Less commercialised than some of its Middle Eastern neighbours, Kuwait has retained its old-world charm and Arabic authenticity. Within the dry desert, the country offers an oasis of museums, atmospheric souks and around 500 km of spectacular coastline. A wide range of activities are available throughout the country such as golf, horse riding and water sports like diving, sailing and scuba diving. Speedboating is a favourite pastime in Kuwait, with most hotels able to arrange rentals and tours. Located just outside the city, the Kazmah desert cliffs offer elevated views over the bay on clear days. The capital, Kuwait City, is the country’s cultural heart and home to the Bait Al-Othman Museum, Maritime Museum, and Museum of Modern Art. It’s also where you’ll find the old souks like Ad Dahab Al Markazi and Marbarakia, selling everything from gold to pearls and local cuisine like kebabs and fresh bread. A number of chain hotels are available in and around Kuwait City, with apartments, villas and holiday homes scattered all along the coastline.