reservations for large groups and on weekends.
Location: Across from the Kuwait Towers on Gulf Street, on the same side as British & Saudi Embassies.
Hours: 12:00 nn-3:30 pm, 7:00 pm -11:00 pm. Closed Saturdays.
℡: 246-0455/ 6/ 7

PALM PALACE: Excellent hot and cold mezzah. Includes very good food in a garden or inside setting. You can watch bread being baked in the dome oven (in the evening only – lunch has regular pita bread), as well as enjoy the coffee tent and hubbly bubbly (shisha). Catering and home delivery are available.
Location: Hamad Al Mubarak Street in Salmiya, just off the Gulf Street, near the Marina Mall.
Hours: 12:30 pm – 12:00 mn
℡: 573-3030, 575-6331, and 571-5283.

SARAI: A new Lebanese restaurant. The décor is excellent and the waiters dress in traditional attire. A good mix of many Arabic tastes. Credit cards accepted. Recommend reservations for large groups and on weekends.
Location: Al Beda complex on Ta’woon St., between Shiik Flamingo and Regency Hotel.
Hours: 12:00 nn - 11:30 pm.
℡: 225-3180

SHATEA AL WATYIA: A traditional Kuwaiti restaurant offering excellent authentic Kuwaiti and Lebanese fare at a reasonable price and very generous portions. The décor is Old Kuwaiti and one of the best in town. Their mezzah (Lebanese appetizers) and Iranian bread are excellent. Afterwards you can cross the street to the Arabic tent and have
hubbly bubbly (sheeshah), tea and coffee. The bill is in Arabic!
Location: Bebehani Complex, behind the Sheraton, Kuwait City.
Hours: 10:30 am to 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 12:00 mn
℡: 242-2077/ 88


Many small fancy bakeries are available in local Co-Ops. You’ll never have to bake!

LA BAGUETTE: Doughnuts, pastries, candy shop, appetizers.
Locations: Salmiya, Hawally, Jabriya, Fahaheel
Hours: 7:00 am. -11:00 pm
℡: (Salmiya) 572-2444, (Hawally) 261-0928, (Jabriya) 5347649, (Fahaheel) 392-2580

MR. BAKER: Delicious pastries, bread, chocolate candy & appetizers. Great service.
Locations: Salmiya off Gulf Street, Jabriya on 4th Ring Road, Al Qurain. New location off route 45 in South Surra.
Hours: 6:00 am – 12:00 mn
℡: 573-2250 (Salmiya), 533-9998 (Jabriya), 543-2250 (Al Qurain)

EDOM CAFE: The small bakery in the hotel lobby café has excellent breads, cakes, candies and seasonal sweets. It’s a great place to get a hostess gift. Also has holiday specialities. They will take special orders.
Location: Radisson SAS

SABLE: Pastries, doughnuts and fabulous cakes almost too pretty to eat. Next day delivery available.
Location: Salmiya, on Hamad Al-Moubarak Street and Hawalli.
Hours: Sat-Tues: 8 am- 11 pm, Wed-Fri: 8 am- 12 mn
℡: 571-0181/ 25


AL BUSTAN: Has buffet for breakfast (no ala carte). Buffet and Ala Carte for both lunch and dinner Credit cards accepted.
20% discount for lunch and dinner with Embassy ID.
Location: Radisson SAS Hotel
Hours: 6:00 am – 10:30 am, 12:00 nn – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:30 am
(buffet closes at 11:00 pm)
℡: 575-6000

JEAN’S GRILL: A nice place to have lunch or take a break from shopping at the Sultan Center. Serves an international buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a la carte.
Location: Can be found inside each Sultan Center Supermarket area. One large buffet restaurant on Gulf Street is attached to Chi-Chi’s.
Hours: 6:30 am – 12:30 am
℡: Salmiya 571-9620 Sharq Mall 240-9846

KUWAIT TOWERS RESTAURANT: “Kuwaiti hospitality from above the clouds” – so says the ad for this nice restaurant with a spectacular view of the Gulf 82 meters high. It serves international buffet. This restaurant is very popular so make
reservations early, at least 48 hours ahead and confirm again 24 hours prior.
Location: Kuwait Towers on Gulf Street.
Hours: 12:30pm – 3:30pm, 7:30pm - 11:30pm
℡: 244-4021, 244-4038

