Kuwait Travel Overview

Kuwait Travel Overview

At a glance

Capital: Kuwait

Official language: Arabic

Currency: dinar

Continent: West Asia

Crab farming and desert

In Kuwait you can discover a desert that at first glance only has sand to offer. Most of Kuwait’s population lives in the capital.


According to Countryaah, Kuwait is a state in the Middle East. It borders Iraq, the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. In addition to the capital Kuwait City, there is still a lot of desert to see in Kuwait.

Travel to Kuwait

In Kuwait, the Iraqi invasion is almost impossible to miss. Although it has been almost 20 years since the state was attacked by its northern neighbor, the level of security checks in the vicinity of hotels and public facilities is still high. Kuwait can best be described as a city-state that has a lot of desert land. The desert has been partially depopulated as a result of the Bedouin settlement programs.

Kuwait nature

Have you ever thought about spending the night in a tent in the desert ? Tourism is only just gaining momentum in Kuwait. Although there are mainly resorts on the beaches where you can swim well, there are few guided tours beyond that. However, if you want to find a tourist guide, it is best to drive into the desert and take your time. The fuel costs are negligible and with a little patience you will discover traces of the little life in the desert of Kuwait.

Culture Kuwait

The best time to travel to Kuwait is probably winter. The few rains turn the desert into a green oasis for a short time. The constitutional monarchy is best known for its crab beds off the coast. Nobody can refuse to honor a fresh lobster. enjoy the meal!

Important facts

Capital: Kuwait

Official language: Arabic


Currency (sub-unit)

Dinar (1000 fils)

ISO 4217 code

KWD / 414


Continent: Asia

Region: west

Geo coordinates: N 29 ° 18 ’42 ” E 47 ° 28′ 54.4″

Highest mountain: unnamed (306 m)

Total area: 17,820 km²

Mainland: 17,820 km²

National border: 462 km

Coastline: 499 km


Dependency: Great Britain until 1961

UN member since: 1963

Other political affiliation: Arab League

Form of government: Absolute emirate


Kuwait GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Petroleum, petroleum products

BSP: $ 65,242,000,000

GDP: $ 55,662,000,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 46,120,000,000

Economic growth: 5.2%

GDP share of agriculture: 0.4%

GDP share of industry: 45.2%

GDP share of services: 54.4%

Inflation rate: 5.3%

Unemployment: 2.1%

State budget revenue: $ 4294967295

State budget expenditure: $ 4294967295

National debt: 10.3%

Export: $ 51,230,000,000

Import: $ 13,680,000,000

Foreign debt: $ 17.16 billion

Gold and currency reserves: $ 10,870,000,000

Electricity consumption: 37,980 million KWh

Gas reserves: 1,572,000 million m³

Gas production: 8,000 million m³

Gas consumption: 8,000 million m³

Oil reserves: 96,500 million m³

Oil production: 2,473,000 million m³

Oil consumption: 332,000 million m³

Cultivation area: 1.08%

Bovine: 15,000 pieces

Sheep: 870,000 pieces

Fishing: 5,600 t

Demographic data

Residents: 2,418,400

Residents in cities: 2,266,700

Average age: 25.9 years

0-14 years: 26.9%

15-64 years: 70.3%

> 65 years: 2.8%

Population growth: 3.52%

Birth rate: 21.94 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 2.41 / 1,000 residents

Migration: 15.66 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1.52

Fertility: 2.91 children / woman

Infant mortality: 9.71 ‰

Life expectancy men: 73.13 years

Life expectancy women: 78.31 years

Country codes

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: KW

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: KWT

ISO 3166 numeric: 414

Top Level Domain: kw

IOC country code: KUW


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 512,000

Cell Phones: 1,640,000

Radios: 1,770,000

TV: 1,340,000

Computer: 390,000

Internet users: 1,030,000


Paved roads: 4,630 km

Cars: 823,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 38

Pipelines: 766


Number of doctors: 4,410

Daily food intake: 3,200 kcal / resident


Illiteracy: 15%


Foundation: 2000 BC Chr.

Last sovereign since: -1961 BC Chr.


Main religious group: Muslims


Prison inmates: 4,100


Armed forces (troop strength): 16,000

Main battle tank: 180

Warplanes: 80

Helicopter: 30th

Defense Spending: $ 3,228,000,000


Arriving by plane

Kuwait’s national airline is called Kuwait Airways (KU) (Internet: www.kuwait-airways.com). Kuwait Airways (KU) flies direct to Kuwait from Geneva twice a week.

Lufthansa (LH), British Airways (BA), Air France (AF), KLM (KL) and other airlines also offer flights to Kuwait.

Flight times

2 KD, children under 12 and transit passengers are excluded.

Air passes

With the Star Alliance’s Middle East Airpass, travelers can explore Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and the United Arab Emirates on up to ten flights. More information is available on the Star Alliance website, www.staralliance.com.

With the Visit Middle East Pass from Allianz Oneworld, travelers can book any number of flights (at least 3 flights) with the participating airlines British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian and travel to the following 12 countries: Egypt, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq Yemen, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and United Arab Emirates.

Arrival by car

Cars: Kuwait’s roads and highways are in good condition. The Abdalli border crossing to Iraq is currently closed. Entry by land is only possible at Salmi and Nuwaiseeb (Saudi Arabia). The main route to Saudi Arabia (Beirut-Damascus-Amman-Kuwait) follows the Trans-Arab Pipeline (TAP-Line).

There are bus connections between Kuwait City via Jordan to Cairo (Egypt).

Arrival by ship

The port in Kuwait City is primarily used by oil tankers, cargo ships and ferries. Regular ferry connections between Kuwait and Iran.


On the way by car / bus

Cars: Kuwait’s roads and highways are in good condition. About 2000 km of the road network is paved. Road signs are in Arabic and in English. Locals drive often risky; Caution is advised.

Traffic regulations:
right-hand traffic.

Bus: The Kuwait Transport Company operates inexpensive and reliable buses.

There are 3 types of taxis. Orange taxis can be hailed on the street. Other orange-colored taxis serve as shared taxis and travel on set routes. A third type of taxi can only be ordered by phone. This service is reliable and used frequently. Taxis can also be rented per day, in which case the fare should be agreed in advance. Fares are i. General uniform, but taxis parked in front of hotels are more expensive. Tips are not expected.

Rental cars are available. If an international driver’s license is presented, the rental company can obtain a temporary driver’s license within five days, which is valid for up to one month.

international driver’s license. Insurance must go with theGulf Insurance Company or the Kuwait Insurance Company.

On the way by ship

Dhows and small boats can be rented for trips to the offshore islands.