World Travelling Guide
World Travelling Guide



Accommodation in Southern Africa and South Africa including accommodation in Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Gauteng, Limpopo Province, North West Province, Free State, Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga

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Kuwait Travelling Guide
Kuwait Travelling Guide

General background: Kuwait was attacked and overrun by Iraq on 2 August 1990. Following several weeks of aerial bombardment, a US-led UN coalition 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.

Area comparative: Slightly smaller than New Jersey

Climate: Dry desert; intensely hot summers; short, cool winters

Terrain: Flat to slightly undulating desert plain

Population: 2,111,561

Ethnic groups: Kuwaiti 45%, other Arab 35%, South Asian 9%, Iranian 4%, other 7%

Religions: Muslim 85% (Sunni 70%, Shi'a 30%), Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%

Language: Arabic (official), English widely spoken

Government type: Nominal constitutional monarchy

Capital: Kuwait

Legal system: Civil law system with Islamic law significant in personal matters; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.

Economic overview: Kuwait is a small, rich, relatively open economy with proved crude oil reserves of 94 billion barrels - 10% of world reserves. Petroleum accounts for nearly half of GDP, 90% of export revenues, and 75% of government income. Kuwait's climate limits agricultural development. Consequently, with the exception of fish, it depends almost wholly on food imports. About 75% of potable water must be distilled or imported. Higher oil prices put the FY99/00 budget into a $2 billion surplus. The FY00/01 budget covers only nine months because of a change in the fiscal year. The budget for FY01/02 envisioned higher expenditures for salaries, construction, and other general categories. Kuwait continues its discussions with foreign oil companies to develop fields in the northern part of the country.

Communication/Telephone system:
The quality of service is excellent.

Places of interest:

Travel tips:
Kuwait is generally safe and secure, but nevertheless visitors are advised to avoid demonstrations and political gatherings wherever possible.