The abaya is a traditional garment worn by women in many Middle Eastern countries. It is a long, loose-fitting robe that covers the entire body, except for the hands, feet, and face. The abaya has a rich history that is intertwined with the cultural and religious traditions of the region. In this blog post, we will explore the history of the abaya and how it relates to laundry.Continue reading
Kuwait is a beautiful country that is full of stunning cityscapes, hot weather and rich history. If you are planning to visit Kuwait in the future, it’s worth knowing these interesting facts about Kuwait!
1. Kuwaiti Towers Are One Of The Tallest In The World
One of the most interesting facts about Kuwait is that it is home to the world’s 15th tallest tower in the world called Al Hamra Tower. This amazing tower is in Kuwait City.
Another tower located in Kuwait City is the Liberation Tower, the 2nd tallest tower in Kuwait.
2. The Falcon Is Kuwait’s National Bird
If you have visited Kuwait before, you would have seen the falcon imagery in stamps and currencies. The falcon does hold high significance in Kuwait because it is the national bird!
3. Kuwait Has Four Sites On UNESCO Tentative List
Kuwait’s culture is interesting and if you’re keen to learn more about the culture, visit the 4 sights included in the UNESCO Tentative list. These four sights are Abraj Al-Kuwait, Boubyan Island and Mubarak Al-Kabeer Marine Reserve, Sa’ad and Sae’ed Area in Failaka island and Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jabir Palace.
4. Family Values Are Very Important In Kuwait
Kuwait has a family-oriented culture. This is shown by the way meals are served as the oldest family is served first and the youngest person is served last. In addition, houses are built in a way that allows space for extended family. It is encouraged to build more rooms to accommodate family members.
5. There Is Only One Public University In Kuwait
Perhaps one of the most interesting facts about Kuwait is that there is only one public university in the country; Kuwait University. Founded in 1966, it has a reputation for offering great education and scientific research to students. It is the country’s highest-ranking university.
6. The National Instrument Is Tar
Kuwait prides itself in producing music. It is a country that hosts various music festivals. Interestingly, the national instrument of Kuwait is called Tar; a long-necked string instrument played with a small metal pick.
7. Laundryheap Services Are Available In Kuwait
If you are travelling to Kuwait, you should enjoy your time and not worry about your laundry chores. This is because Laundryheap is available in Kuwait. Just get in touch with us and we’ll collect your laundry from the hotel you are staying at and deliver it back within 24 hours! No hassle, no stress and no more mess on your clothes!
Famous for its hot weather and wonderful Skyline, Kuwait can be an expensive country to visit. However, you can visit Kuwait on a budget without breaking the bank!
With amazing infrastructure, it’s no surprise that Kuwait’s tourist reputation is growing so here are the best travel hacks when visiting Kuwait!
- Best Time To Visit
- Booking Hotel on a Budget
- Eat Local
- Travel Hack – Use a Laundry Service
- Keep a Record of the Essentials
Best Time To Visit
Travelling creates excitement and memories but unfortunately, it can also be a source of stress! You can approach your big trip to Kuwait on a budget by knowing the best time to visit. Our number one travel hack for you is to avoid travelling in November, June, or January as the prices for flights and hotels will skyrocket. According to travel data, December and Spring are the least expensive periods to visit Kuwait.
Booking Hotel on a Budget
It can be a stumbling block to your budget to book a hotel as they’re often expensive and you start to think to yourself “how will I enjoy the rest of my trip now?” but it doesn’t have to be this way for your Kuwait trip.
When visiting Kuwait on a budget, our travel hack for you is to book the Royal Inn Hotel which is in Al Salmiya. It ticks all the boxes for your big trip; it’s budget-friendly, and it’s located close to the city and to the local beach. Just be sure to take care of your shoes, especially with all the sand around!
Everybody loves food (we love it as much as we love doing laundry!). To make your travelling experience even better, eat food on a budget. Avoid the expensive restaurants, buy local. Kuwait has a lot of local street food and restaurants that cater to the locals.
To save you money, we recommend the area of Kuwait City souk; home to a variety of cuisines and prices that are budget-friendly!
If you spill food or drink on your clothes, don’t worry, we’ll clean it up for you!
Travel Hack – Use a Laundry Service
There is no better feeling than wearing your favourite outfits on a holiday, but it can be a buzzkill when you go back to your hotel only to find out you have tons of laundry that need to be done. The launderettes in Kuwait can be expensive and this can be stressful.
