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Kuwait

Background

Kuwait

Britain oversaw foreign relations and defense for the ruling Kuwaiti AL-SABAH dynasty from 1899 until independence in 1961. Kuwait was attacked and overrun by Iraq on 2 August 1990. Following several weeks of aerial bombardment, a US-led, UN coalition began a ground assault on 23 February 1991 that liberated Kuwait in four days. Kuwait spent more than $5 billion to repair oil infrastructure damaged during 1990-91. The AL-SABAH family has ruled since returning to power in 1991 and reestablished an elected legislature that in recent years has become increasingly assertive. The country witnessed the historic election in May 2009 of four women to its National Assembly.

About

Kuwait is a country in the Middle East. It is located at the head of the Arabian Gulf, with Iraq to the north and west, and Saudi Arabia to the southwest.

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KuwaitSheraton Kuwait, A Luxury Collection Hotel 

Safat 13060 / Fahd Al-Salem Street
P.O. Box 5902
Kuwait City 13060
Kuwait

Price (US$): $358 - $518 / night

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Location. Sheraton Kuwait, A Luxury Collection Hotel is a business friendly hotel located in central Kuwait City, close to Kuwait National Assembly Building, National Musem of Kuwait, and Liberation Tower. Additional points of interest include Kuwait National Stadium and Grand Mosque. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. Spa amenities include massage/treatment rooms and a hair salon. This 5 star property has a 24 hour… more »

KuwaitMoevenpick Hotel Kuwait 

PO Box 713 Safat 13008
Safat
Kuwait City 13008
Kuwait

Price (US$): $248 - $284 / night

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Location. Moevenpick Hotel Kuwait is a family friendly hotel located in Kuwait City, close to Al Sabah Medical Complex and Kuwait National Stadium. Other area points of interest include The Avenues Mall and Kuwait National Assembly Building. Hotel Features. Moevenpick Hotel Kuwait features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a… more »

KuwaitHotel Missoni Kuwait 

Symphony Center, Arabian Gulf Road
PO Box 1113, Salmiya
Salmiyah
Kuwait

Price (US$): $301 - $692 / night

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Location. Located in central Salmiyah, Hotel Missoni Kuwait is near the airport and close to Marina Bay Beach. Additional area points of interest include Kuwait Towers. Hotel Features. Hotel Missoni Kuwait features a coffee shop/café and a poolside bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam… more »

KuwaitAl Manshar Rotana 

Ad Dabbous Street
Al Manshar Mall Complex
Fahaheel 29060
Kuwait

Price (US$): $273 - $468 / night

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Location. Al Manshar Rotana is located close to the beach and in the business district in Fahaheel. Hotel Features. Al Manshar Rotana's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. This 5 star property has a 24 hour business center and offers a meeting/conference room,… more »

KuwaitJW Marriott Hotel Kuwait City 

Al Shuhada Street Po Box 26302
Safat
Kuwait City 13124
Kuwait

Price (US$): $379 - $710 / night

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Location. JW Marriott Hotel Kuwait City is a business friendly hotel located in Kuwait City, close to Liberation Tower, Kuwait National Assembly Building, and National Musem of Kuwait. Additional points of interest include Grand Mosque and Seif Palace. Hotel Features. Dining options at JW Marriott Hotel Kuwait City include 4 restaurants. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast each morning in the brasserie. Recreational amenities… more »

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Kuwait

Full name
State of Kuwait
Capital
Kuwait City
Location

Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia

Geographic coordinates

29 30 N, 45 45 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than New Jersey

Border countries

Iraq 240 km, Saudi Arabia 222 km

Coastline

499 km

Climate

dry desert; intensely hot summers; short, cool winters

Terrain

flat to slightly undulating desert plain

Lowest point

Persian Gulf 0 m

Highest point

unnamed elevation 306 m

Natural resources

petroleum, fish, shrimp, natural gas

Population

2,789,132

Ethnic groups

Kuwaiti 45%, other Arab 35%, South Asian 9%, Iranian 4%, other 7%

Religions

Muslim 85% (Sunni 70%, Shia 30%), other (includes Christian, Hindu, Parsi) 15%

Languages

Arabic (official), English widely spoken

Government type

constitutional emirate

Independence

19 June 1961 (from the UK)

National holiday

National Day, 25 February (1950)

Chief of state

Amir SABAH al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah (since 29 January 2006); Crown Prince NAWAF al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah (since 7 February 2006)

Head of government

Prime Minister NASIR AL-MUHAMMAD al-Ahmad al-Sabah (since 3 April 2007); First Deputy Prime Minister JABIR AL-MUBAREK al-Hamad al-Sabah (since 9 February 2006); Deputy Prime Minister MUHAMMAD AL-SABAH al-Salim al-Sabah (since 9 February 2006)

Internet country code

.kw

Internet users

1.1 million (2009)

Airports

7 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Ash Shu'aybah, Ash Shuwaykh, Az Zawr (Mina' Sa'ud), Mina' 'Abd Allah, Mina' al Ahmadi

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