Despite – or perhaps, because of – Kuwait's vast oil wealth, the country is not a popular tourist destination and the majority of people who visit Kuwait City are the country's two million expatriate residents, numerous business visitors and army of overseas military personnel.
However, there are plenty of sights and attractions in Kuwait and the 90,000 visitors who arrive every year can enjoy everything from museums to malls, buildings to beaches.
Many of Kuwait's museums depict the story of the 1990 invasion: at the Al Qurain Martyrs' Museum you can see bullet-ridden walls, bomb damage and a military tank in the garden. The National Memorial Museum also details many of the horrors of the Iraqi occupation. Alternatively, lift your spirits at the Tareq Rajab Museum in Jabriya: a private collection of Islamic pots, clothes, weapons, musical instruments, jewellery and carpets alongside a beautiful array of Qurans.
One of Kuwait's architectural wonders is the iconic needles of Kuwait Towers. Two of the triple towers are punctuated by huge spheres – resembling olives on a cocktail stick – which contain a revolving restaurant and observation deck with 360° views of the whole city.
A quirkier option for visitors is Mirror House, a residential villa Qadisiya. Built by Lidia Al Qattan, every conceivable surface inside and out – from floor to ceiling and even including the kitchen cupboards – is bedecked with a mosaic of miniature mirrors. It's a private dwelling so ring ahead to request a tour.