Our host city Kuwait

Kuwait is a fascinating mix of openness to the West and Arab values. The capital, Kuwait City, is a thriving metropolis, which is full of the expected luxury hotels, high-rise office buildings and designer shops, but the country is also home to intricately detailed mosques and palaces.

It has grown from a nation of pearl divers and merchants into one of the world’s leading oil exporters and a hub for a vibrant private sector with renowned brands across the regional business footprint.

Some of the key sectors / businesses:

  • Retail: Alshaya, an international retail franchise operator manages, owns and operates 70+ international brands and 2,600 outlets in the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe.
  • Food: Americana’s main lines of business are operating food & beverage outlets, as well as manufacturing food products. With a network of over 1,480 outlets, it is not only the largest operator of restaurant chains in the MENA region , but also one of the most successful franchise operators in the whole world.
  • Financial: NBK, among the largest financial intuitions in Kuwait and the region, with more than 163 branches worldwide.
  • Media: OSN, the leading pay TV network across the MENA region.
  • Telecom: Zain has commercial presence in 8 countries across the Middle East and North Africa with about 46.5 million customers.
  • Logistics: Agility, a publicly traded global logistics company headquartered in Kuwait.
  • Hospitality: Safir International, a Kuwaiti owned luxury hotel chain in the Arab world.
  • Investment: KIPCO, a premier investment holding company in the  (MENA) region, with consolidated assets of US$ 32 billion. The Group has significant ownership interests in a portfolio of over 60 companies operating across 24 countries. The group’s main business sectors are financial services, media, real estate and manufacturing.

This heritage has not however been forgotten; important traditions and the country’s culture is woven into day-to-day life. Kuwaitis are warm, hospitable and very friendly, making for a memorable stay.

Kuwait offers a surprising amount of attractions for such a small country and also boasts a developed tourist infrastructure, which offers world-class hospitality and service. Kuwait City is home to many manmade tourist attractions such as the Kuwait Towers, Liberation Tower and many museums, but it is outside the capital city where you can really experience and appreciate the country’s beauty.

Shopping opportunities are in abundance, with ancient souks selling traditional wares and sprawling malls selling the latest consumer products. The range and variety is endless and products are very good value for money.