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State of Kuwait | Dawlat al Kuwayt
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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
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: Wed-July-27 00:45
Local Time = UTC +3h
Country Calling Code: +965
Capital City: Kuwait (pop. about 238 000)
Ahmadi, Jahra, Fahaheel.
Type: Constitutional Hereditary Amirate (Constitutional monarchy)
Independence: 19 June 1961
Constitution: approved and promulgated 11 November 1962.
Location: Middle East, in the northwestern corner of the Arabian, or Persian Gulf.
Area: 17.820 km² (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.
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 KuwaitMajlis al Umma
The Kuwait National Assembly.
Ministry of Communications
Ministry of Information
Official site of the Ministry (in Arabic).
State of Kuweit gateway to government services.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Official site of the Ministry (in Arabic).
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.
Central Statistical Office, Ministry of Planning
Map of Kuwait
Political map of Kuwait.
Google Earth Kuwait
Searchable map and satellite view of Kuwait.
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.
Map of Western Asia
Map of Western Asia and the Middle East region.
Kuwait NewsKuwait News Agency - KUNA
Only for registered users.
Kuwait Times Newspaper
National and international news.
Kuwait Multimedia Center Daily News from Radio Kuwait. (in Arabic)
Kuwait News. (in Arabic)
Daily News from Kuwait. (in Arabic)
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Arts & CultureHala 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.
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Business & EconomyCentral 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 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
Kuwait Airways Corporation, serves destinations in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Asia and USA.
Kuwait International Airport
Country GuidesKuwait 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.
The Municipality of Kuwait.
Hotels in Kuwait
Find a Hotel in Kuwait.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
EducationThe Public Authority for Applied Education & Training
Kuwait higher education since1966.
Environment & NatureEnvironment Public Authority (EPA)
Prepares and applies public policy for the protection of environment and prepare strategies and action plans to achieve sustainable development.
Kuwait's History by Kuwait Information Office.
History of Kuwait
Overview of Kuwait's history by the Embassy of Kuwait in Japan.
Bazar scene at al Souq
Additional Information on KuwaitBBC News Country Profile: Kuwait
Open Directory Project: Kuwait
The CIA World Factbook -- Kuwait
Other countries and territories in the Middle East
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