Looking to learn some fascinating facts about the Middles East to impress your friends? Start with these 21 fun and interesting facts about Kuwait!
Kuwait is a small Arab country on the Persian Gulf in Asia.
Formerly under British control, Kuwait gained independence in 1961.
It is bordered by Iraq to the north and west, Iran to the northeast and Saudi Arabia to the south. It also has a coastline along the Persian Gulf to the east.
Flag of Kuwait
Fancy a spot of camel racing through the desert? Head over to Kuwait for a holiday of a lifetime; the coordinates are 29.3667° N, 47.9667°
The terrain here is flat to slightly undulating desert plain, so it’s nice and easy to navigate – just don’t forget to take some water!
The total land area of Kuwait is 6,880 square miles (17,818 square kilometres).
Kuwait’s population was 4.137 million in 2018.
The capital is Kuwait City; it covers an area of 77 square miles (200 square kilometres) and had a population of 2.8 million in 2015.
The average life span here is 78 years.
Kuwait experiences a dry desert climate, with short cool winters and long and very hot summers!
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Kuwait was an incredible 53.8˚C on 31st July 2012, which also happens to be the third highest temperature ever recorded throughout the world, behind Tunisia and USA!
The official language of Kuwait is Arabic, although English is also widely spoken.
Fancy exploring this amazing country? You’ll need to exchange your money for Kuwaiti Dinar, the official currency here.
The Kuwaiti Dinar is the highest valued currency in the world (as of 2013)!
Don’t expect to cool down with a nice cold beer whilst in Kuwait, as alcohol is illegal to buy and sell here.
Kuwait Towers, Arabian Gulf Street, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Kuwait is reportedly the third richest country per capita, thanks mostly to its natural oil reserves!
The national bird of Kuwait is the Falcon.
There are no renewable fresh water resources in Kuwait, so residents have to rely on the desalination of salt water to survive!
Water Towers, Kuwait
Kuwait does not grow any agricultural crops on a large commercial scale, nor does it commercially raise livestock. It does, however, catch fish.
Its industry consists of petroleum, petrochemicals, water desalination and food processing.
Kuwait also exports oil, petroleum, petrochemicals and fertilisers.
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