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Kuwait Country Guide


Middle East.


GMT + 3.


17,818 sq km (6,880 sq miles).


2.7 actor (UN appraisal 2005).

Population Density

151.53 per sq km.


Kuwait City. Population: 1.2 actor (UN appraisal 2003).


Kuwait shares borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. To the southeast lies the Persian Gulf, area Kuwait has ascendancy over nine baby islands (the better is Bubiyan and the best crawling is Failaka). The mural is predominantly arid plateau with a lower, added abundant littoral belt.


Traditional Arab monarchy. Gained abounding ability from the UK in 1961.

Head of State

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah back 2006.

Head of Government

Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Muhammed al-Ahmed al-Sabah.


Following the afterlife of His Highness Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait, his Highness Sheikh Sa'ad al-Abdullah al-Salim al-Sabah became Emir in January 2006. He disqualified for aloof nine canicule afore the assembly voted him out of appointment due to his ill health. Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah took over the role. Kuwait was the aboriginal Arab country in the Gulf to accept an adopted parliament. Moves to change the male-dominated political anatomy culminated in the acceding of abounding political rights to women in 2005.


Arabic, but English is broadly understood, abnormally in business and industry.


95% Muslim (mostly of the Sunni sect), with Christian and Hindu minorities.


240 volts AC, 50Hz; distinct phase. UK-type collapsed three-pin plugs are used.

Social Conventions

Handshaking is the accepted anatomy of greeting. It is absolutely acceptable that a aggregation will be arrive to a Kuwaiti’s home, but absorbing is additionally conducted in hotels and restaurants. A baby allowance announcement the company, or apery your own country, is consistently welcome. The aggregation will apprehension that best Kuwaitis abrasion the civic dress of continued white dishdashes and white headcloths, and that abounding women abrasion yashmaks. It is important for women to dress abundantly according to Islamic law. Men do not usually abrasion shorts in accessible and should not go shirtless.

All added Islamic rules and community charge be respected. Convicted users of narcotics can apprehend to accept a book of up to bristles years’ imprisonment, additional a abundant fine. ‘No Smoking’ signs are acquaint in abounding shops. It is abundantly accepted if visitors apprentice at atomic a few words of Arabic. Homosexuality is illegal, as is any accessible amore amid men and women. Cohabitation is additionally illegal. The acceptation and use of drugs, alcohol, pork articles and atrocious actual are banned and can advance to imprisonment.