Kuwait Airways was one of the airlines that fly from Dhaka to Tehran, our next destination. This was a golden opportunity to have a free stopover (18 hours) in Kuwait City, one of the Middle East countries we have yet to visit.
Kuwait, an Arab country on the Persian Gulf, has rich history dating back to antiquity. Kuwait City is known for its modern architecture, from modern skyscrapers to the stylish Kuwait Towers.
In recent history, it is known for the Kuwait War when Iraq, its neighbor, under leader Saddam Hussein, invaded Kuwait on August, 1990.
Here are the highlights of our brief stopover:
Kuwait provides Visa On Arrival (VOA) so it was easy for a quick visit. We had filled out an on-line application in advance and received a preliminary approval, for completion upon arrival. But if you did not do this step in advance, the entire VOA process can be completed upon arrival at the airport.
Please note the visa stamp machine does not give change. It is 3 Kuwait dinars per stamp (~9 USD). There is an ATM machine next to the visa stamp machine if you do not have the required dinars.