Kuwait, in the crib of one of the most ancient and contested corners of the world, has a certain distinction. For a start, it may be just as oil rich as other Gulf countries, but it hasn't gone for the glitz and glamour in quite the same way – perhaps it's the years lost to the Iraqi incursion and its consequences, or maybe it's a conscious decision not to sell its soul to the gods of commercialism. And Kuwait lies just far enough away from those self-same. Gulf travels nucleus to the south to mean that tourists and expats are fewer here. A more realistically Arab feels to the country. At the same time, Kuwait remnants an haven in a land of desert plains, and has outstanding museums, a fine essence and a cornice of combed beaches and lively restaurants. It all adds up to what could be the Gulf's most intriguing destination..