72 Facts About Kuwait

1. Kuwait has the 15th-tallest sculpted tower in the world—The Al Hamra Tower.

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2. Kuwait has a leading position in the financial industry in the GCC; the abyss that separates Kuwait from its Persian Gulf neighbors in terms of tourism, transport, and other measures of diversification is absent in the financial sector.

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3. Kuwait is a major source of foreign economic assistance to other states through the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, an autonomous state institution created in 1961 on the pattern of international development agencies.

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4. In June 1961, Kuwait became independent with the end of the British protectorate and the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah became Emir of Kuwait.

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5. Kuwait is a small country located in the Middle East on the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

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6. The US Embassy advises all US citizens in Kuwait not to work on a visitor visa to avoid potential adverse legal consequences or deportation.

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7. Kuwait has nine islands, the largest of which are Bubiyan and Al-Warbah.

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8. Kuwait is the only Gulf Country to establish relations with the Vatican.

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9. Kuwait is a constitutional monarchy, governed by the al-Sabah family.

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10. In June 1961, Kuwait became independent with the end of the British protectorate and the sheikh Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah became an Emir.

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11. At the time of the arrival of the Utubs, Kuwait was inhabited by a few fishermen and primarily functioned as a fishing village.

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12. Kuwait is an Arab country that functions like a sovereign emirate and lies on the coast of the Persian Gulf.

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13. Kuwait is a small country situated on the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula at the head of the Persian Gulf.

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14. Kuwait is in the Middle East, and is one of the region's smaller countries.

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15. Kuwait has a desert climate, with elevated humidity in the coastal region due to the proximity to the Persian Gulf.

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16. Kuwait is a small Middle Eastern country located at the head of the Persian Gulf and surrounded by the much larger neighboring states of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran.

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17. Kuwait is a flat, barren country that is located on the northwest coast of the Persian Gulf.

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18. Kuwait is an independent, sovereign Arab state, under a constitutional monarch.

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19. Kuwait is located in the Middle East at the western head of the Persian Gulf.

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20. Kuwait has about 96.5 billion barrels of recoverable oil; only Saudi Arabia and Iraq have larger proven reserves.

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21. Kuwait is a constitutional, hereditary emirate ruled by princes who have been drawn from the Al Sabah family for over 200 years.

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22. In 1993, Kuwait publicly announced abandonment of the secondary and tertiary aspects of the Arab boycott of Israel.

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23. Kuwait is a member of the United Arab Shipping Company.

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24. The Government of Kuwait signed a memorandum of agreement with the State of Louisiana in 2006 to explore the feasibility of building a refinery in the United States.

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25. Kuwait is a small country located in the Middle East on the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

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26. Kuwait is located at the northwestern edge of the Persian Gulf, which empties into the Arabian Sea by way of the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.

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27. Kuwait is linked to the Arabian Sea through the Persian Gulf.

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28. Kuwait is located on the coastal plain that rings much of the Persian Gulf.

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29. Kuwait is a small Middle Eastern country located at the head of the h2rsian Gulf and surrounded by the much larger neighboring states of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran.

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30. In 1987, Kuwait sought US protection for its oil tankers in the Persian Gulf; US forces patrolled the gulf's waters until the end of the war in 1988.

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31. In 1981, Kuwait became a founding member of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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32. Kuwait has the third largest oil reserves in the world after Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

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33. Kuwait is bounded by Saudi Arabia on the south and by Iraq on the north and west.

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34. Kuwait is a Middle Eastern country strategically bordered on the east by the Persian Gulf and precariously sandwiched between Iraq on the north and west, and Saudi Arabia on the south and west.

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35. At the beginning of the 21st century, Kuwait is facing major challenges.

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36. Kuwait is located in the northeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula.

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37. Kuwait is a modern, progressive, and in many ways a Western-appearing country.

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38. Kuwait has few indigenous cultural activities accessible to non-Arabic speakers.

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39. Kuwait is concerned about a rise in Islamic fundamentalism and anti-American sentiment.

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40. In 2005, Kuwait had 39 merchant ships in service of 1,000 GRT or more, with a capacity of 2,319,082 GRT.

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41. Kuwait has a modern network of roads, with all-weather highways running north to Iraq and south to Saudi Arabia.

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42. Kuwait is situated at the western head of the Persian Gulf.

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43. Kuwait is one of the founding members of the Organisation of Petrol Exporting Countries.

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44. Kuwait is a signing member of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits the testing of nuclear weapons and substances in the region.

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45. Kuwait is slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey in terms of land area.

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46. Kuwait has the 15th-tallest sculpted tower in the world—The Al Hamra Tower.

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47. Kuwait is the first Gulf country to have established a constitution and parliament.

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48. The Central Bank of Kuwait has outlined its plans for a national payment system and a digital currency.

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49. Kuwait is home to the world's second largest oil reserve, the Burgan field.

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50. Kuwait has the highest literacy rate in the Arab world.

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51. In 2018 Kuwait enacted certain measures to regulate foreign labor.

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52. Kuwait is the second richest GCC country per capita.

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53. In 2014 Kuwait was the third country in the world in term of CO2 per capita emissions after Qatar and Trinidad and Tobago according to the World Bank.

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54. Kuwait has nine islands, all of which, with the exception of Failaka Island, are uninhabited.

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55. Kuwait is a major ally of ASEAN, while enjoying good relationship with China, establishing cooperation model in numerous fields.

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56. In July 1987, Kuwait refused to allow US military bases in its territory.

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57. Kuwait has the most secular commercial law in the Gulf.

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58. Kuwait has higher female citizen participation in the workforce than other GCC countries.

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59. Kuwait has more government accountability and transparency than other GCC countries.

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60. Kuwait is among the Middle East's freest countries in civil liberties and political rights.

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61. Kuwait has 15 satellite television channels, of which four are controlled by the Ministry of Information.

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62. In 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014, Kuwait surpassed Israel as the country with the greatest press freedom in the Middle East.

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63. The biggest football rivalry in Kuwait is between Al-Arabi and Al Qadsia.

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64. Kuwait is home to various music festivals, including the International Music Festival hosted by the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters.

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65. Kuwait has the oldest modern arts movement in the Arabian Peninsula.

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66. Kuwait is the main centre of scenographic and theatrical training in the Gulf region.

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67. Kuwait is the only country in the Gulf with a theatrical tradition.

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68. Kuwait is the production centre of the Gulf television drama and comedy scene.

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69. In 2014 and 2015, Kuwait was ranked first among Arab countries in the Global Gender Gap Report.

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70. From 2001 to 2009, Kuwait had the highest Human Development Index ranking in the Arab world.

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71. In March 2003, Kuwait became the springboard for the US-led invasion of Iraq.

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72. Kuwait is home to the largest opera house in the Middle East.

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