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Destination Kuwait, an oil rich, family-run emirate in the Middle East, situated on the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the northwestern corner of the Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf).
Location Map of Kuwait
Countries with international borders to Kuwait are Iraq and Saudi Arabia and the country shares maritime borders with Iran. Kuwait owns nine islands, the largest are Bubiyan and Al-Warbah, situated off the coast of the mainland.
With an area of 17,818 km² it is slightly smaller than twice the size of Cyprus, or about twice the size of Puerto Rico.
Kuwait has a population of 3.7 million inhabitants, about one-third are Kuwaiti nationals, the rest are expatriates and foreigners. Capital city of the emirate is Kuwait (City). Spoken language is Arabic. The official religion in Kuwait is Islam.
State of Kuwait | Dawlat al Kuwayt
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.
The Arab states of the Persian Gulf also known as the Gulf States: Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, 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, kwt
Actual Time: Sat-Feb-16 22:37
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: 17,818 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: 3.7 million, including non-Kuwaiti citizens (2014).
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 - commodities: oil and refined products, fertilizers
Exports - partners: South Korea 14.5%, China 12.1%, India 12.1%, Japan 10.4%, US 7.6%, Pakistan 5.9%, Singapore 4.3% (2015)
Imports - commodities: food, construction materials, vehicles and parts, clothing
Imports - partners: China 13.2%, US 9.6%, Saudi Arabia 7.7%, Japan 6.5%, Germany 5.1%, France 4.3%, India 4.2% (2015)
Currency: Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)
Kuwait is a constitutional emirate with a semi-democratic political system. The country is ruled by a hereditary emir, who can pass laws by decree when parliament is not in session and can veto legislation. The emir selects the prime minister and the cabinet is subject to his approval. He can also dismiss government ministers and dissolve parliament.
Top positions in the cabinet, such as the prime minister, interior, defense and foreign affairs, are traditionally held by members of the emir's Al-Sabah family.
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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’s government aggressively cracks down on free speech, using provisions in the constitution, the national security law, and other legislation to stifle political dissent, as well as passing new legislation criminalizing or increasing penalties for various forms and means of expression. (HRW)
Kuwait Government News
Official news from Kuwait.
Kuwait News Agency - KUNA
KUNA is an official state news wire service based in Kuwait.
Kuwait Times Newspaper
National and international news.
Kuwaiti daily newspaper. (in Arabic)
Kuwait News. (in Arabic)
Kuwaiti daily newspaper. (in Arabic)
Daily News from Kuwait. (in Arabic)
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Arts & Culture
Kuwait Cultural Office
The Cultural Office of the Embassy of the State of Kuwait.
Hala February Festival
Kuwait's celebrations of the National and Independence Days.
Celebration calendar and locations-
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 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
© Kuwait Information Office
Kuwait City at night
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Country GuidesDiscover Kuwait:
Kuwait Towers (water towers), Wall of Kuwait Gates - Al Jahra Gate (Kuwait's old city walls with gates), Souq Al Mubarakeya (souq), Youm Al Bahar Village (traditional wind-tower architecture with craft workshops), Kuwait Liberation Tower (telecommunications tower), Kuwait Grand Mosque (largest mosque in town), Failaka Island (a planned vacation paradise).
Tourism in Kuwait
Kuwait government information about tourism in Kuwait.
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.
The Public Authority for Applied Education & Training (PAAET)
Academic institute in Kuwait.
Kuwait higher education since1966. The public university has with six campuses offering programs in sciences, engineering, humanities, medical and social sciences.
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.
Kuwait's History from independence to Kuwait today.
History of Kuwait
Overview of Kuwait's history by Wikipedia.
Sources and additional Information on Kuwait
Country Profile: Kuwait
Other countries and territories in the Middle East
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