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Salmiya is a a city in Kuwait, 15.3 km away from Kuwait City.


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.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

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.

By bus[edit]

There are buses from GCC countries to Kuwait City. Visa-related problems may be there.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is Kuwait International Airport(See Kuwait for more info).

By boat[edit]

One can borrow a boat to spend time on the Arabian gulf. Boats can be taken to travel to/from islands.

Get around[edit]

By taxis[edit]

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.

By buses[edit]

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.

By car[edit]

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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Bayan Palace, 5th Ring Road, Bayan town, Kuwait. You are not allowed to go inside as the emir stays here, though it is nice to see from outside on liberation day.  edit
  • Water Towers (Salmiya), Salmiya, Kuwait.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Scientific Center, [1]. 9AM to 9:30 PM from Sat to Wed. There is an IMAX 2D screen,IMAX 3D, Aquarium, Discovery Place.Prices are 2.5, 3.5, 3.5, 2 KD Respectively for regular adult priced ticket. Special offers are available. On Friday the center is open from 2 PM to 10 PM. On Thursday, the center is open till 10 PM.  edit
  • Marina & Salmiya Beach. It is nice to walk along the coastline, beware of glass pieces and other harmful things that can hurt your foot, especially on Salmiya Beach.  edit
  • Boat ridding, Salmiya.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Old Salmiya Center (Old Downtown), Mubarak Al Salem St.. It is the oldest shopping complex in Salmiya. Before the pearl market crashed, pearls and other traditional items were sold here. Even though new branded and non-branded stores openned here, the old feel is still there.  edit
  • Al Fanar Mall, Salmiya (Downtown Area), Mubarak Al Salem St. Many non-branded and branded stores are present. There is a cinema here also.  edit
  • Laila Mall.  edit
  • Plaza Mall, Salmiya. Has a cinema.  edit
  • Souq Salmiya, Salmiya.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

  • Copper Cheminey, Salmiya. Indian Cuisine.  edit
  • Ruby Tuesday, Arabian Gulf St, Salmiya.  edit
  • Chocolate Bar, Near Movenpick Hotel, Salmiya.  edit
  • Chicken Tikka, Mubarak Al Salem St, Salmiya.  edit
  • Zafran, Mubarak Al Salim St, Salmiya. Indian.  edit
  • Sakura, Arabian Gulf St, Salmiya. Japanese Cuisine  edit
  • Oriental, Salmiya. Chinese, Indian and Arabic cuisine.  edit
  • Breakfast & Brunch, Salmiya.  edit
  • Kusina Grill & Restaurant, Al Salam Mall First Floor Food Court (Salem Al Mubarak Street, Salmiya Block 4 Hawally, Kuwait), +965-6004-1140, [2]. 1100-2300. Kusina Grill & Restaurant serves and caters Filipino and International Cuisine. $.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

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.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

A large number of hotels exist in Salmiya:

  • The Regency, Tawwen St, Near Salmiya.  edit
  • Movenpick Salmiya, Tawwen St, Near Salmiya.  edit
  • Rimal Hotel, Tawwen St, Near Salmiya.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Hotel, Arabian Gulf St, Salmiya.  edit
  • Ibis Hotel, Mubarak Al Salem St, Salmiya. About 30KD per room. Prices may vary on weekends.  edit
  • Symphony Hotel, Arabian Gulf St, Salmiya.  edit
  • Ghani Hotel, Arabian Gulf St, Salmiya.  edit

Stay Safe[edit]

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.


Get out[edit]

Go to nearby Kuwait City, the capital of Kuwait.