Located in Western Asia, Kuwait is a country at the tip of the Persian Gulf. It is one of the smallest countries in the world according to land area. However, as of 2014, the population of Kuwait has a population of around 4.2 million people. The capital and largest city is Kuwait City.
Kuwait’s official language is Standard Arabic. However, Kuwaiti Arabic is the variant most often used in everyday life. English is also commonly taught in the schools and is sometimes used in business environments too.
- Kuwait is the fourth richest country by per capita income, largely due to possessing the fifth largest known oil reserves in the world.
- In the Gulf region, Kuwait was the first country to adopt a governmental system with an elected Parliament.
- Kuwaiti island Failaka came from the Greek word for ‘outpost’ and used to be a trading post for the kingdom of Characene in ancient times.
- Kuwait’s work week is not the typical Monday through Friday, but rather Sunday through Thursday, making Friday and Saturday and weekends.
- Kuwaiti soap operas are very popular—not only in the country but around the entire Persian Gulf. In fact, they are shown as far away as Tunisia.
- Football (soccer) is hugely important to the culture of Kuwait. There is a nationwide organization that governs football in the country.
- The scientific industry is growing in Kuwait. In fact, Kuwait has registered the second highest number of science-related patents in the Arabic world.