Top Ten Kuwaiti Attractions

Top Ten Kuwaiti Attractions

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       Kuwaitis a sovereign Arab state situated in the north-east of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south at Khafji and Iraq to the north at Basra. It lies on the north-western shore of the Persian Gulf. The name Kuwaitis derived from the Arabic word meaning a fortress built near water. The country covers an area of 17,820 square km (6,880 square mi) and has a population of about 3.6 million. Historically, the region was the site of Characene, a major Parthian port for trade between Mesopotamia and India. The Bani Utbah tribe was the first permanent Arab settlers in the region, and laid the foundation of the modern emirate. By the 19th century, Kuwait came under the influence of the Ottoman Empire, and after WWI, it emerged as an independent sheikhdom under the protection of the British Empire. Kuwait’s large oil fields were discovered in the late 1930’s. After Kuwait gained independence from the UK in 1961, the state’s oil industry saw unprecedented economic growth. In 1990, Kuwait was invaded and annexed by neighboring Iraq. The seven month-long Iraqi occupation came to an end after a direct military intervention by US-led forces. Around 773 Kuwaiti oil wells were set ablaze by the retreating Iraqi army resulting in a major environmental and economic catastrophe. Kuwait’s infrastructure was badly damaged during the war and had to be rebuilt. Kuwait is a constitutional emirate with a parliamentary system of government, with Kuwait City serving as the country’s political and economic capital. The country has the world’s 5th largest oil reserves and petroleum products now account for nearly 95% of export revenues, and 80% of government income. Kuwait is the 11th richest country in the world per capita. In 2007, it had the highest human development index (HDI) in the Arab world.Kuwait is classified as a high income economy by the World Bank and is designated as a major non-NATO ally of the US.

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    Kuwait City is the capital of Kuwait with a population of 2.38 million in the metropolitan area. Located at the heart of the country on the shore of the Persian Gulf, and containing Kuwait’s parliament (Majlis Al-Umma), most governmental offices, the headquarters of most Kuwaiti corporations and banks, it is the political, cultural and economic center of the emirate. Kuwait City’s trade and transportation needs are served by Kuwait International Airport, Mina Al-Shuwaik (Shuwaik Port) and Mina Al Ahmadi (Ahmadi Port) 50 km to the south, on the Persian Gulf coast.
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