The kandura is the most traditional dress in UAE and it is the symbol of pride and identity. It is a long white cloak with full sleeves with no collar. Because the kandura is all white, the dirt and stains will be more visible but in this blog, we’ve compiled 3 tips for taking care of your kandura.Continue reading
Bahrain is a wonderful country that is enriched with culture, architecture, history, and delicious food. Because it is an island country with no land borders, Bahrain is a hidden gem that is worth exploring! If you are thinking of visiting, here are the key Bahrain travel tips for you!
Read Government Website
The past two years have seen some unprecedented times in our lifetime. Plans are constantly changing. To be on the safe side, frequently check the UK and Bahrani government websites to see the latest updates on travel restrictions, requirements etc. Finding out the country’s rules on masks and social distancing should be at the top of your priorities.
When To Visit Bahrain
Bahrain has a very hot climate. If you’re not so keen on the heat, visit between November to March. While the weather still will be hot, it won’t be as high as the other periods of the year.
If you do love Formula 1 and want to visit for the Bahrain Grand Prix, March and April will be the time to visit but make sure you stay hydrated, it will be very hot!
If you are on a budget, we recommend visiting Bahrain in January as that’s generally the cheapest time to fly.
It’s compulsory for anyone travelling with a UK passport to get a valid Bahrain visa. You may think this will be time-consuming but worry not, Bahrain now uses an electronic visa system known as the Evisa! The best thing about Evisa is that you can apply online – through your laptop or phone – which saves you the hassle of going to the Embassy. Just make sure you apply 3 days before your trip.
Bahrain uses the Bahraini Dinar (BHD). To get a brief idea of how this compares with the British Pound Sterling, one Bahraini Dinar equals 2.26 pounds. This is an important Bahraini travel tip as currency information helps you to plan your trip better!
Having The Correct Adaptor
A tourist’s worst nightmare is going to a country and not having the correct adaptor to charge their low-battery phone.
This is why out of all the Bahrain travel tips, knowing what adaptor to use is essential.
Some go to Bahrain for a holiday while others visit for business reasons. If you are the latter, getting the right adaptor is fundamental in case you need to use your work laptop.
Bahrain currently uses the plug type G; this has three rectangular pins, and it operates on 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Taxis are usually the best way to get around in Bahrain. They are quick, convenient, and efficient with their service. Taxi drivers usually have a meter inside their car so keep an eye on it as you are being transferred to your location.
Bahrain also has a steady network of public buses that run from 6 am to 9 pm.
Laundryheap Services Are Available
If you are staying for a while and the laundry is piling up, here is a travel tip; just book a laundry service that does the laundry work for you!
Yes, that’s right – Laundryheap is available to book in Bahrain! If you need your laundry to be done, just get in touch with us and we’ll clean your clothes and return them back to your hotel within 24 hours!
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 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.
Qatar is a country in the Middle East, home to 2.8 million people. Here are some fun facts that you may not have known about it.
- The wealthiest country in the world
- A flat country
- City dwellers
- No rainforest
- Natural disasters
- Robot camel racing
- A population of men
- The best airline
- Lamp bear
- 2022 world cup
The wealthiest country in the world
Qatar’s per capita GDP is $130,475, making it the richest country in the world. The second richest country is Luxembourg, with a per capita of $116,808.
A flat country
You won’t find any hills or mountains in Qatar. The average elevation is 28 meters, making it the second flattest country in the world. The first is the Maldives.
Doha, the capital city of Qatar, is one of the most urbanised places in the world. 99% of people live in the city or surrounding towns.
Qatar is made up of mostly desert. Only 5% of the land is used for agriculture. As such, it is one of the four territories with no rainforest. The other countries are San Marino, Greenland, and Oman.
According to the World Risk Report, Qatar is the least likely country for a natural disaster to occur. In fact, there is a 0.1% chance of an earthquake occurring in Qatar.
Robot camel racing
A population of men
Qatar is home to around 2.8 million people, however, only around 700,000 of them are women.
The best airline
Qatar’s airline, aptly named Qatar Airways, has won ‘The Best Airline of the Year’ award five times at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. It is the only airline in history to have achieved this.
As soon as you touchdown in Hamad International Airport you are greeted with the friendly presence of Lamp Bear. Lamp Bear is an art installation by Swiss artist Urs Fischer. The piece cost roughly $6.8 million.
2022 world cup
In 2022 Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup, making it the first World Cup to be hosted in the Arab World and only the second world cup to be held in Asia. In addition to this, it is the smallest nation by land size to ever host the world cup.
If you are residing, or travelling, in Qatar, don’t let laundry get in your way. Book your Laundryheap service by heading to the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app.