KUWAIT IN THE HEAT

By Maryanne Horne

Its that time of the year again. Buck the trend and make the most of your summer in Kuwait. Empty roads, cool shopping malls, no traffic… Here is Livinq8’s small list of the things to do while the temperatures rage…

 

TRAMPO KUWAIT: Newly opened and located in the new Promenade mall in Hawally, the place is packed with fun for kids and adults alike. With over twenty trampolines, Trampo Kuwait is the place to let off steam. Ideal not just for toddlers and children, but also adults. Booking in advance required for one hour slots. Open from 10 am to 4 pm and 8 pm to 1 pm during Ramadan. What’s App 60694352

 

TAREK RAJAB ANTIQUITIES MUSEUM: It’s a classic, but one that never ceases to amaze. In the summer, it’s a den of culture and interesting arte facts in one of the coolest settings there is in Kuwait. The private collection of Islamic Art, ceramics, and manuscripts includes photos and history, books and much much more. The display of over five thousand objects is a lifelong collection built through sheer passion by the Kuwait’s first Minister of Antiquities and his wife Jehan. The second part of the museum is in a separate location, dedicated to calligraphy. It is just as stunning and likewise a fantastic activity for the summer. Open from 9-12 and 4-7 pm. During Ramadan, 9-12 and 7-10 pm, tel. Curator : 2531-7369, Jabriya, block 5

 

ICE-SKATING RINK: For 1,5 KD per person, there is not much that can beat the heat than a couple of hours spent on the ice. The ice-staking rink is an Olympic size and caters for figure skaters, hockey players, as well as those of us who just want to go for a couple of hours to play around without breaking anything or anyone. Ice stakes are available for rent and there are even ice penguins for little ones who need a helping hand and something to hold onto.   Al-Soor St, Kuwait City, tel. 22411151 / 22411152

 

SOMU SQUARE: If you haven’t already visited, you’ll know you are in SOMMU square when you see the words “I love you Kuwait”.  It’s the equivalent of Kuwait’s SOHO.  Its clean, refurbished and modern and built around the THOUQ shop. There are trendy restaurants and its focused on outdoors, with small coffee tables over spilling from the coffee and cake shops and a few great restaurants that do healthy, happy food in reasonable sized portions. Perfect to discover post iftar or during the Eid holiday. Located behind the women’s textile souk. Ask for Msayan restaurant to direct you.

 

MARITIME MUSEUM: It may be small, but it epitomizes Kuwait.  The maritime museum is an insight into the seafaring heritage of the country. With three dhows and boons like those that were used to sail the seas to and from Kuwait and Basra, the museum is a must to anyone who lives here and wants to understand the history of the country. Arabian Gulf St, Qibla, 8.30am-12.30pm & 4.30-8.30pm Mon-Sat, 4.30-8.30pm Fri.

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