Sports are an important part of Kuwaiti society. There is a wide range
of sporting activities and facilities available throughout the country. Kuwait has six world-class
stadiums, is the headquarters for the Asian Olympic Council and has many recreational sea clubs
or associations. Sea clubs provide various facilities and activities including swimming pools,
sand beaches, playgrounds for many sports, karate classes, marinas for yachts and boats, and
restaurants. Since Kuwait is a coastal country, people enjoy swimming, wind surfing, water skiing,
scuba diving and yachting.
For many Kuwaitis, soccer or, as they call it, football, is the most popular
sport. Like many other Middle East countries, Kuwait has taken to soccer with a passion. It is
played in every school and sport club in the country. There are over 120 soccer fields in the
country. The fortunes of the national team are watched with keen interest.
Traditional sports such as horse racing and falconry are still practised
Kuwaitis spend much of their free time socializing with family members and
friends. Diwaniya is a place separate from the main house that is usually used by men for socializing.
Diwaniya is known throughout the Arabian Peninsula. It continues to be significant in the lives
of most Kuwaitis. Diwaniya sessions occur regularly, usually weekly. The atmosphere in
the Diwaniya is reminiscent of late night relaxing in a desert tent, and resembles a social club.
Visitors are offered refreshments. They engage in discussions of politics and life, or enjoy
various forms of entertainment, such as watching television and videos, playing cards, discussing
family and neighbourhood affairs, or simply sitting in friendly silence.
Did you know? |
Falconry is an ancient sport in which birds of prey hunt animals and other birds. The birds are
trained to swoop down on their prey from great height with tremendous speed. They then return
to their master.