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About Kuwait

The State of Kuwait is a sovereign Arab Emirate bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and Iraq to the north and west. The name is a diminutive of an Arabic word meaning "fortress built near water."

Kuwait has a population of 3.1 million and an area of 17,818 km².  The Kuwaiti government is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system.  Kuwait City serves as the country's political and economic capital.  Kuwait’s climate is that of a dry desert with intensely hot summers and short cool winters.

Most of the country is a flat desert plain, broken by coastal dunes and escarpments, marshes, and salt depressions around Kuwait Bay.  There is an oasis in Jahra.  The country has nine offshore islands.

One of Kuwait’s most important landmarks is the Kuwait Towers which were designed to resemble traditional Arabian rose water sprinklers.  Inside the largest tower there is a superb coffee house and revolving observation platform.

The official and native language of Kuwait is Arabic. Although Kuwaitis speak several Gulf dialects, English is also widely spoken.  The unit of currency is the Kuwaiti Dinar, abbreviated "KD".   Its current value in US dollars is $3.62.  The Kuwaiti Dinar is one of the strongest currencies in the middle East.

There is a huge array of Arabic and international restaurants in Kuwait.  And, many people dine out in free standing restaurants on busy streets as well as restaurants located within modern malls.  Almost every cuisine is available in high-end and casual dining restaurants.  Kuwait is known for its culinary specialties and catering services.

Foreign firms without a local agent or an agency agreement duly registered with the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry are not allowed to bid on government contracts.  Consequently, foreign firms should be pre-registered through their local agent in all the government entities.