Kuwait, an overview

Since ancient times, the State of Kuwait has served as the gateway to the Middle East. It lies at the northwest corner of the Arabian Gulf. it is due to this unique geographical location that it became a link between the east and west. This made Kuwait, and specifically its most prominent island Failaka, an anchorage area for trade ships. Within a few decades following the discovery of oil, a nation of fishermen, pearl divers and traders has transformed into a modern and developed country.

Modern day Kuwait has much to offer its visitors. The city is home to a large variety of shopping malls, which serve as the basis of Kuwaiti social life. Famous malls include Marina Mall, the 360 Mall, and its largest yet, The Avenues Mall. The historical landmarks in Kuwait are an embellishment to its modern skyline. these include, the Grand Mosque, Dickson House and the Tareq-Rajab museum. However; of the Kuwaiti landmarks, the Kuwait Towers are the most famous. These are situated on the Arabian Gulf Street and include a restaurant with a breathtaking view in the topmost sphere of the largest tower. The weather of the country is characterized by long, hot and dry summers and short, cool and sometimes rainy winters. The Kuwaiti Dinar (KD) is the official currency, and is equal to about 3.5 U.S. dollars.

 

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Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa


On a sandy beach along the Arabian Gulf, this high-end hotel is 9 minutes' walk from the pools at Messila Water Village and 16 km from Kuwait International Airport.

Chic rooms provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and DVD players, plus minibars, and tea and coffeemakers; some offer Gulf views. Suites add living rooms. Upgraded 3-bedroom suites have meeting areas. There are also 1- to 3-bedroom apartments with kitchens, along with 3- and 5-bedroom villas offering parking, plunge pools and/or maid's quarters. Room service is available.

Al Ta’awun Street, Kuwait, Kuwait City 13036
Phone: +965 2226 9600





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Arrival to Kuwait & Visa Issue

International Kuwait Airport is approximately 15 minutes from the hotel. Please note that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months duration upon arrival to Kuwait. Also be sure that your visa is issued either online before arrival or locally in Kuwait airport. Below is the List of Countries, Passport Holders of this Countries need not to apply for the Visa, they are entitled to get Visa on Arrival at Kuwait. However, it is advisable to send a photo of passport to the organizers to facilitate all required documents.

For our speakers , the ministry of health will arrange for issuing their visa and pick up from and to airport.

 
  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • The Vatican

Located in the north-east corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Kuwait is one of the smallest countries in the world in terms of land area. It lies between latitudes 28° and 31° N, and longitudes 46° and 49° E. The flat, sandy Arabian Desert covers most of Kuwait. The country is generally low lying, with the highest point being 306 m (1,004 ft) above sea-level. It has nine islands, all of which, with the exception of Failaka Island, are uninhabited. With an area of 860 km2 (330 sq mi), the Bubiyan is the largest island in Kuwait and is connected to the rest of the country by a 2,380 m (7,808 ft) long bridge. The land area is considered arable and sparse vegetation is found along its 499 km long coastline. Kuwait City is located on Kuwait Bay, a natural deep-water harbor.

Kuwait has some of the world's richest oil fields with the Burgan field having a total capacity of approximately 70 billion barrels (1.1×1010 m3) of proven oil reserves. During the 1991 Kuwaiti oil fires, more than 500 oil lakes were created covering a combined surface area of about 35.7 km2 (13.8 sq mi). resulting soil contamination due to oil and soot accumulation had made eastern and south-eastern parts of Kuwait uninhabitable. Sand and oil residue had reduced large parts of the Kuwaiti desert to semi-asphalt surfaces. The oil spills during the Gulf War also drastically affected Kuwait's marine resources.

 
 

Hotels in Kuwait

 

Official Language

The official language of the congress is English.

Clothing & weather

The spring season in March is warm and pleasant with occasional thunderstorms. The frequent winds from the northwest are cold in winter and spring and hot in summer. Southeasterly winds, usually hot and damp, spring up between July and October; hot and dry south winds prevail in spring and early summer. The shamal, a northwesterly wind common during June and July, causes dramatic sandstorms. The temperature in Kuwait during summer is above 25 (77 F). The highest recorded temperature was 54.4 (129.9 F) which is the highest of any Middle Eastern country.

During the entire meeting, temperature expected to be 15 C , 59 F with a possibility of light rain

Liability & Insurance

The congress secretariat and organizers cannot accept responsibility whatsoever for injury or damage involving persons and property during the meeting. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

Guest Attendance Policy All event activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for registered attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in any of the event areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.