SEABREEZE: This 19th floor restaurant at the Safir International Hotel is one of the best in town. Boasts of the most gorgeous view of the city and gulf waters! Credit cards accepted. Open Buffet daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Location: Safir International Hotel, Gulf Street.
Hours: 6:30 am - 11:00 am, 12:30 pm- 4:00 pm (Friday Brunch starts at 11:00),
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
℡: 253-3000


CAESARS: Good Chinese food at medium prices. The Kuwait City one has a private room for 12 persons, which can be reserved ahead of time. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Most popular locations are the ones on Hamad Al-Mubarak St. in Salmiya and on Abu Bakr, Al Siddiq St. behind the Sheraton Hotel downtown. There is a new location in Hawalli off Tunis Street next to the Jarir bookstore.
Hours: 12:15 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:45 pm – 11:30 pm.
℡: Salmiya 573-3044, Kuwait City 243-1100

GREENS CHINESE RESTAURANT: Good food, classical and contemporary décor in relaxing surroundings. Moderate to high priced. Reservations recommended.
Location: in Wafra Complex off Gulf Road near intersection with 2nd ring. On land side of Gulf Road opposite T.G.I. Fridays.
Hours: Noon – 11:00pm
℡: 251-9520

GULF ROYAL: Gulf Royal is cheap to moderately priced, has a nice setting and private rooms. Large selection from buffet and ala Carte. Found in the malls too. Credit cards are ok.
They will deliver.
Locations: Salmiya branch is behind the immigration post office near the new City Center. There is also one in the City Center souk. The Hawalli Branch is supposedly the best and is located on the corner of Ibn Khaldoon St. and Cairo St.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 12:00 mn
℡: Salmiya 571-0448/ 9; Hawalli 262-2770, 262-2556

LITTLE DRAGON: Three locations. Most folks use take out or delivery. Preferred by many of our TDY folks. Salmiya Restaurant Street location includes tables for dining in.
Hours: Noon to midnight.
℡: Jabriya 532-3583, 531-8388; Salmiya next to Al-Fanar 573-3923; Salmiya Restaurants Street includes dining in open
until 2am 575-7121.

NOODLES: Very good restaurant serving traditional Chinese dishes. Many choices on weekend buffets in both branches.
Take- out and home delivery available. Food is tasty and consistent.
Locations: in Salmiya - on first floor of SANA complex on Hamad Al-Mubarak Street. Look for the big NOODLES sign on the top of the building. Nice atmosphere with a view. (3) New one in Yarmouk in the new co-op, but it’s just for take-out.
Also, now in the new Avenues shopping mall.
Hours: weekdays 11:00 am – 12:00 mn, weekends 11:00 am – 1:00 am
℡: in Salmiya complex 574-9933. Yarmouk 535-3355

THE PEACOCK: Best fine-dining Chinese restaurant in town, but also the most expensive. It is a busy restaurant, so make reservations ahead of time. The setting is pleasant. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Radisson SAS Hotel.
Hours: 12:00nn – 3:30pm, 7:30pm – 11:30pm
℡: 575-600


The same taste as in the U.S. and they deliver all over town. You can find them in most Co-Op areas. Main numbers below for deliveries anywhere.
Call them once and you’re in their computers always!

BURGER KING: ℡ 244-4466
DOMINO’S: ℡ 800-800
HARDEE’S: ℡ 888-333
KFC: ℡ 888-666
McDONALD’S: ℡ 822-000
NAIF CHICKEN: ℡ 808-777
PIZZA HUT: ℡ 246-5050
SHRIMPY: ℡ 802-662
Papa John’s: ℡ 827-272


DALLOYAU: Very charming French café atmosphere. Delicious choices of almonds, chocolates, and pastries. Big on catering.
Location: Mezzanine Level of Al Fanar Shopping Complex on Salem Al-Mubarak St., Salmiya (Across from the Sultan Center)
Hours: 9:00am – 11:00pm
℡: 571-5577, 571-2541

LE NOTRE: French gourmet full restaurant with excellent salad bar. Reservations recommended for groups. Can be expensive. The café downstairs serves European style meals including salads, light sandwiches, soups and pastries.
Another location is at the basement of the Al Fanar Mall on Salem Al-Mubarak St. in Salmiya.
Location: Gulf Street next to Fuddruckers and the Kuwait Towers; at basement of the Al Fanar Mall on Salem Al-Mubarak
St., Salmiya; and at the Marina Mall shopping level on Gulf Street.
Hours: Café: 9:00 am – 11:30 pm, Restaurant: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
℡: Gulf Street 80-5050; Al Fanar , 575-8888; Marina Mall 224-4855

LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN: Belgian bakery featuring all natural and organic breads, pastries, teas and juices. Has the best bread in Kuwait. Has a nice restaurant serving breakfast and light meals.
Location: in the Palms Resort Complex.
Hours: 7:30 am to 11pm.
℡: 563-3684.

