Kuwait City Gay Travel
Take in an authentic slice of the Middle East in Kuwait City. But is Kuwait safe for gay travelers? Make sure to check out the gay safety info below in this wolfyy Kuwait City gay travel guide.
The Gay Travel Experience: Kuwait City
I visited Kuwait during the summer of 2013 with several friends, including my gay college roommate. We were hosted for part of the trip by an alumnus of Syracuse University, where we received our undergraduate degrees. Although I was with a group of friends and some locals the whole time who showed me the way, I felt very safe.
The experience of Kuwait was by far the most unique of my life. A trip near the Iraqi border left me speechless. Read below about this experience of mine like no other.
As you will read in the final section of this Kuwait gay travel guide, gay individuals people have no rights in Kuwait. You may ask why I would want to visit such a place. My answer is that I love Arab language and culture.
Although it is sad that LGBT people cannot express themselves freely in Kuwait, this does not mean that there are not kind and open-minded people in Kuwait.
Gay Kuwait: Where to Stay
Kuwait City isn’t too large, so stay relatively close to the central market area if you are not renting a car. Most of the city is quite walkable. If you have the luxury of a car, there are many great hotels scattered all through the center city area.
Kuwait City Experiences for the Gay Traveler
Walk through Safat Square, a nice place to people watch. There are some restaurants and stores in the plaza as well as some nice sculptures. There is a small fountain that lights up at night that I thought was cute. The middle of the day his hottest, so go in the morning or during sunset.
The Highway of Death
One of the most intense things I’ve ever experienced in my life was on a journey outside of Kuwait City. My friends and I headed toward the Iraq border on Highway 80 to spend the night with an Alumnus of our university in a farmhouse she owns. This road is known as the Highway of Death…and rightly so. If you’re looking for some intense things to do in Kuwait, this is it.
As we drove on a newly built roadway in the exact same place nearly 25 years later, black rubble traces were still visible. It made the history, however terrifying, come alive for us. It was surreal to experience.
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Kuwait City Gay Travel Safety & Tips
In Kuwait, it is illegal to consume, possess or sell alcohol of any kind. Instead, find a local Shisha bar where you can try dozens of flavors. Don’t plan on buying any Duty-Free alcohol at the airport.
Kuwait experiences some of the most extreme heat in the world. Summer temperatures are a brutal 110 degrees Fahrenheit, so I would travel during spring of fall.
Gay Life in Kuwait
Kuwait falls in line with many other middle eastern countries in that it offers no protection to the gay community. Homosexuality in the country is not illegal per se, however gay individuals can be prosecuted in alternate fashions.
Since you’re only an hour flight away from the Emirates, why not check out Abu Dhabi! Read the Abu Dhabi Gay Travel Guide.