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Shopper's Mecca in Kuwait

The Facts: Kuwait

WHERE TO STAY

Hilton Kuwait Resort This 147-room resort on the beach opened in July. Doubles from $255. Al Mangaf, Safat; 800/445-8667 or 011-965/372-5500; www.hilton.com
Le Méridien Kuwait More centrally located than the Hilton. Doubles from $250. Al-Hilali St., Safat; 800/543-4300 or 011-965/245-5550; www.lemeridien-kuwait.com

WHERE TO SHOP

Villa Moda Shuwaikh; 011-965/246-7777
Nooran Traditional veils and scarves. Souk Sharq; 011-965/240-9252
Nafisa This local designer makes clothes inspired by the asymmetrical look of Comme des Garçons. By appointment. Nahla Bldg., Sixth Floor, Salmiya; 011-965/574-3405
Arcadia A dizzying array of home furnishings—including tiles, windows, and carved stone gates salvaged from derelict buildings in Beirut—in a showroom near Villa Moda. Sun City Center, Shuwaikh; 011-965/224-1644 or 011-965/224-1645

WHAT TO DO

Dar al Funoon Local and international art displayed in a Kuwaiti home. House No. 28, Behbehani Compound Al Watiah; 011-965/243-3138
Tareq Rajab Museum The Rajab family's vast personal collection, encompassing everything from pottery to musical instruments. Hawelli; 011-965/531-7358
Scientific Center An Imax theater, an aquarium, and a climate-controlled zoo. Arabian Gulf St., Salmiya; 011-965/848-8888

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