PAUL: A lovely French bakery and restaurant. Offers soups, sandwiches, light dishes, pastries and delicious breads.
Location: In Marina Mall outside opposite the One. Also has a location inside the mall on the lower level of the food court.
Hours: From 7:30 a.m. New Location in the Al Kouts Mall in Fahaheel.
℡: 224-4599/88


ASHA’S CONTEMPORARY INDIAN CUISINE: A new idea for Kuwait. Famous Indian singer, Asha Bhosle now has a restaurant in Kuwait.
Location: Marina Crescent
Hours: 12:30 to 3 pm for lunch, 7 to 11pm for dinner.
℡: 224-4502/3/6

BUKHARA RESTAURANT: Elegant dining with a magnificent rooftop view. It features Indian cuisine and Tandoori specialties.
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Kuwait City.
Hours: 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm, 7:30 pm – 11:15 pm.
℡: 242-2055

DAWAT: Moderately priced, very good Indian and Chinese food. Accepts credit cards.
Location: Near the Safir Hotel in Bneid Al-Gar. Also has a new outlet in Mahboulla.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 3:30 pm, 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
℡: 241-1685, 241-1728

MUGHAL MAHAL: Very tasty at reasonable cost with an endless menu. Eight locations in Kuwait, some with Chinese and Continental Cuisine. Also does catering and take-out. Small fast-food location is in Marina Mall.
Locations: Sharq is the main office location. Another is located on the top floor of Marks & Spencer building in Salmiya.
Hours: 11:00am to 3:00pm and 6:00pm to 11:00pm.
℡: Sharq: 242-5131/2; Salmiya 1 572-2223/4, Salmiya 2 572-9292/3, Farwaniya 1 472-6126/7, Farwaniya 2 474-0003/4,
Fintas 390-0026/7, Fahaheel 391-5550/88, Marina Mall 224-4523, Jahra 456-5111/222/333,

TIPU SULTAN RESTAURANT: Run by the SAS people. For a panoramic view of the city, have lunch or dinner at this restaurant specializing in Arabic, Indian and international cuisine. They take credit cards.
Location: Oasis Hotel near the Gulf Bank, Kuwait City.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 3:30 pm
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
℡: 246-5489

GREEN LAND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT: Elaborate South Indian Cuisine (Thali-Mumbay) offered with a Chowpatty juice corner. Delicious and inexpensive.
Location: In Kuwait City’s Mubarakiya facing the money changers on Gharabally Street. It is part of the pink Heritage Souk
building. Opposite the tall, brown office building of Al Ahli Bank.
Hours: 9:00am – 11pm. No afternoon break.
℡: 242-4246/ 7


BABA TAHER: Persian cuisine featuring BBQ beef strips, lamb and chicken served with Persian rice and bread. Lovely ambiance – it’s a perfect place to take visiting family and friends. Moderate to expensive. No credit cards.
Location: Restaurant is located on Mezzanine Floor of the Al Tamdin Building on Al-Hilali Street, Sharq. Near the fire
station. Your landmark is the Marafie Sweet Shop on the ground floor.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 3:30 pm , 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm.
℡: 245-6241

SHAHRAYAR: Has wonderful Iranian food in town, but pricey. They have an excellent, but expensive, Friday Brunch buffet, which is the only day you can get Fessengen (chicken in walnut and pomegranate sauce). The buffet also includes
mini hamburgers and hot dogs – a hit with kids. The bread is excellent. Credit cards accepted here.
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Kuwait City
Hours: 12:30 nn – 3:00 pm, 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm.
℡: 242-2055

SHIRINBANU: Elegant ambiance with stained glass windows, ceramic tiled arches, water fountain and Persian carpets. There’s even a keyboard player singing Persian songs. Great food too! Moderate to expensive. Reservations are
recommended. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Lower lobby, Safir International Hotel.
Hours: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm, 7:30pm – 11:00 pm.
℡: 253-0000 ext.8154


CIRO’S POMODORO OF KNIGHTSBRIDGE: It’s a quaint place with Syrian décor but serving authentic Italian cuisine. The outside tables are very romantic in the moonlight. A live band plays at night. Has 22 kinds of pizza, each named after a movie star the flamboyant owner met.
Location: Kuwait City behind the Catholic Cathedral, in old Behbehani House No. 4 along a row of restaurants.
Hours: 12:00nn – 12:00mn.
℡: 242-4004

