Green Island

Parimita Barooah Bora
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The weather is just right to plan an outdoor get-together with friends and family. Do you need a place to go this weekend? I have a great suggestion; somewhere to take the whole family to: The Green Island.

I had visited it many times and whenever the weather is pleasant we plan out an outing. Last time we visited was when we arranged our yearly building family-picnic. We were fourteen families and everyone one from kids to elders enjoyed it. Every time we visit it, we fall in love again and again with this place. The Green Island in Kuwait is known to be the best place for the people to relax. This famous picnic spot, a family oriented park, is actually a reclaimed land which has been transformed to an artificial island. The location of the Green Island, is near Kuwait Towers, is in the coastline that extends from Al-Shuwaikh to Ras Alard. It was inaugurated on 22 February 1988. This place is owned by T.E.C and is open from 8am to 11pm daily. This island with an area of 785 thousand square meters and diameter of 3140 meters is linked to the sea by a passage, which is 134 meters long. The surrounding natural rocks were brought from Al-Fujairah Emirates. The sides of the Green Island of Kuwait were fortified with concrete, even the sands that you find at the beaches of the Green Island were imported from other countries. You will not believe that you are in a desert country when you are in Green Island, since this place has a riot of colors with the shrubs and seedlings planted here. It’s a long walk to Green Island entrance and also very windy here. So not a favorable place to go in winter evenings. On the right of the entrance, one can play Soap-Football while on the left; there are many inflatable bouncing castles and such for children available in afternoon and evening. You have to pay the entrance fees (500 fills per person) at the door. It's a well worth amount because you can easily spend the whole day at the island. First and foremost, if you are a diehard tanning enthusiast, there is a gorgeous beach which allows you to catch the rays. Although it's not a very long shore, it is long enough to spend a nice relaxing day on the beach. By now you're probably thinking, "How can I have a relaxing day at the beach when my kids will be so bored they will drive me crazy?” Well fear not, there are many activities for your kids to enjoy. There is a fun pool, a kid castle, trampolining, bumper cars and a machine operated high flying swing ride. Also available to all visitors of the Green Island is a tourist tower that you can climb or take the elevator up. This will allow you to see Kuwait from a different angle. The panoramic views form the top of the tower is quit breathtaking. On one side you can see endless water, from the other side you can see the Kuwait towers and from yet another angle of the top of the tower, you can see Kuwait's budding skyscrapers.

It has facilities for everyone from kids to adults too. Don’t forget to take your kids bicycle. But in case you forget, it has facilities, which according to your need you can rent and move around. As my infant daughter was with me, I could not cycle and so my friends gave me a ride in the 4-wheeler cycle. The smaller cycle (1 seater/2-tires)and (2chairs/4wheels) will cost you 500 fills for half an hour and the bigger one (4- wheeler/ 4-seater) will cost you 5KD for an hour. There is also a train available at 250fills per person which will give you a full ride around the Island. The best time to ride the train is in the evening hours or night time. It is a wonderful place to walk where you don't have to worry about cars. There is an amphitheatre where some musical concerts and plays take place. And in the artificial lake one can rent pedalos. It is a very quiet and serene place for couples who want to spend time alone too. And if you want to plan a BBQ picnic, then this place is the best choice. You can take packed food or order it from any restaurant. But it has a good restaurant within its premises. 

Our husbands got busy playing cricket, ladies in cycling or making their kids play in the play-area and bigger kids moved around in their own group. It was nice to see all of us relaxed, playing and enjoying. Our dinner which we ordered from Hotel Kohinoor, at Fahaheel arrived. Even after dinner we felt like staying back for some more time, but it was already 10.30pm and children had school the next day. So had to return, promising to visit again soon.

The Green Island is a perfect place to plan your picnic as it has a good restaurant, good playground for kids, train ride, bicycle rent, good walking path along the beach with Arabic Gulf Street view, and many good points for the outdoor picnic meals. Its green environment adds another color for a picnic in a desert country.

Plan your visit soon and enjoy!
I am sure it will not be a problem to find out Green Island, but still here’s the link to google map which should be much help to the newbie’s

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode =&q=green+island+kuwait&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=34.313287,76.728516&ie=UTF8&hq=Green+Island&hnear=Green+Island,+Arabian+Gulf+St,+Al+Asimah,+Kuwait z=14

Address: Green Island, Arabian Gulf Street, Near Kuwait Towers
Entry Fee: 500 Fils per person
Phone no: 22526153
Time : 8am to 11pm daily

Parimita Barooah Bora is a onetime lecturer and currently she is a stay-at-home mom. Having done her post graduation in English, Education and Travel n Tourism, she taught for few years until her relocation to Kuwait. She likes to share the experiences of her life as a freelance contributor to various newspapers, magazines and websites. Now, as a freelance writer and teaching children in the evenings at home keeps her busy. Member of IWIK Team.
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Amir
Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012

Hi

Just wanted to know if this is only for families or anyone can go....



thnx

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salma
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

hi....thanks for ur lovely details as i m planning a picnic there wz friends nd family i just want to kn than can we carry our own food there nd eat as i heard from some tt u cnt carry food so wht is it can we or no ....ur feedback will help us a lot ,,thanks

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amssok
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

very good place for kids to enjoy nice picnic place

Parimita
Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thank you readers of IIK.Enjoy your outing in Green Island.

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A.Mathur
Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2010

I have visited Kuwait Towers soooo many times but didnot know that such a fantastic place for outing is there nearby.Have to go soon, weather is really perfect for such outing.

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Anmol Choudhury
Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2010

This is one of our favourite place in KUWT to go out with family and friends. When my kids were small we used to frequent in a lot.But now they are in India, studying, but whenever they are here they make it a point to go out with family and friends for a outing.

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Mathew
Posted on Friday, October 15, 2010

the photos and description tells it all....a nice place to relax n enjoy

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Archana
Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2010

my hubby got to know about this space from a friend.We read all the articles. great work i must say of guiding fellow Indians about the various places one can visit in Kuwait.

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krishnakumar
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

heading to green island just after the kids exam gets over.

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Parimita
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thanx a lot Nishrin n Veena.Green Island is a perfect place where the entire family can enjoy.

Enjoy your visit!

veena sarma
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Another G8rt place in Kuwait to enjoy with friends and family.Thnax

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Nishrin H.Kothari
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thank you so much for ur details on green island.U have made me look forward for the weekend, thanks once again I do keep waiting for all the new things that u keep posting. keep up the good work

Parimita
Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thanx a lot for the encouraging comments.

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sunanda
Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Amazing! you have described the place so well..

a very nice place for all sections of ppl to enjoy..n thanks for the post..your post always motivates me to visit those places..so will plan soon..keep wirting.

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abzal
Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010

didnot know there is such a nice place for outing in KUWAIT

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prakash
Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010

we have visited it last year and have enjoyed our picnic there.u have reminded us and made us plan our coming weekend there.

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