Kuwait is located in the north western corner of the Arabian Gulf (Geographic co — ordinates: 29° 30’N, 45° 45′ E). Covering a total area of 17,818km (6,88, square miles), it has 290km of coastline along the Arabian Gulf to east and shares a 240km border with Iraq to the north and 250km border with Saudi Arabia to the south and southwest. Nine islands are located off the coast of Kuwait – Failka, Bubiyan, Miskan, Umm Almaradim, Umm Alnamel, Kubbar, Qaruah, and Warba.
3 Million approx. (Kuwait Census, 2005)
Kuwait City is the Capital (Population approx 1.25 million). Other major centers are Samliya, Hawalli, Farwaniyah, Fahaheel, Jahra, Ahmadi and Mubark alkabeer.
Kuwait is divided into six governorates:
Al-Asimah, Hawalli, Farwaniyah, Ahmadi, Mubarak Alkabeer and Jahra.
Most of Kuwait is flat desert, reaching a maximum elevation of 306m above sea level near the western border with Saudi Arabia.
Kuwait enjoy long summer and short winter. Temperatures during the high summer month (June/July/August) may rise to around 50° temperatures (December/January/February) average a cool 8° with rain from January to March. Spring and autumn are especially pleasant.
Fixed Holidays: New Year’s Day(1 January):National Day (25 February);Liberation Day (26 February). Holidays Based on Islamic Calendar (lunar):Birth of the prophet Mohammed; Isra’a Wal Ma’araj; New Hijri Year; Eid Al fitr (3 days),Eid Al Adha ( 4 days).
All Visitors Except GCC nationals Require an entry visa. Visas are Obtainable from any Kuwait Embassy or Consulate. For national of certain Countries, visit visas may be obtained on arrival ( see http://www.kuwaitiah.net/ministry.html for a current listing)
The official language is Arabic. English is recognized as second language and widely spoken, especially in the business, banking and retail sectors.
Local time: GMT/UCT +3 hours.
The Kuwaiti Dinar (KD) is the official Currency. 1KD is divided into 1,000 fils. Notes are KD20, KD10, KD5, KD1, KD 0.500, KD0.250. Coins are 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 fils. ATM accepting international cashcards are widely available and major credit cards are accepted in hotels, shopping malls and restaurants.
Islam is the official religion of Kuwait (85%). There are also churches for Christians residents, Protestants, Greek, Orthodox and Maronite.
Government and public offices work Sunday through Thursday with the working day usually starting at 7 am and ending at 2 am. Private sector hours vary form company to company. Shop open from 8 am to 1 am and 4 pm to 9 pm every day.
the supply is 220-240 volt, AC at 50 Cycle, Single phase. American-made appliances may need a transformer.
Getting to/from the Airport
A luxury Limousines services (Tel: 1802202) is available, with prices ranging from KD7-KD18 to Kuwait City depending on Kind of car. These operate from a dedicate pick up zone outside the Arrivals Hall.
Taxis pick up from the Kerbside Outside the Arrival Hall, and the fare to Kuwait City is approximately KD5.
many hotels operate a 24-hour courtesy shuttle to/from Kuwait International Airport