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  • Kuwait plays catch-up - 1 of 10

    Kuwait plays catch-up

    Travel Weekly Destinations Editor Kenneth Kiesnoski recently visited Kuwait City, inspecting the new Hotel Missoni and investigating the country's potential as a stable tourism magnet in a strife-ridden Middle East. Pictured here, Kuwait City waterfront and skyline.

  • Kuwait plays catch-up - 2 of 10

    Kuwait plays catch-up

    Another view of the Kuwait City waterfront and skyline.

  • Kuwait plays catch-up - 3 of 10

    Kuwait plays catch-up

    Kuwait City's Hotel Missoni, a collaboration between the Italian fashion house and Brussels-based Rezidor Hotel Group, opened in March. Pictured here, the sundeck and pool, sporting signature Missoni stripes.

  • Kuwait plays catch-up - 4 of 10

    Kuwait plays catch-up

    The living room of a suite at the Hotel Missoni. TW photo by Kenneth Kiesnoski

  • Kuwait plays catch-up - 5 of 10

    Kuwait plays catch-up

    The three iconic Kuwait Towers, the tallest measuring nearly 615 feet high, were heavily damaged during Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Today, the 32-year-old towers have been restored but are dwarfed by the newer skyscrapers springing up in Kuwait City. TW photo by Kenneth Kiesnoski

  • Kuwait plays catch-up - 6 of 10

    Kuwait plays catch-up

    The lobby at the Hotel Missoni. TW photo by Kenneth Kiesnoski

  • Kuwait plays catch-up - 7 of 10

    Kuwait plays catch-up

    A vendor of Middle Eastern sweets at Kuwait City's labyrinthine Old Souk, by Grand Mosque. TW photo by Kenneth Kiesnoski

  • Kuwait plays catch-up - 8 of 10

    Kuwait plays catch-up

    The revolving "viewing sphere" of the Kuwait Towers offers views from 404 feet above ground and, with admission priced at 1 dinar, is one of Kuwait's more affordable diversions. TW photo by Kenneth Kiesnoski

  • Kuwait plays catch-up - 9 of 10

    Kuwait plays catch-up

    Kuwait City boasts several world-class, luxury indoor shopping centers, such as 360, Sharq Mall and, above, the Avenues.

  • Kuwait plays catch-up - 10 of 10

    Kuwait plays catch-up

    A traditional minaret in downtown Kuwait City finds a hypermodern echo in the more distant, 1,220-foot Liberation Tower telecommunications spire, opened in 1993. TW photo by Kenneth Kiesnoski

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