Kuwait Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Kuwait

Where is it?: Kuwait is in the Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Why do people go here?: A lot of people go there for employment purposes because only 3 to 5% of the citizen work, making the country hire employees from other nations.

What are the main entry points?: Travelers generally fly into Kuwait. There aren’t many safe options for entering Kuwait overland.

Currency used: Dinar

Country Code for Phones: 965

Area codes for Major Cities: No area codes required.

Other Phone Tips: Public telephones are rare in Kuwait so, if possible choose a hotel room with an accessible telephone.

Religion: Muslim 85% (Sunni 70%, Shi’a 30%), Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%

Population: 3 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Kuwaiti 45%, other Arab 35%, South Asian 9%, Iranian 4%, other 7%

Government: Nominal constitutional monarchy

Languages: Arabic (official), English

Travel Information

Major Cities: Kuwait City

Attractions: Kuwait City, Doha Village

Accommodation: None

Tourism Office locations and links: Touristic Enterprises Company of Kuwait PO Box 23310, Safat 13094, Kuwait City, Kuwait; Tel: 565 3771 or 2775

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Failaka Island

Health Issues: chronic diseases, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease and obesity

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Avoid the summer months at all costs. Spring or fall has bearable weather, although that could be an understatement.

Common Phrases: Yes: Away/Na’am, No: La, Thank You: Shukran, Hello: Ahlan, How are you: Izzayak? How much: Bi Kaam?, If God is willing, than it will happen: Inshaallah, Please: Min Fadilak, I don’t understand: Ana laa Afham

Specific Events/Holidays: Kuwait is an Islamic country so many of their holidays change from year to year. Like other countries in the region, the biggest events are both Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr. Kuwaitis also celebrate Liberation Day on February 26.

Getting Around: Renting a vehicle in Kuwait is an extremely affordable option, but check fuel prices in advance. Otherwise buses and taxis can take you about anywhere in the country. Negotiate your price first.

Good to know: Kuwait is known as the 4th richest nation worldwide.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Kuwait is the Kuwait International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Kuwait travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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