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About Kuwait

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Kuwait lies on the northwest corner of the Arabian Gulf and is known as the gateway to the Middle East because of its geographical location. It is considered to be one of the richest and most developed nations in the world with warm and hospitable people.

Places of Attraction

The Kuwait Towers, the most famous landmark and symbol of the country, hosts a revolving observation area and restaurant. The Kuwait National Museum, once destroyed by the Iraqi invasion in 1991, is now restored and houses an extensive collection of Islamic Art. The beaches of Failaka Island and the Green Island fascinate tourists from around the world.

Language

While Arabic is Kuwait’s official language, English is widely spoken, especially for business purposes.

Currency

The Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD) is the official currency of Kuwait. It is divided into 100 units. The exchange rate is:
USD 1 = KWD 0.2745 approximately
GBP 1 = GBP 0.4421 approximately

Time Zone

UTC/GMT +3 hours

Visas

Visa requirements for travel to Kuwait differ from country to country. Contact the Kuwaiti Embassy in your country of residence for more information.

Climate

Kuwait has long, hot and dry summers and short, warm and sometimes rainy winters, lasting December to March. Daytime winter temperature is in the 15–20°C range and can be as low as 0°C at night.

Suggested Dress Code

Most aspects of the business culture are conservative. Lightweight summer clothing is ideal with a wrap, sweater or jacket for air conditioned premises. Women are usually advised to dress modestly.

Emergency Phone Number

Police, Ambulance and Fire Services: 77