Kuwait is situated in the northern edge of Eastern Arabia at the tip of the Persian Gulf. Our guide to running in Kuwait is mainly focused on Kuwait City, where 85% of the country’s population of 4.5 million resides.
The best place to run in Kuwait City is along the Corniche, or waterfront promenade. It’s 13 km between the Scientific Center (Aquarium) and Kuwait Towers, with a nice 2 km add-on loop around Green Park. The other popular running spots in Kuwait City are two modest-sized parks: Al Shaheed Park, a contemporary green space with running trails, and Boulevard Park, adjacent to the Boulevard Mall in the upscale Salmiya area. In the Mubarak Al-Abdullah section of Kuwait City (southern area), one decent option for running is the 3.5 km Mishref Pedestrian Walkway. There’s also a publicly accessible running track at Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium. Although Kuwait City has numerous public beaches, most are fairly small and aren’t conducive to a run of at least 2 km (our minimum qualifier for a beach run!). For those who want to do some trail running in the desert, we recommend a guide for that.
Runners should note that Kuwait’s summer temperatures are some of the hottest on earth, with average high temps in the 45C (113F) range. There can also be sandstorms in June and July. The winter months are pleasant, with daytime highs in the 18-20C (65-68 range). Nights can be cool – a layer might be needed from November to March. It’s s dry climate, with half of the 80mm (3.5 inches) of annual rainfall occurring from November-February.