Kuwait is a dry country and there were no exceptions in the Pearl Lounge, upstairs past security and passport control at KWI (an additional security check would occur at the gate). I had not eaten during my jaunt into Kuwait City, but was still full from my large pre-arrival meal on United so I skipped the generous food offerings—primarily Indian it appeared.
What I did find appealing, and perhaps got carried away drinking, was the fresh strawberry and mango juice—nothing but pure squeezed fruit and it was delicious and refreshing. 20 glasses later, I decided I must exert some self-control, also wishing to avoid a sugar high…
The lounge has was spacious and never got crowded during my two hour stay. The main part of the lounge is comprised of blue chairs with small tables between them but there is a dining area as well near all the food. Showers and a smoking room as well. I spent most of my time on the other side of the lounge in the work area, a mix of desks with a few desktop computers.
Internet was slow, but stable. Not fast enough for a Skype call, but did get a couple tickets booked, including my new flight from Istanbul to Baku.
The lounge had a library/book exchange at the entrance and a staff of three that was friendly and would make flight announcements, including for my Turkish flight.
If you like fresh fruit juice, this is your lounge. If you’re looking for alcohol, better to avoid Kuwait. Overall, a very pleasant rest stop on the way to Istanbul and far better than any domestic U.S. lounge in terms of food availability.
Read the rest of my trip report to the Caucasus!
Thrown Off a United Airlines Flight for Taking Pictures!
Washington Dulles to Kuwait City in United Airlines BusinessFirst
Six Hours in Kuwait City
Pearl Lounge – Kuwait International Airport
Kuwait City to Istanbul in Turkish Airlines Economy Class
Istanbul to Baku in Azerbaijan Airlines Economy Class
Baku – A City of Illusions?
Review: Park Hyatt Baku
Baku Metro (Pictures)
Overnight Train from Baku to Tbilisi, Georgia
Pictures: One Day in Tbilisi, Georgia
Overnight Train from Tbilisi to Yerevan, Armenia
Feeling at Home in Yerevan
Yerevan to Istanbul in Armavia Economy Class
The Flight Home from Istanbul…