Kuwait is one of the Middle East countries, with well developed oil-based economy and lots of tourist attractions. Ancient fortresses, mosques, maddrassahs and monuments are combined with modern amenities of a modern Arab country. Kuwait is one of the oldest areas of human settlements. Archaeologists have found a number of places, where ancient people lived, starting from the 5th century B.C. Here stood the cities of the Sumerians, Babylonians, Persians and Greeks. The ancient trade routes went through this territory, and unique ancient cultures developed here. According to some historical materials, the country was not always so dry and deserted, as it is today.

Kuwait City is the only major city in the country. The ancient fortress, which once served as a haven for traders and Bedouins, turned into a thriving commercial, cultural and entertainment center in the region in a matter of some fifty years. The city itself is a colorful mix of old Islamic traditions and cutting-edge architecture, and its attractions are mostly young.

The tourists find it interesting to visit Kuwait National Museum, famous for its collection of archeological and ethnographic items, which is considered one of the best collections of Islamic art in the world. No less interesting is the Tareg-Rajab private museum, the Islamic Art Museum, the Museum and Cultural Foundation of the Bedouins, the Al-Khalifa mosque, the enormous Great Mosque with a 74-meter high minaret, the mosque of Ibn-Hammes, the famous Kuwait Towers with their spires pointing at heaven and observation decks overlooking the city. One of the most popular sights is the palace of the Emir called Old Seif Palace. Of special interest are such important places as the building of the Stock Exchange, the British Council library in Al Arabi Street, the building of the Central Bank, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other administrative offices.

Kuwait Tower known as the Tower of Liberation is the highest in the Middle East. The Beit Lothan cultural center, the Al Kurayn museum and memorial in honor of Kuwaiti resistance fighters, the Research Center on Gulf Road with the largest aquarium in the Middle East, the Museum of Science and Natural History and the Maritime Museum attract thousands of tourists, who want to get acquainted with the culture of Kuwait and learn more about different periods of its life.

To the south-west from Safat region, there is the Kuwait University and its campuses, as well as one of the major industrial areas of the country. Salmiya district is a residential and commercial center of the capital. Many houses have been turned into shops and restaurants here, and all the streets are full of life. This part of the city is known for noisy multi-national markets and eateries, where all that we have on this planet can be bought and sold. Here one can also go to sea with a team of pearl divers to observe their work and participate in collecting pearls. Further along the coast there stretches a whole series of beaches, considered some of the most beautiful and largest in Kuwait. They are famous for their relaxed atmosphere and noticeably greener than the rest of coasts and stretches from Al-Bidaa district to Kuwait Towers. Nearby is the famous Kuwait Rink, one of the largest rinks in the Middle East. The Musical Fountain is located within the ‘green belt’ of the capital. In Al-Shukh district, there is the Tourist Garden, famous for its green space, an abundance of recreational facilities and an amphitheater in the Roman style.

Failaka Island has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and now it is known for an archaeological park, ancient temples and numerous sites of excavations. Due to the new discoveries of the ruins of the Portuguese and British forts, the island has again reestablished itself as the prominent attraction of Kuwait.

The city of Al-Ahmadi was built in the middle of the 20th century and named in honor of Sheikh Ahmad. It is known for the huge Exhibition Centre, a museum of oil industry, and a small green park in the sands of the desert.

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