Middle East, bordering the Arabian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia
Petroleum, fish natural gas
The Kuwaiti Dinar (KD) is divided into 1,000 fils
Emergency telephone number
Government : Saturday to Thursday, 7.00am to 2.00pm
Private Sector: Times vary, usually Sunday to Thursday, half day Saturday
Banks: Sunday to Thursday, 8.00am to 1.00pm (some banks are open for custom afternoons 5.00pm to 7.00pm)
220/240 volts AC, 50 cycles 3-phase
Desert climate; long hot and dry summers with short, mild winters when there is occasional rainfall. Sandstorms may occur in the summer months, though this has not been a recent phenomenon. Humidity may occasionally reach high levels during these months.
Arabic is the official language. English is widely spoken among most inhabitants. There is also few minorities speaking Indian, French and German.
The state of Kuwait became independent in 1963 anf joined the Un in 1963.
Before the discovery of oil, the people of Kuwiat relied on pearl diving and business travelling using wooden boats and ships in the Arabian Gulf. Most of Kuwait's business ties were made with India, where they used to sell their pearls to buy goods to sell back in Kuwait and other gulf countries. Before the existence of the official Kuwaiti Dinnar, Kuwait used the Indian Robbiyah as their official currency.
Kuwait is administratively divided into six governorates; The Capital, Hawally, Mubarak Al-Kabeer, Al-Ahmadi, Al-Farwaniya and Al-Jahraa.