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"A small emirate nestled between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Kuwait is situated in a section of one of the driest, least-hospitable deserts on earth. Its shore, however, includes Kuwait Bay, a deep harbour on the Persian Gulf. There, in the 18th century, Bedouin from the interior founded a trading post—the name “Kuwait” is derived from the Arabic diminutive of the Hindustani kūt(“fort”). Since the emirate’s ruling family, the Āl Ṣabāḥ, formally established a sheikhdom in 1756, the country’s fortunes have been linked to foreign commerce. In time and with accumulated wealth, the small fort grew to become Kuwait city, a modern metropolis mingling skyscrapers, apartment buildings, and mosques."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"Oil reserves in the country were discovered in 1934. Kuwait’s oil reserves are the world’s sixth largest."

Customs and Culture:

"As Kuwait is predominately an Islamic country, alcohol is illegal within its borders. Islam influences many customs regarding food, the most prominent of which is the fasting month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, practitioners of Islam fast between sunrise and sunset. Also at this time, the consumption of food, drink, and tobacco in public is forbidden."

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   Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid

Visas: Required and issued on arrival.

What to Pack: "After-hours, you can definitely wear what you want- within reason. I wouldn’t recommend booty shorts or crop tops, but jeans and t-shirts are perfectly fine. Shorts that cover the majority of your thigh are also ok. As long as your blouse doesn’t expose all of your cleavage, you won’t be offending anyone."



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When You Arrive

Water Safety: Most travelers do not need to take special food or water precautions beyond what they normally do at home. 

Currency: Kuwaiti dinar Exchange Rate

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Kuwait City


"The 'black gold' (oil), which was discovered in Kuwait early in the 20th century, has been the secret of Kuwait City's dramatic transformation from modest pearling town to thriving, international business hub."

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