 

Kuwait Towers

One of Kuwait's most famous landmarks, the Kuwait Towers are situated on Arabian Gulf Street on a promontory to the east of the City centre in Dasman. The uppermost sphere of the largest tower (which is 187 meters high) has a revolving observation area and a restaurant with access by high speed lifts. The entrance fee is 350 fils per person, or free if lunch or dinner has been reserved. Cameras with zoom lens are forbidden. The middle tower contains 1 million gallons of water.

Avenues Shopping Mall

The Avenues in Kuwait is considered to be one of the largest malls in the world with more than 800 stores spread over the 7 districts. Since it first opened in 2007, The Avenues has continuously developed and enhanced the shopping experience in Kuwait to outstanding levels and set new benchmarks and standards throughout the industry.

The Avenues houses high-end brands, as well as cafes and restaurants that serve the finest international cuisine, cine screens, home furnishing zones, and renowned international brands and store offering the largest luxury shopping destination in Kuwait. The district has a 23 meter high dome built to enhance the luxurious feel of the retail outlets it houses such as the first Harvey Nichols in Kuwait, Chanel, Burberry, PRADA, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior.

GRAND AVENUES: The Grand Avenue is much like walking down a grand shopping boulevard with retail facades in European, local and contemporary architecture. Over 400 meters in length and approximately 22 meters wide the boulevard is covered with a transparent roof structure reinforcing and enhancing the outdoor atmosphere. It includes "Galleria" zone, which houses a number of fine dining and international restaurants.

SOKU: offers an iconic urban shopping experience that attracts Kuwait's youth, and the district is perfectly poised to house leading youth brands. Edgy, city architecture provides a "street savvy" appeal and a cultural environment that encapsulates everything in up to the minute retailing. Tree shaded courtyards provide focal meeting spaces, strategically positioned to further animate the space. A specialized zone for sportswear and equipment is located on the first floor, housing the best sports brands, such as, Nike, Adidas, Reebok, and Soccer Scene.

SOUK: Modeled to mirror a traditional Kuwaiti Souk (market), this district is an interpretation of this region's traditional retail architecture. Shoppers will find all the traditional and unique items that they seek, and can extend their visit to the Souk by spending some time at the cafes and restaurants that offer the best Kuwaiti cuisine. The Souk reflects the active daily lives of Kuwaitis in the past. A traditional environment, with design features that utilize the maze layout, vistas that open up unexpectedly the sounds of small fountains and the presence of light and shadows on the walls.

 

Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre

The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre is a multidisciplinary public space owned by the Amiri Diwan striving to entertain, educate and inspire the people of Kuwait. It offers a range of events - in music, theatre, film, workshops and spoken word - for every generation and sector of society.
Under the auspices of HH the Emir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and with the Emir in attendance, the inauguration ceremony of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre was held on October 31st, 2016.

Named after Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the architectural marvel is designed to resemble jewels, reflecting rays of sunlight. The Cultural Centre includes a performing arts center, music center, conference center, historical documents center as well as libraries, parks, and fountains.

Architecture

The building design is inspired by Islamic architecture with complex geometric shapes that create a richly textured outer skin, creating dramatic public spaces inside and out that are illuminated by the interaction of light and shadow. Inside, luxurious, world-class buildings exude character, drama and a heightened sense of expectation, inviting passers-by to wander its majestic space. The wonders continue inside each building and visitors will find jewels within jewels as they explore the beautifully designed interiors.

 

Souq Al-Mubarakiya

Souq Al-Mubarakiya is one of the oldest souqs in Kuwait, and was the center of trade prior to the discovery of oil. This popular traditional market is located in Kuwait City, between Abdullah Al-Mubarak, Abdullah Al-Salem & Palestine Streets. This market has been around for at least 200 years. The market was damaged during the Iraqi invasion in 1990, however it was renovated and it got back its traditional flavor.

You can spend hours in this market strolling around and discovering reasonable bargains on heritage goods such as Persian silk carpets, real Arab antiques, perfumes like musk and oud, and traditional costumes. This place is perfect whether you want to shop, eat, or for sightseeing. Al-Mubarakiya features a variety of shops such as dates, honey, spices, sweets, vegetables, fruits, meat, and fish. In addition to a range of shops accessories, gold and silver jewelries. The market also hosts two mini museums: Sheikh Mubarak Kiosk and the first Islamic Pharmacy in Kuwait, and admission is free.

There is a courtyard near Al-Bahar or Sea Mosque, where you can find traditional cafes brewing their teas over coals, and several small restaurants are lined-up where they serve authentic Arabic, Indian, Persian food to the customers in the open air. The prices are the cheapest in Kuwait. On hot summer days, water mist is sprayed from pipes over the tables to give you a cooling feeling. A children playground is nearby and shisha is also available.

