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Kuwait Location

Kuwait lies at the north-west corner of the Gulf between 28 degree and 30 degree latitudes and between 46 degree and 48 degree longitudes. To the north and the west, it shares a border of 240 km with the Republic of Iraq, and to the south and south-west, it shares 250 km with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. On the east, it has a coastline of 290 km on the Arabian Gulf. Kuwait has commercial importance as a result of its location, which is a natural outlet for the north-east of the Arabian Peninsula. Kuwait has an area of 17.818 square kilometers.





Authority in Kuwait is divided into legislative, executive and judicial authorities, and the Amir is the head of the three powers according to the Constitution, which does not allow the formation of political parties in spite of the existence of parliamentary blocs. The system of government in Kuwait is characterized as a hereditary constitutional system, which derives its legitimacy from the Constitution, which thus allows the transfer of power within the descendants of Sheikh Mubarak Al-Sabah. The title of the ruler is the Amir, who holds his executive authorities through his ministers. Judicial verdicts could only be implemented after the Amir authenticate them. He is the only person who can sign Amiri pardons to forgive prisoners. The laws passed by the National Assembly can take effect only if signed in one month, otherwise it becomes valid without signing it. The system in Kuwait is a mixture of parliamentary and presidential system.

Kuwait's Population

Through the history of Kuwait, there was no information about the number of Kuwait's population except the estimates mentioned by some travelers. In the first official census in 1957, the population of the State of Kuwait reached 206473 people, of whom 92851 were expatriates.In 1961, Kuwait’s population reached 321621 people, of whom 62% were males and 37% females. This difference of the qualitative composition of the population appeared due to the external migration witnessed by the State of Kuwait. Since 1965, Kuwait has regularly conducted censuses every five years. In 1985, it recorded a population of about 1,697,301 people, of whom 56% were males and 44% females. In 1990, the total population reached 2,141,465 people, of whom 72% were expatriates.In the same year, Kuwait was subjected to aggression and brutal occupation by Iraq. As a result, a great deal of expatriates had left, which led to significant changes in the development of the population. In 1995, the total number of Kuwait's population reached 1,577,598 people, of whom 58% were non-Kuwaitis. The ninth census was conducted by the State of Kuwait in April 2005, which was the first census in the twenty-first century and included population, housing and establishments. The result of this census proved that the population of the State of Kuwait reached 2.213.403 people, of whom 880.774 were Kuwaitis and 1.332.629 non-Kuwaitis.

Topography of Kuwait

Kuwait is characterized by simple terrain. It is a wavy desert that gradually slopes from the east of the sea level, where the shores of the Arabian Gulf, to the west and south, where the altitude up to 300 meters in the southwest corner.

There are some small hills in Kuwait, such as the edge of Jal Al-Zour that overlooks the northern coast of the Kuwait Bay and reaches a height of 145 meters and the hills of Alliah and Karra AlMarr. There are also Valleys, depressions and some sand dunes. Wadi Al Batin is one of the most important valleys in Kuwait, which goes along the western boundary line of the country and a rift, which extends in the north-west of the country. The valleys, however, are spread in different directions, and the most important valley is Raudhatain and Umm AlAysh which are located in the north.


Kuwait Weather


The sun shines in Kuwait for long periods during the summer, causing a sharp rise in temperature in the months of June, July and August.The maximum temperature ranges between 42 and 46 degrees Celsius. The highest temperature registered in Kuwait during the summer was 50.8 degrees C.Thermal depressions are formed over the Arab countries, usually during the months of August and September, causing dust as well as severe cases of warm moisture. In winter; however, the sunshine diagonally falls on the ground for few hours, causing temperature decrease.

Kuwait Islands

Below are Kuwait islands. Click on the island to view it's details

  • Failaka Island

    Failaka is a Kuwaiti island with an area of 48 square kilometers. It has historical importance since ancient times. It used to serve as a center for providing ships with water and supplies, as well as a transit station for Muslim pilgrims.

  • Boubyan Island

    Boubyan island has an area of about 683 square kilometers. It represents 5% of the total area of Kuwait and is located at the northeast.

  • Miskan Island

    Miskan is a low sandy island with a length of 1.206 km and width of 800 m. It is not inhabited.

  • Warbah Island

    Warbah has a total area of 37 square kilometers. It is the last island belonging to Kuwait from the north. Its soil is sandy and its coasts are muddy and low.

  • Auhah Island

    Auhah is located at the south-east of Failaka. It is 4 kilometers away from it. Auhah has a length of 800 meters and a width of 540 m.

  • Umm Al-Maradim Island

    It is the last island in the south. Maradim is the plural word of Mardam which is the name of an Arabic bird that is found there in large numbers. Ships are able to land directly on its shores due to the depth of the sea around it. This feature is not available in most of the islands. The island lies far south of the Kuwaiti maritime border with Saudi Arabia. Its length at the east and west is 1.5 kilometers and its width is about 540 meters. Maradim island takes an oval shape and has a tongue related.

  • Umm Al Nml Island

    It is said to be called the Mother of Ants Island as there is a great deal of ants in summer there. It is rich in monumental sites, where researchers found traces dating back to the Bronze, Dilmun and Islamic ages

  • Kobbar Island

    Kobbar is a sandy island with low coasts and an area of 3/4 square kilometers. Kobbar is not inhabited, and is only 29 kilometers away from Fahaheel beach, south of Failaka Island. It is also about 30 kilometers away from the coast of Al-Zour.

  • Qaruh Island

    Qaruh is the most island to get through the sea. It is called so as oil deposits "tar" come out of parts of the coastline and rocks and is driven to the coasts of Kuwait by waves.