But it doesn’t need to be that way. Laundryheap is your friend. Just book your laundry service with us (we do have a service in Kuwait) and we’ll subtract one less chore from your duties!
Keep a Record of the Essentials
The organisation is the key to everything and to stay on budget, keep a record of the essentials; the expenses, the hotel price, the food, drinks, the souvenirs and etc. We all get excited when travelling and it’s easy to go on a shopping spree (we don’t blame you!) but a record would benefit your budget significantly.
We even recommend recording your luggage weights. Luggage fees are common but as a travel hack and to keep you on budget, pack light and pack right and you will not be overcharged at the airport!
Make sure you neatly separate the clean clothes from the dirty clothes!
Visiting Kuwait on a budget is important, but enjoying your trip is more important. Follow our travel hacks but also have fun, take plenty of pictures and enjoy the food!
The Kuwaiti LaundryHeap website is available, and you can view it here.
Kuwait City is home to a beautiful coastline, sprawling desert, and a plethora of museums. If you’re traveling to Kuwait City, this travel guide will give you all of the information you need to know.
- VISA and passport requirements
- How to get to Kuwait City
- Must-see sights
- Top delicacy
Kuwait City has a hot desert climate with temperatures averaging at 45 degrees celsius. In the summer months, Kuwait City experiences some of the hottest temperatures on earth as well as strong wind and dust storms that can last for days. The ideal time to visit Kuwait City is in the spring when temperatures are lower and the humidity is less intense.
VISA and passport requirements
To travel to Kuwait City you need both a VISA and a passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months. Nationals from the USA and Europe can obtain one-month VISAs on arrival for business or tourist purposes. VISAs on arrivals are free for British nationals, but can not be extended.
How to get to Kuwait City
The easiest way to get to Kuwait City from the UK or USA is to fly directly to Kuwait International Airport. If you are traveling into Kuwait City from other areas of Kuwait or the Gulf region, Kuwait Public Transport Company operates coach trips. Alternatively, you can travel by boat from Shuwaikh Port, which is Kuwait’s main port.
The currency of Kuwait City is the Kuwait dinar (KWD). As of May 2021, the Kuwait dinar is the strongest circulating currency in the world with one KWD equaling 3.32 United States Dollars (USD). You can change your currency to KWD prior to your trip by visiting a local currency exchange. Alternatively, credit cards are widely accepted in Kuwait City for both paying in shops, restaurants, and attractions, and using ATMs. It is recommended to budget 150KWD per day.
There are many beautiful sights in Kuwait City but these are our top three picks:
Kuwait Towers are an integral part of the Kuwait City skyline and one of the most recognisable landmarks in Kuwait. The Kuwait Towers are made up of three slender towers, with the main tower reaching 187 meters high. You can marvel at the towers from below, or travel up and enjoy a meal in the tower’s restaurant, which offers panoramic views of Kuwait City.
Kuwait City’s Grand Mosque is the official Mosque of Kuwait. Spanning 45,000 square meters, the Grand Mosque includes a prayer hall, library of Islamic reference books and documents, and a 5-level car park. It’s striking structure is truly a sight to behold and should not be missed on your visit to Kuwait City.
Al Shaheed Park
Al Shaheed Park is the largest urban park in Kuwait. Nestled within the park are a variety of gardens, including the Oasis Garden, Museum Garden, and Seasonal Garden. Amongst these gardens are museums, exhibition areas, and outdoor theatres where performers dazzle guests on a daily basis. It is definitely worth scheduling a trip to Al Shaheed Park on your Kuwait City vacation.
Machboos is considered the national dish of Kuwait. The dish consists of a bed of rosewater and saffron basmati rice, topped with slow-cooked mutton or chicken. The dish is finished with a drizzle of garlic sauce named Daqqus.
Nightlife in Kuwait City is very different from Western nightlife, as it focuses on friends and food. Rather than drinking alcohol, nightlife in Kuwait City centers around smoking hubble-bubble, a technique where smoke is drawn through a fruity mixture of flavours into a water bowl filled with cold lemon water, which cools the smoke before entering the pipe you draw on.
There is so much to do and see in Kuwait City that you won’t have time to do your laundry. Luckily, Laundryheap is here to help. Book your Laundryheap service by heading to the Laundryheap website or downloading the free Laundryheap app.
Kuwait City is the capital of the Arab country, the State of Kuwait. It is the third richest country in the Middle East, and home to 4,420,110 people.
