Kuwait Overview

Kuwait is located in the northwestern corner of the Arabian Gulf and is bordered by Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It has within its borders approximately 10% of the world’s oil reserves and is considered the 4th wealthiest country, per capita, in the world.

Kuwait has a population of a little over 3 million people of which approximately 1 million are Kuwaiti. The remaining residents are expats from all over the world, with the largest numbers being from neighbouring Middle Eastern countries as well as India, Pakistan, the Philippines and Bangladesh. Although Arabic is the official language of Kuwait, English is widely spoken throughout the country, as is Hindi, Urdu, Filipino, Persian and Bengali.

Summers in Kuwait are intensely hot and dry with average highs ranging from 42o-49o C, often with dust storms. Winters are short and cool, averaging 10o-30o C, with limited rain.

Women in Kuwait are allowed to drive cars and are not required to cover themselves as they are in Saudi Arabia. Be aware, however, that Kuwait forbids the importation and consumption of alcohol or pork products since both are forbidden under Islamic law.

The working week in Kuwait runs from Sunday to Thursday.