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Kuwait

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A country of the northeast Arabian Peninsula at the head of the Persian Gulf.

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Kuwait

  1. 1. Tony Hamlet
  2. 2. Introduction • Kuwait is an Arab country in Western Asia • Capital - Kuwait City • Emir - Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah • Currency - Kuwaiti dinar (highest-valued currency unit in the world) • Major Banks - National Bank of Kuwait - Kuwait Finance House - Gulf Bank - Burgan Bank • National Airline- Kuwait Airways • Exchange Value - USA : 3.44 - India: 212.66
  3. 3. KUWAIT • GDP by sector - Agriculture (0.3%), - Industry (50.6), - Services (49.1%) • Inflation (CPI) - 2.5% • Unemployment -3.4% • University - One Public and 14 Private • Main Industries- Petroleum, petrochemicals, cement, ship building and repair, food processing, construction materials. • Kuwait has registered 272 patents • Prominent English dailies- Kuwait Times, Arab Times, and Al-Watan Daily
  4. 4. Quick Facts • Population - 4 million • Ethnic groups - Kuwaiti 45%, other Arab 35%, South Asian 9%, Iranian 4%, others 7% • Religions - Muslim 85% (Sunni 45%, Shia 40%), Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and others 15% • Language - Arabic (official) • Bordering Nations - Iraq, Saudi Arabia
  5. 5. Export and Import • Main export partners- South Korea 16.0% India 15.7% Japan 13.4% United States 11.7%, China 9.2%, • Main import partners United States 11.8% China 9.2% Saudi Arabia 8.3% Japan 8.2% South Korea 7.0%
  6. 6. Etiquette • Social Greet elders in the house first to show respect for them It is offensive to hit your right fist into your left palm “ OK ” sign represents the “evil eye” It is disrespectful to point your finger at someone • Business Kuwaiti colleagues prefer to meet in the early evening Repeating your main points shows that you are telling the truth
  7. 7. Kuwait Tower (Landmark)
  8. 8. History
  9. 9. History • Kuwait was inhabited by a few fishermen and primarily functioned as a fishing village. • Kuwait was the centre of boat building in the Gulf region. • Kuwait was the Marseilles of the Persian Gulf. As its population was good natured, mixed, and vicious. • It was the outlet from the north to the Gulf, merchants from Bombay and Tehran, Indians, Syrians from Aleppo and Damascus, Armenians, Turks and Jews, traders from all the East, and some Europeans came to Kuwait.
  10. 10. History • By 1952, the country became the largest oil exporter in the Persian Gulf region. • In June 1961, Kuwait became independent with the end of the British protectorate. • Kuwait was the first Gulf country to establish a constitution and parliament (1963). • In August 1990, Iraqi forces invaded and annexed Kuwait.
  11. 11. Climate • Kuwait is typically hot and humid • The temperature in Kuwait during summer is above 25 (77 F). The highest recorded temperature was 54.4 (129.9 F) which is the highest of any Middle Eastern country.
  12. 12. Culture • Kuwaiti culture has been influenced by the cultures of Arabia, Persia, India and Britain.
  13. 13. Politics • Kuwait is a constitutional monarchy and has the oldest directly elected parliament among the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. • Legislative power is vested in the National Assembly parliament and Emir in accordance with the Constitution of Kuwait. • A cabinet of ministers aid the Prime Minister. • Kuwait ranks among the Middle East's freest countries in civil liberties and political rights.
  14. 14. Politics • Kuwaiti women has the right to vote. • Kuwait has the highest rate of local female labour participation in the Gulf region. • Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaiti men cannot transmit their citizenship to their children. • In 2011, Kuwait was ranked highest of all Arab countries in gender equality in the Human Development Report's Gender Inequality Index.
  15. 15. Healthcare • Public Hospitals Expatriates wanting to access public healthcare in Kuwait need to have a medical card, which they will be given on presentation of their Civil ID card when registering at their nearest hospital or clinic. • Private Hospitals Expats are not subject to restrictions at these facilities. Although private healthcare fees are regulated by the government.
  16. 16. Education • Kuwait has one public university and 14 private universities. • There are 3 levels of primary education: 1. Elementary 2. Intermediate 3. Secondary • All children are required to complete the elementary and intermediate levels • Public schools are segregated by sex • Many Kuwaitis choose to enroll their children in private schools
  17. 17. Sports and Entertainment

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