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Kuwait Towers
Kuwait City, Kuwait Towers
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State of Kuwait | Dawlat al Kuwayt

Country Profile


Kuwait Flag
Flag of Kuwait

Background:
Nominally a province of the Ottoman Empire, ruled from Constantinople from the 16th century until the latter part of the 19th century. In that time Sheikh Mubarak Al Sabah or "Mubarak the Great" (r.1896-1915) enters into an agreement with Great Britain, which effectively established Kuwait as an autonomous British protectorate with a semi-autonomous position for the country.
Mid-1930s Kuwait began the development of its petroleum industry, the basis of the country's modern prosperity. On June 19, 1961 Kuwait gained full independence from Britain and in 1963 it became a member of the United Nations.
Kuwait's sovereignty were critically threatened when Iraq invaded and occupied Kuwait on August 2, 1990, claiming that Kuwait was harming Iraq economically by refusing to reduce its oil production. Many Kuwaitis were forced to flee to Saudi Arabia and other countries. Following several weeks of aerial bombardment, an international coalition of 30 states, led by the United States began a ground assault on 23 February 1991 that completely liberated Kuwait in four days. Kuwait has spent more than $5 billion to repair oil infrastructure damaged during 1990-91.


border countries: Iraq, Saudi Arabia

other Gulf States: Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Kuwait is a member state of the League of Arab States
 
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Official Name:
Dawlat al Kuwayt
local short form: Al Kuwayt
Int'l long form: State of Kuwait
Int'l short form: Kuwait
formerly: Qurain (before the 17th century).

ISO Country Code: kw

Actual Time: Fri-Nov-28  17:19
Local Time = UTC +3h

Country Calling Code: +965

Capital City: Kuwait (pop. about 238 000)

Other Towns:
Ahmadi, Jahra, Fahaheel.

Government:
Type: Constitutional Hereditary Amirate (Constitutional monarchy)
Independence: 19 June 1961
Constitution: approved and promulgated 11 November 1962.

Geography:
Location: Middle East, in the northwestern corner of the Arabian, or Persian Gulf.
Area: 17.820 kmĀ² (about 6.880 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Flat sandy desert; no rivers or mountains.

Climate: Intensely hot and dry in summers; short, cool winters with limited rain.

People:
Nationality: Kuwaiti(s)
Population: 3.3 million, including non-Kuwaiti citizens (2008).
GNI per capita PPP: $ 16,297 (year)
Ethnic groups: Kuwaitis 1 million (30% of total), Arab, South Asian, Iranian, Southeast Asian.
Religion: Islam 85% (most Kuwaiti citizens are Muslim).
Languages: Arabic (official); English widely spoken.
Literacy: male 82%, female 75%.

Natural resources: Petroleum, fish, shrimp, natural gas.

Agriculture products: Practically no crops; fish.

Industries: Petroleum, petrochemicals, desalination, food processing, construction materials.

Exports partners: Japan 21.3%, South Korea 14.9%, USA 11.5%, Singapore 9.8%, Taiwan 9.3% (2003)

Imports partners: USA 14.7%, Japan 10.3%, Germany 9.6%, China 6.6%, UK 6.1%, Saudi Arabia 5.5%, Italy 5%, France 4.2% (2003)

Currency: Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)

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Official Sites of Kuwait

Majlis al Umma
The Kuwait National Assembly.

Ministry of Communications

Ministry of Information
Official site of the Ministry (in Arabic).


Kuwait E-Government
State of Kuweit gateway to government services.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Official site of the Ministry (in Arabic).

Diplomatic Missions
The Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the UN
Kuwait's representation to the United Nations.
Embassy of Kuwait
Embassy of Kuwait Japan.
Embassies in Kuwait
Foreign Embassies in Kuwait.


Statistics
Central Statistical Office, Ministry of Planning


Maps
Map of Kuwait
Political map of Kuwait.
Google Earth Google Earth Kuwait
Searchable map and satellite view of Kuwait.
Google Earth Google Earth Kuwait-City
Searchable map and satellite view of the emirate's capital city.

Map of Northern Africa and the Middle East
Political Map of of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East.
profile Map of Western Asia
Map of Western Asia and the Middle East region.
 

Kuwait News

Kuwait News Agency - KUNA
Only for registered users.
Kuwait Times Newspaper
National and international news.
Radio Kuwait
Kuwait Multimedia Center Daily News from Radio Kuwait. (in Arabic)
Al Qabas
Kuwait News. (in Arabic)
AlWatan
Daily News from Kuwait. (in Arabic)
 

 

Arts & Culture

Hala February Festival
Kuwait's celebrations of the National and Independence Days.
Kuwait Society for Formative Arts
Non-profit institution for the art and artists of Kuwait.
National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters
Arts and culture. (in Arabic)
Tareq Rajab Museum
Collection of Islamic arts: calligraphy, pottery, metalwork, glass, wood, ivory and jade carvings as well as textiles, embroideries and jewellery of the Islamic world.
 

 

Business & Economy

Central Bank of Kuwait
National Bank of Kuwait (NBK)
Kuwait Stock Exchange

Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Kuwait International Fair
Kuwait's first and largest exhibition center.
Kuwait Investment Authority

__Kuwait Products
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC)
Umbrella organization to manage Kuwaits oil interests.
Kuwait National Petroleum Co. KNPC)
Government owned shareholder company.
Kuwait Oil Co. (K.S.C.)
The only oil producing company in Kuwait.
Kuwait Petroleum International Limited KPI
More Petrol.

__Transportation
Kuwait Airways
Kuwait Airways Corporation, serves destinations in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Asia and USA.
Kuwait International Airport
 
 

Country Guides

Kuwait Information
A travel and tourism portal to Kuwait.

Kuwait Information Office
A Kuwait portal with country information, a Kuwait directory, and Kuwait news.
Kuwait Information Office - USA
US based Kuwait site with comprehensive information about Kuwait.

City Guide
Kuwait (City)
The Municipality of Kuwait.

Hotels
Hotels in Kuwait
Find a Hotel in Kuwait.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Education

The Public Authority for Applied Education & Training
Kuwait University
Kuwait higher education since1966.
 
 

Environment & Nature

Environment Public Authority (EPA)
Prepares and applies public policy for the protection of environment and prepare strategies and action plans to achieve sustainable development.
 
 

History

Kuwait History
Kuwait's History by Kuwait Information Office.

History of Kuwait
Overview of Kuwait's history by the Embassy of Kuwait in Japan.

 
Bazar al Souq
Bazar scene at al Souq

Additional Information on Kuwait

BBC News Country Profile: Kuwait

Open Directory Project: Kuwait

Wikipedia: Kuwait

The CIA World Factbook -- Kuwait
 
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