Kuwait is a small country located in the western part of Asia. It is bordered by Iraq to the north and west, and Saudi Arabia to the south. The country is situated in a section of one of the driest, least-hospitable deserts on Earth. But oil flows like water here. Let’s know a little more about Kuwait:
Interesting facts about Kuwai:
1. “Kuwait” is derived from an Arabic word “Kut” meaning fort. The country had hardly any settlements till 18th century apart from the nomads who would come and go. The nomadic tribes after suffering from the drought of the desert settled on the coast of the Arabian Gulf. They fortified settlements in the area from where the name Kuwait came from.
2. Kuwait’s economy is mostly petroleum based. The country has sixth largest oil reserves in the world. Cost of oil production in Kuwait is the lowest in the world due to the fact that the oil lies close to the surface of the earth, making it easy and economical to lift to the top. The oil reserves have helped the country in building a highly developed economy.
3. According to the World Bank, the country has the fourth highest per capita income in the world.
4. On the topic of highly developed economy, Kuwait’s currency ‘Kuwaiti Dinar’ is the highest-valued currency in the world. Ooh Richie Rich!
5. Kuwait is the first Gulf country to have established a constitution and parliament in 1963.
6. But the women started casting their votes only recently in Kuwait. After a lot of struggle and protests, the women were granted the right to vote in 2005.
7. In 2006, Kuwait became the first country to introduce the sport of camel racing, with remote controlled robot jockeys.
8. The country does not have a railway system.
9. Most of the country is covered in desert and therefore farming is very difficult here. Only 1% of the total land is arable. The country therefore has to import most of the food items such as fruits, vegetables, etc. from the south Asian countries.
10. There are no permanent rivers and lakes in Kuwait, so the country relies on the desalination of salt water for consumption. Due to the advanced technology the country also has some of the largest and most advanced desalination plants in the world
11. Being one of the richest countries does not mean that everything is perfect. Kuwait is also considered one of the most obese countries in the world. It is the most overweight country in the Middle East and the obesity rates are growing alarmingly. According to reports, Kuwait’s fast food industry and sedentary lifestyle of a large section of its residents are to blame for the epidemic.
12. It is interesting to know that Kuwaitis are a minority in their own country and 70% of the country’s population is of expats. Indians constitute the largest expat community in Kuwait you will find many Indian schools and community associations catering to the needs of the Desi crowd.
Trip leader Sakshi’s Recommendations if you are visiting Kuwait:
Visit the Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the country and be amazed by the incredible blend of Islamic architecture and Persian design.
Climb the Kuwait Towers and enjoy the view of the city from the top. A landmark of modern Kuwait, these three towers stand on a cape overlooking the Persian Gulf.
Your visit to Kuwait will be incomplete without visiting a desert. Spend a night in the desert camping under the stars.
Visa Process: Check https://www.onhisowntrip.com/visa-kuwait/ for details