• 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
• 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
• 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
Export and Import
• Main export partners-
South Korea 16.0%
United States 11.7%,
• Main import partners
United States 11.8%
Saudi Arabia 8.3%
South Korea 7.0%
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
Kuwaiti colleagues prefer to meet in the early evening
Repeating your main points shows that you are telling the truth
• Kuwait was inhabited by a few fishermen and
primarily functioned as a fishing village.
• Kuwait was the centre of boat building in the Gulf
• 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.
• 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
• 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
• Kuwaiti culture has been influenced by the cultures
of Arabia, Persia, India and Britain.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Kuwait has one public university and 14 private universities.
• There are 3 levels of primary education:
• All children are required to complete the elementary and
• Public schools are segregated by sex
• Many Kuwaitis choose to enroll their children in private