Kuwait City Gay Travel
Is Kuwait gay travel safe? wolfyy covers Kuwait travel safety, plus luxurious hotels, things to do and Kuwait gay life.
The Gay Travel Experience: Kuwait City
The experience of Kuwait was by far the most unique of my life. A trip near the Iraqi border left me speechless. I wouldn’t trade the opportunity of exploring such a beautiful culture for anything.
I visited Kuwait during the summer of 2013 with several friends, including my gay college roommate. A Syracuse University alumnus hosted us for part of the trip. While I was among locals who guided me and my friends the whole time, I felt very safe overall.
Kuwaiti people are wonderful and welcoming. I got to interact with a local Kuwaiti woman attending university in Kuwait City. She showed me around some of the markets and was very friendly! As a gay man in Kuwait however, there are several things you should know.
Gay individuals have no rights in Kuwait, as I’ll mention in the final section of this Kuwait gay travel guide. 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 unfortunate that Kuwait LGBT people cannot express themselves freely, this does not mean that there are not kind and open-minded people in Kuwait.
Gay Kuwait: Hotels & Where to Stay
Kuwait City isn’t that large, so I recommend staying in a hotel close to the central market area, especially if you are not renting a car.
Most of the city in the area around the central market is quite walkable. If you have the luxury of a car, there are many great hotels scattered all through the center city area. There are so many upscale Kuwait City hotels to choose from.
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 Kuwait National Museum is the perfect place to spend the hottest part of the day in , where you can absorb the beautiful Arabic scripts and other archaeological pieces.
Head to Kuwait City’s Bazaars in the afternoon. These Kuwaiti markets sell all types of delicious snacks and spices. Take a stroll through Mubarakeya or Gharabally Souq street and grab some sweets.
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.
Once I reached our host’s farm, she gave us a tour of her animals, her greenhouse and cooked us a traditional Arabic dinner. We even picked some fruit!
For now, this is definitely the closest I will be able to get to Iraq. The entire experience was a bit of a thrill, and certainly set the stage for the desire to travel to more astounding countries.
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Kuwait City Gay Travel Safety & Tips
As a gay traveler in Kuwait, you must take certain precautions. Always respect the local culture, which you should familiarize yourself with before traveling to any Middle Eastern country.
If you keep to yourself and do not overtly display any affection (no matter if it’s same-sex or not), there is absolutely nothing to worry about in my opinion.
In Kuwait, it is illegal to consume, possess or sell alcohol of any kind. You won’t find any bars in the entire country. Alcoholic drinks aren’t even available in hotels that cater to international travelers.
It’s best to stay safe and avoid breaking these rules, as any infringement carries a hefty fine and jail sentence! Instead of drinking, find a local Shisha bar where you can try dozens of flavors.
Socially, Kuwait is generally conservative. For females, always wear clothing that completely covers the shoulders and knees. Any display of upper arms, chest or thighs will attract negative attention. For men, avoid any graphic t-shirts that could be misconstrued as something offensive.
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.
Lastly, if you’re seeking to connect with another LGBT individual via gay apps (like Grindr or Scruff), remember that you’ll need a VPN connection to do so. The government blocks various LGBT web content and applications.
I recommend using NordVPN for a safe encrypted connection. An app like this will allow you to download and use restricted apps and websites.
Kuwait Gay Life
Kuwait falls in line with many other middle eastern countries in that it offers no protection to the gay community. As you can imagine, being gay in Kuwait is not easy. Homosexuality in the country is not illegal per se, however gay individuals can be prosecuted in alternate fashions.
I’d like to remain hopeful that modern leaders and their royal families in Middle Eastern countries will begin to strive toward providing basic human rights to the LGBT communities in their respective countries.
We can do our part as fellow LGBT citizens of the world to hold these leaders and governments accountable for their actions or lack thereof.