Al Ahmadi Governorate combines the culture and traditions of Kuwait with the grandeur of the colonial era. It’s one of six Kuwait governorates and features tree-lined streets and beautiful British architecture. Visit a world-class oil and gas museum, enjoy an afternoon at the beach and head into the city centre to tick off sights like Tareq Rajab Museum and the Grand Mosque.
Things to do in Al Aḩmadī
Soft sand, calm water and beautiful views over the Persian Gulf make Fahaheel Beach one of the best in Kuwait. Stroll along the palm-lined promenade and watch locals shooting hoops on the basketball court. Stay for sunset to watch the horizon light up in reds, yellows and golds.
Souq Mubarakiya is a bustling enclave filled with stalls selling colourful spices, sparkling jewellery and woven blankets. It’s easy to spend hours wandering around the maze-like market and shopping for souvenirs. Nearby Souq Ad Dahab Al Markazi is the best place to buy gold jewellery.
Learn more about the country’s booming energy industry at the Ahmed Al Jaber Oil & Gas Exhibition. Operated by the Kuwait Oil Company, the museum features interactive exhibits on how natural resources are formed, extracted and used around the world. The 4D theatre brings the experience to life with surround sound and incredible visuals.
Al Ahmadi Governorate is a convenient base for visiting sights and attractions in Kuwait City. Tareq Rajab Museum occupies the basement of a historic villa and is filled with ethnographic treasures, including jewellery, armour, ancient manuscripts and musical instruments. The collection of Arabic calligraphy is a highlight.
From Western-style cafes to traditional Middle Eastern restaurants, Al Ahmadi Governorate offers a wide range of dining options. It’s a great place to sample authentic Kuwait dishes like fragrant “jireesh” cracked wheat and “machboos laham” rice and meat flavoured with cinnamon, cardamon, raisins and fried onion.
Getting around Al Aḩmadī
Parts of Al Ahmadi Governorate are easy to get around on foot. Taxis are a fast and affordable way to cover longer distances, while local buses are also an option. Kuwait International Airport is a one-hour drive away.