Kuwait is an Islamic nation that is becoming more and more influenced by Western traditions. The country's capital is Kuwait City, and it is a lively city.

The country is bordered by Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and the Persian Gulf is dominated by Kuwait, with nine islands. The country is largely desert while more fertile land consists of areas along the coast. .The climate is a hot one and temperatures are usually high.

The nation is in the Middle East and is located in the GMT + 3 time zone. The population is roughly 3 million people. Close to half the population lives in the capital city. Although it was under British control until 1961, the country has a monarchy. Arabic is the official language while English is commonly used for business.

The country has an elected government while the Head of State is Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah. Kuwait was the first of the Arab states to have an elected government and in 2005 women were given full political rights. The head of state appoints the Prime Minister and selects the cabinet. There are 50 elected members of parliament and elections take place every four years. People stand as individuals as political parties are not permitted.

The economy is based on the oil industry and this is what attracts the country's most expatriates. The currency is the Dinar of Kuwait which breaks down into 1000 fils. For every British pound there are about 2 dinars in Kuwait and about 4 for every US dollar.The economy is based on the oil industry and this is what attracts the country's most expatriates. The currency is the Dinar of Kuwait which breaks down into 1000 fils. For every British pound there are about 2 dinars in Kuwait and about 4 for every US dollar.

In the country, expats are growing in number and are greeted. They are mainly resident in the capital city while some populations can be found in other areas where expats. They tend to live in the same places , particularly if they have moved to work in the country, although this is by no means necessary.In the country, expats are growing in number and are greeted. They are mainly resident in the capital city while some populations can be found in other areas where expats. They tend to live in the same places , particularly if they have moved to work in the country, although this is by no means necessary.

The nation is still a fairly conservative society, even with Western influence increasing. Newcomers are required to honor Arab customs and observe them, such as dressing modestly in public and generally acting respectfully towards others.

There are still strong terror threats in Kuwait, particularly against Western firms that have a base there. Your home government will issue travel safety standards guidelines and offer advice on the best way to stay safe.

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