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The State of Kuwait

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Official name: The State of Kuwait (Dawlat al-Kuwayt)

Kuwait lies at the head of the Persian Gulf, between south-eastern Iraq and northern Saudi Arabia. Its land area is roughly 18,000 square kilometres. The crescent-shaped country folds around Kuwait Bay, the best natural harbour in the Gulf. Kuwait consists primarily of a sandy, arid coastal plain, which slopes down slightly from west to east. The highest point in the country, near its eastern border, with Iraq, is about 300 metres high. Nine islands, some of them contested by Kuwait’s neighbours, add to the country’s small surface area. The largest is Bubiyan Island in the north, connected by a bridge to the mainland. The second, Failaka Island, across from Kuwait City, is believed to be part of the ancient civilization of Dilmun; it has been largely uninhabited since the Iraqi invasion of 1990 but remains a tourist site.

Further Reading

Page with a chronological overview of the country file articles published on the Chronicle website.
In January 2006, Sheikh Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber was pledged allegiance as an Emir for the country, succeeding Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, whose reign only lasted for a few days.
Facts and Figures Kuwait
Fanack provides an overview of Kuwait's geography and climate which includes a description of its state borders, natural environment and urbanization.
Although Kuwait sports democratic institutions and has a Constitution, it is not a full democracy or a constitutional monarchy. In 1999, in his celebrated study on Middle Eastern monarchies All in the Family, political scientist M...
The concept of human rights has become a well-known and widely accepted term to use. An overview of human rights in Kuwait.
Because of the almost complete dependence of Kuwait’s economy on petroleum products, it fluctuates strongly with the highs and lows of the volatile global oil market.
According to estimates by the Central Statistical Bureau, the population of Kuwait at the end of 2017 was 4.27 million. Of this, the number of Kuwaiti citizens was 1.3 million, while the number of expatriates was 2.92 million. The...
Society, Media & Culture
Faces of Kuwait have names, we hear about them but do not get the entire picture. Get to know these influential people in Fanack’s ‘Faces’ section.

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