JOHNNY CARINO’S ITALIAN KITCHEN: It’s a wonderful Italian restaurant where anyone can enjoy a cheery atmosphere with people of all ages. Features moderate prices and big portions. May require reservations on weekends.
Location: On Gulf Street near McDonalds, facing Third Ring Road.
Hours: Weekdays 11:00 am – 12:00 mn Weekends 11:00 am – 1:00 am
℡: 266-3050

LORENZO’S: This is a small café with delicious sandwiches, pasta, deserts and coffee. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has a wonderful atmosphere with a real Italian cook. Credit cards accepted, except American Express.
Location: Next to the Sheraton Hotel on Al- Sour Street. More visible is the big sign of Furla Shop beside it.
Hours: Weekdays 8:00 am – 11:00 pm Weekends 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
℡: 240-0737, 240-0747

LA PIAZZA: Features Italian hospitality, quality food, entertainment, and party service.
Location: Behind Catholic Cathedral near Sheraton Hotel. In old Behbehani Compound, House No. 3.
Hours: 12:00nn – 12:00mn. The pizza oven gets an afternoon break from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
℡: 242-6639

PIZZA EXPRESS: Gourmet pizza from an open pizza oven. Great place for kids parties.
Location: Al Beda complex on Ta’woon St., between Shiik Flamingo and Regency Hotel.
Hours: 12:00 pm – 12 mn
℡: 225-3166

RICCARDO: Expensive hotel restaurant with good Italian food. Stylish ambience.
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Kuwait City.
Hours: 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm, 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
℡: 242-2055

SBARRO PIZZA: Pizza, lasagna, stuffed pizza, salads, ziti, grilled vegetables, etc. served buffet style or take out. Home delivery service possible.
Locations: Main restaurant is in Fashion Way Mall next to the Salmiya Sultan Center. Branches in Salwa, Rhumaithiya, and Shameiya neighborhoods.
Hours: 12:00 nn - 2:00 am
℡: 572-5350, 574-3180 Delivery: 572-5130


EDO: Authentic Japanese Cuisine in a modern, sleek interior. The restaurant menu has a wide selection of dishes. The take out menu is more limited. The food is excellent and light tasting. Credit Cards okay, just not American Express.
Location: Al Shaab Al Bahri, Block 8, St. 80, Villa #5. Take 30 toward the city then take the Shaab exit. Edo is on the right side of the street between Fayrouz (Lebanese restaurant) and Jacques Dessanges (Hair Salon).
Hours: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
℡: 265-9590

KEI: Excellent sushi in an attractive setting. You can watch your food being cooked in front of you Teppanyaki style. It has one private room that should be booked days in advance. Like most hotel restaurants, the price is a bit higher, but it is well worth it. Credit cards ok. There is a new restaurant in the Marina Crescent.
Location: JW Marriot Hotel, Kuwait City, Marina Crescent, Salmiya.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 2:45 pm, 7:30 pm – 10:45 pm
℡: 245-5550

MAKI : Quite good here. Pricey as any Japanese restaurant is, compared to other cuisines. Small but charming place. Has a flat screen TV to keep you occupied while they are preparing your orders.
Location: In Salmiya. Best way to find it is to turn into the road fronting Burger King on Gulf Street. Maki is behind the
building facing Burger King. Also behind the new Crepaway Restaurant.
Hours: 12:00nn – 3:30pm, 7pm – 11:30pm
℡: 573-3561

SAKURA: Best Japanese restaurant in town. Excellent catering facilities. Credit cards accepted. Make reservations through Belinda at 473-2100 ext. 7445.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, off 6th Ring Road and Route 55. Has a new takeaway/fast food type shop called Sakura Express in the Fanar Mall in Salmiya.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 12:00 mn
℡: Crowne Plaza: 474-2000, Sakura Express: 571-4242.


HAN KUK KWAN: Excellent Korean restaurant. Very friendly staff. Offers Chinese and Japanese choices, also. Offers 20% discount for all military.
Location: New Park Hotel, Baghdad Street in Hawalli. Right off of 30 onto Bagdad Street, on right hand side.
Hours: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
℡: New Park Hotel: 563-4200 ext. 315.


BURRITOS: Small take-out and delivery restaurant featuring inexpensive Mexican food. Offers tacos, enchiladas, burritos, salads, combinations and various drinks. Free delivery.
Location: Bneid al-Gar near intersection of 2nd Ring and 30.
℡: 252-5143, 255-2233

CHI CHI’S: Similar to the chain in the states. The restaurant has one private room that may be reserved in advance. Shares the space with Jean’s Grill. Credit cards are accepted.
Location: On Gulf Road near the Yacht Club.
Hours: 11:00 am – 11:30 pm
℡: 562-5811

ISABEL’S CAFETERIA: Not a restaurant, but a caterer. Offers homemade Mexican food by the plate or as large dishes for parties. Very tasty! Call one day ahead for plates and two days in advance for large dishes.
℡: 968-7568, 542-9038
Buffalo’s and Chili’s also offer Mexican and Tex/Mex food.


BEIT 7: Features generous portions of Pacific Rim and Mediterranean culinary delights. Menu changes every 6 months. Lovely, homey ambiance! Upstairs floor features a cigar lounge and private rooms. Reservations recommended for groups.
Location: In the Old Behbehani Compound, House # 7, in Kuwait City behind the Catholic Cathedral on Al-Sour St. (near
the Sheraton and Gulf Road)
Hours: 11:30 am – 4:00 pm , 7:00 pm – 12:00 mn
℡: 245-0871, 245-0724

BREDZ: Offers an excellent array of salads and hot sandwiches. Great fresh breads and pastries.
Location: Inside Sharq Mall, on the ground floor.
Hours: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
℡: 240-7707, 242-0505

FRESH: Light meals European style served in a nice quiet setting. Wonderful place to go for a quiet leisurely breakfast –great omelets and freshly baked bread and pastries. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great salads.
Location: Salmiya, in the Al-Khalid Complex, between Baghdad St. and Gulf Road.
Hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 mn; 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (coffee, tea, salads, & sandwiches)
℡: 562-5838, 563-9616

SQUARE: Enjoy a unique dining experience where the entire setting is composed of squares. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Al-Watiya. In old Behbehani House 5 behind the Catholic Cathedral.
Hours: Noon to midnight every day
℡: 243-7681


FISH MARKET: Choose your own fish from an iced display as you enter the restaurant and tell the chef how you want it cooked (grilled, fried, Thai style, steamed etc.). You pay by the weight of the fish. The sautéed vegetables and soups are delicious. Take-outs are popular. Ask for your 15% discount with Embassy ID.
Location: At the end of 4th Ring just inside Old Salmiya. Park in the lot on the right and you’ll see it.
Hours: Call for opening hours
℡: 575-5522, 571-9746

AL NOUKHAZA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: A splendid hot and cold seafood buffet with a wide array of salads, appetizers and main dishes, and beautiful aquariums all around. You can select your own fresh fish cooked to your taste.
Set price for the buffet includes everything. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, exit off 55 Airport Road.
Hours: 12:00 nn – 3:30 pm, 7:00pm– 11:30 pm
℡: 473-2100 ext. 7333/4.

RAY’S ONE RESTAURANT: This restaurant has a fish festival every Thursday and Friday serving a variety of fish cooked in a variety of ways – fried, steamed, grilled, smoked etc. During the week it serves an international cuisine. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Salmiya on Bejalat Street South of Showbiz and the Ras. It is beyond Pizza Hut and Danah’s Restaurant.
Hours: 8:00 am – 11:30 am, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm, and 7:00 pm– 12:30 am
℡: 575-4440/ 1

SS DANAH: The restaurant is upstairs with a gorgeous view of the sea. The decor is like that of a ship, the menu is ala carte or you select what you want cooked from either the live fish, lobster, shrimp, mussels, in the aquarium or the fresh fish on ice. Order from the menu or choose from the wide variety buffet. The lobster is highly recommended. You select the
fresh vegetables you want cooked as well. The scene is similar to a market, the fish are weighed and you are charged
accordingly. Offers 10% Embassy discount.
Location: Salmiya on Gulf Road upstairs from Zorba’s Greek Taverna.
Hours: Lunch- 12:30 pm- 3:30 pm, Dinner- 7:00 pm- 11:30 pm
℡: 571-5124

TOTALLY FISH: The restaurant has a wonderful fisherman’s wharf décor. The menu is a la carte, but you can also choose the seafood that you want from the display counter and have it cooked to order.
Location: Marina Mall, Crescent side.
Hours: Lunch- 12:30 - 11:30 pm
℡: 224-4960.


