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Calls to prayer echo out from elaborate, towered mosques, which blend curiously with the glamorous hotels along Salmiyah's coastline. Built on trade and fishing, Kuwait floats on a sea of oil, and with around 10% of the world's supply pooled below its deserts, cities like Salmiyah cater to a well-heeled business crowd - as well as holidaymakers who are seeking out guaranteed sun. Salmiyah’s streets merge with Kuwait City a few kilometres to the West, so you're free to hop around with ease, and discover amazing sites like the giant white spikes of the iconic Kuwait Towers. With a refreshing sea breeze cooling peaceful golden beaches, a bustling marina, and authentic market bazaars, you won't be leaving Salmiyah in a hurry, however.

Things to see

The Maritime Museum transports you to a time when narrow-masted dhows, and pearl divers, plundered the Bay of Kuwait for its riches. Learn how the sturdy ships of Kuwait City earned their reputation as the Indian Ocean's best, before heading outside to taste the salty ocean air, while walking around the sea-stained hulls of wooden ships - each with their own tales to tell. If you’re hoping to find some hidden treasures in the city's overflowing markets stalls, then head to Salem Al-Mubarak Street. Haggle with exuberant traders offering their wares down side-streets, which sparkle with alluring pearls and necklaces. Elsewhere, surround yourself with neon jellyfish, and sharp-finned sharks in the huge, curved aquariums of the Scientific Centre. Or, settle back into your comfy seat, and let the centre's titanic IMAX Theatre shake your senses as a film rolls, and the booms of onscreen explosions rattle your ribcage.

Hotels in Salmiyah

Stay overlooking the marina, in 5-star accommodation that offers spectacular views of the sun diving into the rhythmically pulsing waves of Kuwait Bay. Lavish room service will cater to your every need, which is handy, because you'll be tempted to stay within the heavenly confines of your beautifully air-conditioned room all day. Any downtime you do have can be spent soaking in deep baths - filled to the brim with bubbles - or sipping tea or coffee while putting your legs up to watch international shows on your flat-screen television. Beach-side hotels in Salmiyah flaunt their elegance with cavernous swimming pools, sensuous spas, and state-of-the-art fitness centres, while business-friendly options offer quick WiFi and teleconferencing facilities.

Where to stay

Luxury hotels in Salmiyah tend to congregate along the sea-kissed coast, while inner city apartment hotels make up for their humbler facilities by offering superb access to the city's restaurants - which fill the air with a blend of Mediterranean and Indian flavours. Head out to taste succulent roast lamb, or chicken machboos, spiced with an enchanting combination of coriander and cumin. If you stay around the marina, you can enjoy atmospheric morning walks, listening to local skippers preparing their boats, and assembling their crews for a hard day's graft on the waves. Or, simply settle yourself on the beach's soft grains, enjoying views over the bay to Kuwait City's skyscrapers, which waver like a mirage in the afternoon heat.

How to get to Salmiyah

Getting to Salmiyah is simple, as Kuwait International Airport lies just a few miles away. Pick up a rental car from the terminal, or grab a cab for the 20-minute drive to central Salmiyah. Women are allowed to drive – which isn't the case in some of the region's countries - but the often chaotic scenes on the roads mean most foreign visitors choose not to. Taxi drivers will usually agree a price before you get in, to guarantee peace of mind, or you can arrange transfers directly with your hotel.