 

Al Shaheed Park

Al Shaheed Park is located on the periphery of Kuwait city, narrates the story of a land, its history and culture. The park features beautiful botanical gardens, two museums - Thekra & the Habitat, a visitor center, a lake, walkways and jogging tracks, making it the largest urban park in Kuwait.

It is located on the oldest and historical ring roads of Kuwait; Al Shaheed Park contains a wealth of history waiting to be explored. The historical elements found in the park is the Al-Shaab gate, one of the five remaining gates of the old Kuwait Wall.

Named after the martyrs, the park consists of two main monuments: The Martyr Monument a seven-meter high glass sculpture built to honor the martyrs of Kuwait - and the Constitution Monument that celebrates the Golden Jubilee of the Kuwaiti constitution.

When it comes to the environment, Al Shaheed Park aims to promote environmental awareness and its protection. By visiting the Habitat - a museum dedicated to the environment and bird migration in Kuwait, the visitors learn more about the different ecosystems, migratory birds and the effects of pollution through interactive learning stations.

In addition to the museum, a Bird Aviary was built outside of the Habitat to provide a resting area for the numerous migrating birds in Kuwait. By doing so, visitors also get a chance to view these different kinds of birds as they stop by to rest during their journey.

 

Kuwait National Museum

The Kuwait National Museum is a true representation of the Kuwaiti heritage and it is located on the Arabian Gulf Street between the Seif Palace and National Assembly. Designed by French architect Michel Ecochard, visitors can enjoy this historical museum, which represent the Kuwaiti life in the past, their everyday activities, the rich trading history of Kuwait and its traditions.

Indeed, there are two types of museums while the first displays artifacts found during an archaeological dig in Failika Island, terracotta and engraved tools, wooden doors of the past, group of cutters and blades from Neolithic age and flint stone, silver statues, 16 million old animal fossil, bronze coins from bronze period and Hellenistic period. The other museum exhibits include statues depicting the old ways of Kuwaitis, old photos dating back to 1942, a typical Kuwaiti house prior to invasion of modern technology and in general, the museum displays artifacts what Kuwait was like during the 40's and 50's.

The museum gates looks like a traditional fortress and visitors must walk through the 'entrance' and walk out into Pathways covered with piles of soil. There are 3 main sections to the museum - Heritage, Archaeology and Planetarium.

There is a courtyard near Al-Bahar or Sea Mosque, where you can find traditional cafes brewing their teas over coals, and several small restaurants are lined-up where they serve authentic Arabic, Indian, Persian food to the customers in the open air. The prices are the cheapest in Kuwait. On hot summer days, water mist is sprayed from pipes over the tables to give you a cooling feeling. A children playground is nearby and shisha is also available.

 

Bait Al-Othman Museum

The museum is located in Abdullah Al-Othman Street in Hawalli. It is named after the same owner of the house-turned museum. A house originally built in the 1940s by Abdullah Al-Othman.

Al-Othman Museum houses historical artifacts, art and documents, which were collected by people who wanted to see their rich cultural heritage under one roof where it is protected and treasured. The museum serves as a reminder of the past events, which instills a great sense of nationalism, patriotism and responsibility among the younger generations. Abdullah Othman Museum has numerous rooms dedicated to the history and culture of Kuwait from the pre-oil era to present time. Housh (courtyard), Diwaniyas, Muqallatt, kitchen, living room, master's bedroom and visitors' room can all be seen. There are rooms dedicated to ministries such as Ministry of Information, Interior and the Culture and Arts, along with the Kuwaiti House Museum, Heritage Hall, Drama Museum, Kuwaiti Souq, and Journey of Life Museum. They all are housed in the well-organized Othman Museum.

 

The Scientific Center of Kuwait

It is located in Salmiya Kuwait and serves as a center for environmental education of the Persian Gulf. The center houses the largest aquarium in the Middle East. Along with the aquarium, it also contains an IMAX theatre, a harbor of historic dhows, and a gift shop among other contents.

The center also attracts hundreds of students each year on field trips, organized by schools and the Scientific Center. The aim of the Scientific Center is to spread awareness to the people of Kuwait and visitors alike about the different ecosystems of the region as well as the history of the country, while also encouraging the preservation of said goals.

Art and architecture

The building enclosure is filled with designs of Arabic calligraphy as well as Islamic art. Along with this, the walls literally have the history of Kuwait written on them. Both the "old" mud-homes of Kuwait and the sail of a ship inspires its architecture. The colors chosen were meant to create the atmosphere of the "desert" both inside and out, with the inside continuing on the theme of Kuwait's heritage and culture, built into the walls of the Scientific Center.