BAMBOO SHOOT: Worth trying - Royal Thai cuisine is its claim. Can’t beat the fantastic full view of the Gulf from the 19th floor in a Bangkok- decorated setting.
No buffets; a la carte orders only. Credit cards accepted.
Location: Safir International Hotel, Gulf Street.
Hours: Sat. to Tues.: Dinner Only 7:30pm –11:00pm, Wed to Friday: Lunch 12:30pm to 3:30pm, Dinner 7:30pm – 11:00pm
℡: 253-0000 ext. 8882

BLUE ELEPHANT: Definitely the most elegant Thai restaurant with matching imported furniture. Can be expensive but delicious. Has a romantic ambience because it faces the lighted swimming pool and the sea. Offers a 15% discount with Embassy Badge.
Location: At the Hilton Resort in Abu Halifa. Take Fahaheel 30 highway; straight all the way, then exit on 211 on the right side. Go under the overpass and drive straight ahead. Turn right on the 2nd roundabout. Continue ahead and you’ll soon see the Hilton signboard in a few minutes on your left. Make a U-turn where it allows you to get to the other side.
Hours: 12:00nn – 3:00pm, 6:00pm - 12:00mn
℡: 372-5500

THE GOLDEN GATE RESTAURANT: Nice little restaurant with quick and friendly service. Excellent food with a large variety to choose from, including Filipino and Indian food
Location: Fahaheel at the Ahmed Al-Jaber Building.
Hours: Breakfast and lunch - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; dinner - 6:00pm to 10:00 pm.
℡: 391-8838

PATTAYA BEACH: Recommended - small, clean and quick. The portions are ample, the flavors are great, and the prices are very reasonable. All the dishes are freshly cooked and the variety is enough to bring you back again and again.
Location: Mezzanine Floor of the Dawliah Commercial Complex behind the Kuwait Airways Building downtown. Dawliah
is opposite the Al Muthana Complex.
Hours: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm.
℡: 240-8052

PHUKET : Recommended – small, clean and quick. Deliverery is available. The portions are ample, the flavors are great, and the prices are very reasonable. All the dishes are freshly cooked and the variety is enough to bring you back again and again.
Location: Salmiya, Baghdad Street, Al-Aziziya Co. Bldg. Take Fahaheel 30 highway to 4th ring toward Gulf Road, take left
at stop light. Go to right at around about and make right at La Baguette. Restaurant is on your right.
Hours: 12:30 am - 9:00 pm.
℡: 571-4805/6

THAI CHI: Excellent combination of Thai and Chinese flavors.
Location: Al Beda complex on Ta’woon St., between Shiik Flamingo and Regency Hotel.
Hours: 12:30 am - 11:30 pm.
℡: 225-3120.


Coffee Shops are the meeting place for everyone. There are several popular chains you will see everywhere, including STARBUCKS.

BAYT LOTHAN: Bayt Lothan, the art center and school, has a traditional Arabic tearoom, with coffee, tea and light snacks. No credit cards.
Location: Off Gulf Road right next to the Marina Mall.
Hours: 9:00am - 11:00am and 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
℡: 575-5855, 575-5877

LAILA GALLERY: On the bottom floor of Laila Gallery, it is a very popular coffee shop where the stylish Kuwaitis go to see and be seen. It’s a wonderful place for people watching. The shop’s chocolate cupcakes, made by Candy Sultan, are the best in town.
Location: Laila Gallery, Salem Al-Mubarak St. across the street from the Sultan Center.
Hours: Open during regular shopping hours.

LA MAISON DES CREPES: Break for crepes in the lovely garden. Serves soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche, and of course crepes.
Location: Basement of the Tala Center, Salem Al-Mubarak Street, Salmiya. Tala Center is very near the Sultan Center Supermarket.
Hours: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 5:00pm to 9:30 pm.
℡: 571-0727

ENGLISH TEA LOUNGE at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, downtown Kuwait City. Beautiful atmosphere for afternoon tea! A selection of tea served with finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries.
Location: Safat 13058, Fahd Al Salem Street, downtown Kuwait City
Hours: Open daily from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM; 4:00 PM – Midnight.
Friday hours: 4:00 PM – Midnight.
℡: 242-2055

ZAHRA CAFÉ: Yummy pastries at a relaxing setting. This is one of a few places serving date cakes. Closed Fridays.
Location: at the lower level of the Zahra Complex, between the BMW showroom and the big Eureka Appliance center on
Salem Al-Mubarak St., Salmiya.
Hours: 9:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm
℡: 571-7063/4