Kuwait

Kuwait Overview

Kuwait is situated at the north end of the Persian Gulf. It is bordered by Iraq and Saudi Arabia. This desert land is one of the world’s leading petroleum producers. It has almost one-tenth of the world’s known reserves.

The striking of oil in 1938 transformed this nation of pearl divers and spice merchants into one of the world’s richest countries.

Most of Kuwait is covered by the Arabian Desert but you’ll also find 180 miles of largely undeveloped coastline to the east. Dive or snorkel in the warm Persian Gulf waters. Enjoy vibrant Kuwait City where you can haggle in the labyrinthine souks, covered markets – even with a spate of modern developments, this city manages to hold onto its traditions.

CLIMATE

From April to September, Kuwait is very hot. Temperatures often exceed 120 °F (49 °C) in the shade. But the climate is not extremely unpleasant until August and September, when the humidity is relatively high. In January, the coldest month, temperatures average between 50 and 60 °F (10 and 16 °C).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Kuwait
POPULATION: 2.5 million
LANGUAGE: Arabic, English
CURRENCY: Kuwaiti Dinar
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 240V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or either a two or three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: KW
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +965
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +3

TRAVEL WARNING

There remains a general threat from terrorism. Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. These include references to attacks on Western interests, including residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk