It was a very important town in the 1960's for expats and many have lived here. The Iraqis destroyed Salmiya during the Gulf War. After the war many new modern high rise buildings rose in Salmiya, especially near the coast. This resulted in a real estate boom, forcing many expats to the inner parts of the city away from the coast. Today, Salmiya is a beautiful city along the coastline with it's beaches and malls.
One can take the Arabian Gulf Road (25) from Kuwait City to Salmiya. It is a very beautiful road and it runs along the coastline. You can take Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Road (5th ring road) which begins from Jahra and ends at Salmiya. Al-Jahra Road (80) can be taken from Iraq to reach Jahra, from there to Salmiya.
There are buses from GCC countries to Kuwait City. Visa-related problems may be there.
The nearest airport is Kuwait International Airport(See Kuwait for more info).
One can borrow a boat to spend time on the Arabian gulf. Boats can be taken to travel to/from islands.
Taxis are common. Call taxis which are white coloured taxis are most common and found in town. These taxi drivers are fairly nice and a little more costly than orange taxis. Orange taxis are which were previously orange and now white are equally common. They have 'TAXI' on the top. Airport taxis usually take you to/from the airport. No other taxi can take you out of the airport. They have a printed fee on the inside of the taxi with the fares fixed. Many drivers may try to demand higher fares especially if the printed fare in the car is partially or completely destroyed.
Buses can be found. The two main buses are KPTC and Citybus. They go on the same routes. Citybus has an updated website with the timetable. KPTC has a website, but it's timetable has not been updated for a long time. Bus stands are most of the time in bad condition and lack infomation. The fee is 250 fils.
A car can be rented, though car rents are quite hard to find in Salmiya. Anyway, driving is dangerous on Kuwaiti roads, young people tend to drive recklessly on Salmiya's coastal roads and this can lead to accidents.
Clusters of restaurants can be found near Movenpick Hotel and near fanar mall. Small reataurant mostly indian and arabic can be found in the inner blocks of Salmya.
Note that alcohol is illegal in Kuwait and may not be imported or sold in Kuwait, this will result in imprisonment. Making alcohol will result in fines. Never drink and drive.
A large number of hotels exist in Salmiya:
Generally, Kuwait has a low crime rate. Though beware of people who act like police men who ask for documents like passports and civil IDs, foreign residents are usually targeted and this usually occurs in foreign communities in residential blocks.
Go to nearby Kuwait City, the capital of Kuwait.