About Kuwait

Kuwait, an Arab country on the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, has cultural heritage dating back to antiquity. Kuwait City, the capital, is known for its modern architecture, ranging from skyscrapers to the striking Kuwait Towers, water towers whose design recalls the tiled domes of a classic mosque. The Tareq Rajab Museum houses a rich collection of ethnographic artifacts and Islamic art.


Kuwait is dry country and bringing in alcohol is prohibited.


Kuwait has an arid climate. Kuwait has a huge temperature difference between winter and summer. By the end of October / November averages are around 26 °C during the day dropping to as low as 6 °C (21 °F) at night.

Dress Code

It is recommended to wear lightweight cottons and linens during summer months, with warm clothes for cooler evenings and during the winter. Both men and women should dress conservatively. Cover shoulders and upper arms, hemlines should reach the knee and pay attention to necklines. Swimwear should be restricted to the beach or pools.

Official Currency and Banking

The currency in Kuwait is the Kuwaiti dinar. There are plenty of ATMs and credit cards are widely accepted, although some banks and shops don’t accept foreign-issued bank or credit cards.

Key facts

Capital Kuwait City
Government Nominal Constitutional Monarchy
Currency Kuwaiti dinar (KWD)
Area 17,820km²
Population 2,418,393, including 1,291,354 non-nationals (July 2006 est.)
Language Arabic (official), English widely spoken
Religion Muslim 85% (Sunni 70%, Shi’a 30%), Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%
Electricity 240V, 50Hz (UK plug)
Country code 965
Internet TLD .kw
Time Zone GMT +3h