- The name Kuwait City
- Hot city
- The Liberation Tower
- Text savvy
- Gigantic banner
- Not so fast food
- Soap operas
The name Kuwait City
The name Kuwait City derives from the Arabic meaning, ‘fortress city built by water.’ The city lies on Kuwait Bay, a natural deep-water harbour, where 90% of Kuwait’s population live.
In the summer, Kuwait City is one of the hottest cities on earth. The average summer temperature is 45 degrees celsius. The hot desert climate of the city creates prolonged summers and short winters. In addition to the excruciating heat, sand storms frequently occur during the summer months from the Shamal wind.
The Liberation Tower
The Liberation Tower, is a 372-meter high telecommunication tower that stands in the middle of Kuwait City. It is the fifth tallest telecommunication tower in the world, the 39th tallest building in the world, and is over 10% taller than the Eiffel Tower.
On the 1st of March 2012, the Guinness Book of World Records recognised Kuwait City as the place where the fastest prescribed 160-character text message was sent.
The Guinness Book of World Records returned to Kuwait City in 2018, when the record was set for the largest banner to be flown behind a vehicle. The banner measured 4,690 square feet, and was flown behind a vehicle as part of celebrating 100 years since the launch of Chevrolet trucks.
Not so fast food
When McDonald’s opened in Kuwait City, the drive-through line was, at times, 7 miles long.
Kuwait soap operas are amongst the most popular in the Arab world. Most of the Gulf soap operas are based in Kuwait and performed using Kuwait dialect. Some of these soap operas are popular in places as far as Tunisia.
Kuwait is a petroleum-based economy. Petroleum and fertilizer are Kuwaits main exports. Petroleum accounts for 90% of export revenues and government income in Kuwait.
Kuwait City is home to the Al Kuwait SC, one of Kuwait’s professional basketball teams. The club regularly competes in the Kuwait Division 1 Basketball League, and has provided Kuwait’s national basketball team with some of it’s top players.
Kuwait is the only Arab country in the Persian Gulf region that has a theatre tradition. The theatrical movement in Kuwait constitutes a major part of the country’s Arabic cultural life. Kuwait’s theatre tradition began in the 1920’s when the first spoken dramas were released.
Your dishdasha needs to be adequately cared for when being washed. This is how you should be washing it.
Before washing your dishdasha, you need to pre-treat any stains that may linger on the material. Depending on the stain, depends on how you must pre-treat it.
Ink- If you have an ink stain soak it in milk for 24 hours before washing it as normal.
Sweat/yellowing- To get rid of sweat and yellowing stains, mix three aspirins with two tablespoons of water until a paste is formed. Smear the paste on the stain and leave it for an hour before washing as normal. If you don’t have any aspirin, sprinkle a handful of salt on the stain and squeeze some lemon over it until it’s soaked. Rub the lemon juice and salt until the stain has been removed or lightened, before washing as normal.
Makeup- Whether your makeup stain is powder or liquid based, shampoo will lift the stain. Spread a small amount of shampoo on the stain, before rubbing it in with soap and water. Once the stain has lightened or lifted wash as normal.
Deodorant- Rub a denim item on your deodorant stain, being careful to not press too hard and damage the fabric. The roughness of the denim should lift the stain from your dishdasha and leave it stain free.
Wash darker coloured dishdashas in the washing machine, on a cold cycle, using a mild detergent.
If you have a white or lighter coloured dishdasha it is best to hand wash it to avoid colour fading. To hand-wash, fill your basin with warm water and use a mild detergent. If you do wish to use the washing machine, make sure that you wash your garment with similar colours to avoid colour running, and only on a warm cycle.
Never use a tumble dryer to dry your dishdasha as this will put the fabric under too much strain and result in it becoming misshapen. Instead, hang it out to naturally dry, ideally in direct sunlight.
Unlike with other items of clothing, you want to iron your dishdasha when it is still slightly damp, using the cool setting on your iron. This being said you need to iron at the right time- if you begin ironing when it is too wet then your ironing will be useless but leave it for too long and it will become too dry.
If you have left your dishdasha to completely dry before ironing, a steam iron will be most effective. The steam will add a bit of moisture to your garment and help smooth out the creases.
The best way to ensure that your dishdasha is adequately cared for is by using Laundryheap’s dry cleaning service. For just KWD1.00 you can get your dishdasha picked up, dry cleaned, and re-delivered to you within 24 hours. To book your Laundryheap service head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.