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Kuwait: Middle Eastern Oil-rich Country with Modern Islamic Values

Kuwait is considered to be the part of an early Mesopotamian Civilisation. In 1756 it became an autonomous sheikdom. Abd Rahim of the al-Sabah became the first sheik, and his descendants continue to rule Kuwait till today. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries Kuwait became the part of Ottoman Empire. In 1897 Kuwait became the part of British after threat of occupation by Turks. In 1961, Britain ended the protectorate and declared Kuwait an independent nation. Soon afterward the Arab League sent in troops, replacing the British. Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990 and set up a pro-Iraqi provisional government. Coalitions of Arab and Western military forces compelled Iraqi troops to leave Kuwait in mere four days. This ended the Persian Gulf War and established independent government in Kuwait.

Kuwait Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures

    · National Name: The State of Kuwait
    · Capital: Kuwait City
    · Total area: 17,818 sq km (6,880 sq miles)
    · Population: 2.9 million (UN, 2007)
    · Currency: Dinar
    · Languages: Arabic (official), English widely spoken
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Kuwaiti 45%, other Arab 35%, South Asian 9%, Iranian 4%, other 7%
    · Religion: Muslim 85% (Sunni 70%, Shia 30%), other (includes Christian, Hindu, Parsi) 15%
    · GDP (Per Capita): $55,900 (2007 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 76.38 years, Female: 78.73 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: Male: 94.4%, Female: 91% (2005 census)

Geographical Information on Kuwait:
Iraq is located in the Northeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is one of the smallest countries in the world in terms of land area. Kuwait is bordered by the Persian Gulf and lies between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It is the only country in the world that has no natural lake or water reservoir.

Kuwait enjoys an arid continental climate with extremely hot and dry weather and high temperatures during daytime and summer seasons lasts from April to September, while the winter season lasts from November to February with some precipitation.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Kuwait:
Kuwait cultural heritage derives from its deep-rooted historical legacy. The beliefs and faiths of traditional culture are embedded in Kuwait’s’ social rites that include traditional Kuwaiti food, sports, and family life. The strong relation with Western nations provides cosmopolitan aspects to Iraqi culture. Kuwait is considered as one of the Arab’s most modernized nations in terms of individual rights.

The Kuwaiti cuisine resembles Kuwait’s poly-ethnic diversity. The ancient trade routes introduced spices to the Kuwaiti cuisine. There is a vast range of foodstuff that is available in Kuwait ranging from seafood, meat from lamb and chicken, to the various types of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Tourist Attractions of Kuwait:
The tourists flock to Kuwait due to its architectural wonders that reflect modern as well as traditional Arabic styles. The cosmopolitan societal structure provides flexibility to the foreign tourists.
The Liberation Tower in Kuwait represents the Kuwaiti liberation from the Iraqi invasion. It is the 21st tallest tower in the world. Kuwait Towers consist of three separate towers and it is the famous landmark of the city. The mosques and cathedrals are some famous sightseeing places in Kuwait. The decoration of these mosques and churches displays intricate design of traditional and contemporary architecture. Some of the sites are Grand Mosque in Kuwait, and Our Lady of Arabia Church.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Kuwait include:

    · Tareq Rajab Museum
    · Kuwait musical fountain
    · The Kuwait National Museum
    · Kuwait Zoological Park

Asian squash: Indian men in last eight

May 3, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Kuwait, May 3 (IANS) The Indian teams continued their winning ways in both the men's and women's sections at the 16th Asian team squash championship here Tuesday.

Demand for Indian domestic workers abroad: Ravi

May 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) There is demand for Indian workers of various skill sets such as housemaids and home nurses abroad, including in the Gulf countries, Malaysia, Singapore and in some European nations, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vyalar Ravi said Wednesday.

Pakistan expected to struggle in Asian Squash

April 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) Pakistan's inexperienced team will struggle and have slim chances to defend their title of Asian squash team championship scheduled to be held next month in Kuwait, said an analyst Friday.

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India, Kuwait to cooperate on healthcare

April 23, 2012 at 8:12 PM

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) India and Kuwait Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on bilateral medical cooperation to boost healthcare, a government statement said.

Kerala-born Yusuffali making waves in Gulf

April 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Abu Dhabi, April 23 (IANS) Kerala-born M. A. Yusuffali is today dubbed as one of the most influential Indians in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.

Asian Snooker: Aditya beats Kuwait's Mubarak

April 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Doha, Apri 22 (IANS) India's No. 1 snooker pro Aditya Mehta registered his second win at the 28th Asian Snooker Championships, beating Mubarak Alowais of Kuwait 4-0 here Sunday.

Britain slams Ahmedinejad's visit to Abu Musa

April 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM

London, April 20 (IANS/WAM) Britain has described the recent visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad to the disputed island of Abu Musa as "highly unfortunate".

Kazakh men use national flag to collect trash

April 18, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Moscow, April 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Police in Kazakhstan have launched a criminal investigation into a report about a group of men using the national flag to collect garbage.

