Kuwait Travel Overview
At a glance
Official language: Arabic
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.
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.
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!
Official language: Arabic
Dinar (1000 fils)
ISO 4217 code
KWD / 414
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
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%
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
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
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: KW
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: KWT
ISO 3166 numeric: 414
Top Level Domain: kw
IOC country code: KUW
UN / LOCODE: KW
Telephone connections: 512,000
Cell Phones: 1,640,000
Internet users: 1,030,000
Paved roads: 4,630 km
Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 38
Number of doctors: 4,410
Daily food intake: 3,200 kcal / resident
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
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.
2 KD, children under 12 and transit passengers are excluded.
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).
Bus: 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.
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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.
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.
Documentation: 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.