Pakistani textile brand to open 200 stores in India

April 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Pakistan-based fashion house Sefam, which already has a store in the capital's Greater Kailash market, is planning to expand its network in India with 200 stores in the next five years.

Kuwait, Lebanon hold talks

March 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Baghdad, March 29 (IANS/WAM) Kuwait and Lebanon held talks Thursday on the sidelines of the 23rd Arab summit in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Non-Muslim Filipinos in Saudi Arabia told to be cautious after top cleric issues 'fatwa'

March 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Manila, Mar 27(ANI): The Filipino population in Saudi Arabia has been told to be more watchful while expressing their faith by an official of a migrant watch group, after one of country's most influential Islamic cleric issued a fatwa against religious structures in the Arab Peninsula.

Gagan wins silver in Kuwait Shooting Grand Prix

March 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) India's ace rifle shooter Gagan Narang bagged his second silver medal, this time in the men's 50m rifle three position, at the Amir of Kuwait International Shooting Grand Prix.

'Borat' spoof Kazakh anthem played by mistake at sporting event

March 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Sydney, Mar 24 (ANI): Kazakhstan's shooting team had to bear listening to a spoof national anthem from the satirical movie 'Borat' after it was played accidentally at a medal ceremony in Kuwait.

'Borat' spoof Kazakh anthem played by mistake at sporting event

March 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Sydney, Mar 24 (ANI): Kazakhstan's shooting team had to bear listening to a spoof national anthem from the satirical movie 'Borat' after it was played accidentally at a medal ceremony in Kuwait.

Pakistan considering allowing petrol imports from India

March 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Islamabad, Mar 23 (ANI): Pakistan is expected to bring out a notification next month allowing import of certain goods, including petrol and food items from India, Energy Secretary Ejaz Chaudhry has said.

US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians identified

March 17, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Washington, Mar 17 (ANI): The US soldier, who allegedly killed 16 Afghans, has been named as Staff Sergeant Robert Bales.

US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians identified

March 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Washington, Mar 17 (ANI): The US soldier, who allegedly killed 16 Afghans, has been named as Staff Sergeant Robert Bales.

Afghan shootings: Suspect US soldier flown to Kuwait

March 15, 2012 at 9:27 PM

London, Mar.15 (ANI): An American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, including women and children, has been flown to Kuwait.

Afghan shootings: Suspect US soldier flown to Kuwait

March 15, 2012 at 4:28 PM

London, Mar.15 (ANI): An American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, including women and children, has been flown to Kuwait.

Israel Minister expresses faith in probe of Delhi blast, but warns about nuke capable Iran

February 21, 2012 at 9:59 PM

New Delhi, Feb.21 (ANI): Israeli Energy and Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau on Tuesday expressed faith in the investigations of a bomb blast near its embassy in New Delhi, saying he expected the perpetrators to be 'chased and found', but warned the world about dangers of a "nuclear capable" Iran.

Singapore ranked 'unhealthiest country' in Eco2 Index

February 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): Singapore - a country that looks good economically - has been listed as the unhealthiest nation in a new economic and environmental index that includes 152 countries around the world.

Israel Minister expresses faith in probe of Delhi blast, but warns about nuke capable Iran

February 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM

New Delhi, Feb.21 (ANI): Israeli Energy and Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau on Tuesday expressed faith in the investigations of a bomb blast near its embassy in New Delhi, saying he expected the perpetrators to be 'chased and found', but warned the world about dangers of a "nuclear capable" Iran.

Singapore ranked 'unhealthiest country' in Eco2 Index

February 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): Singapore - a country that looks good economically - has been listed as the unhealthiest nation in a new economic and environmental index that includes 152 countries around the world.

Syria expels ambassadors of Tunisia, Libya

February 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Damascus, Feb. 13 (ANI): Syria has expelled the ambassadors of Libya and Tunisia and given them 72- hour deadline to leave the country.

Syria expels ambassadors of Tunisia, Libya

February 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Damascus, Feb. 13 (ANI): Syria has expelled the ambassadors of Libya and Tunisia and given them 72- hour deadline to leave the country.

Singer Deepali Joshi killed in car accident in Kuwait

January 30, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Dubai, Jan 30 (ANI): Renowned Indian singer Deepali Joshi died in a tragic road accident in Kuwait on her way from the airport to the hotel on Friday night.

Singer Deepali Joshi killed in car accident in Kuwait

January 30, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Well known Indian singer Deepali Joshi died in a tragic road accident in Kuwait while going to hotel from the airport on Friday night.

Singer Deepali Joshi killed in car accident in Kuwait

January 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Dubai, Jan 30 (ANI): Renowned Indian singer Deepali Joshi died in a tragic road accident in Kuwait on her way from the airport to the hotel on Friday night.

Syrian regime decides to stand up to 'conspiring universe'

January 25, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Damascus (Syria), Jan.25 (ANI): The Syrian regime has vowed to solve its own problems even if "half the universe" is conspiring against it.

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