A Look At Kuwait

"Mushrooms" in the desert: water towers in Kuwait.

 Geography

Kuwait is located in the north-east corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It lies between latitudes 28° and 31° N, and longitudes 46° and 49° E. The flat, sandy Arabian Desert covers most of Kuwait. The country is generally low lying, with the highest point being 306 m (1,004 ft) above sea-level. It has nine islands, the Bubiyan is the largest island in Kuwait and is connected to the rest of the country by a 2,380 m (7,808 ft) long bridge. The land area is considered arable  and sparse vegetation is found along its 499 km long coastline. Kuwait City is located on Kuwait Bay, a natural deep-water harbor.

The spring season in March is warm and pleasant with occasional thunderstorms. The frequent winds from the northwest are cold in winter and spring and hot in summer. Southeasterly winds, usually hot and damp, spring up between July and October; hot and dry south winds prevail in spring and early summer. The shamal, a northwesterly wind common during June and July, causes dramatic sandstorms.

 Topography

State of Kuwait is famous for its flat topography and slightly uneven desert. The land slopes gradually from the sea level in the east at the coast of the Arabian Gulf to the west and the southwest. The height of the southwestern corner reaches 300 meters above the sea level.

Small hills are spread in Kuwait, like along the ridge of Jal Al-Zour that overlooks the northern coast of Kuwait Bay. The height of this ridge reaches 145 meters. Also, there are Al-Laiyah and Keraa Al-Marw hills. Valleys, lowlands, that are locally known as Al-Khubarat, and sand dunes are found lot in Kuwait. Among the main valleys in Kuwait is Al-Baten Valley as well as Al-Sheqaq Valleys. The first stretches along the western borders of Kuwait, where as Al-Sheqaq Valleys are located in the northwestern part of Kuwait. Al-Khubarat Valleys are spread in different places. The most important of Al-Khubarat Valleys are Al-Rawdatain and Umm Al-Aish, which are located in the north.

   Kuwait Weather

Located in the desert geographical region, Kuwait has a continental climate characterized by its dry hot long summer and short warm winter with occasional rainfalls. Dusty storms often occur during the summer months. The relative humidity increases and temperature sometimes reaches 50 °C under shadow.

Despite its short period, winter in Kuwait is warm. However, during winter the temperature occasionally reaches 18 °C or even 0 °C.Winter rainfalls are irregular and vary in quantity from one year to other.
For the autumn and spring seasons, they are distinguished by their short periods.

 Economy
Kuwait is the one of the richest countries in the world,it has a geographically small, but wealthy, relatively open economy with crude oil reserves of about 104 billion barrels – about 7% of world reserves. Petroleum accounts for nearly half of GDP, 95% of export revenues, and 95% of government income. Kuwaiti officials have committed to increasing oil production to 4 million barrels per day by 2020. The rise in global oil prices throughout 2011 is reviving government consumption and economic growth. Kuwait has experienced a 20% increase in government budget revenue, which has led to higher budget expenditures, particularly wage hikes for many public sector employees.
GDP (purchasing power parity): GDP (purchasing power parity): $155.5 billion (2011 est.) $143.7 billion (2010 est.) $138.9 billion (2009 est.) note: data are in 2011 US dollars
GDP (official exchange rate): GDP (official exchange rate): $176.7 billion (2011 est.)
GDP – real growth rate: 8.2% (2011 est.) 3.4% (2010 est.) -5.2% (2009 est.)
GDP – per capita (PPP): GDP – per capita (PPP): $42,200 (2011 est.) $40,100 (2010 est.) $39,900 (2009 est.) note: data are in 2011 US dollars
GDP – composition by sector: agriculture: 0.3% industry: 47.4% services: 52.3% (2011 est.)
Labor force: 2.243 million note: non-Kuwaitis represent about 60% of the labor force (2011 est.)
Exchange rates: Kuwaiti dinars (KD) per US dollar – 0.2858 (2011 est.) 0.2866 (2010 est.) 0.2877 (2009) 0.2679 (2008) 0.2844 (2007)
Fiscal year: 1 April – 31 March

 

 Some Tourist Spots in Kuwait
Kuwait Towers Picture             Aqua Park Picture             Entertainment City Picture
Aqua Park
Inaugurated in 1995, Aqua Park is not only the first water park in the Gulf, but also the biggest of its kind in region. The park spreads over an area of 60,000 square meters. It is located on the Arab Gulf Street next to Kuwait Towers. Aqua Park offers unlimited means of entertainment for the whole family. One can practice a variety of water and fun games, enjoy all kinds of swimming pool areas for kids and adults, learn scuba diving at the diving club, and play volleyball in the sandy beaches.
Phone: 22431960/1/3
Website: www.aquaparkkuwait.com
Entertainment City
The Entertainment City is the Disneyland of Kuwait. The City is located 20 Kilometers from Kuwait City. It provides a complete range of entertainment for every member in the family. Children and grownups alike can spend an extraordinary day visiting various parks: Arab World, International World and Future World. It is as if you live in a world different from your real world.
The Entertainment City is open everyday except Saturdays and Mondays which are allocated for women. Entrance ticket is 3.500 K.D per person. It is open from Sunday to Wednesday. In summer it opens from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am, and in winter it opens from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm. On Thursday and Friday, it opens from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Phone: 24879455
Kuwait Towers
You will never forget the magnificent view for Kuwait City from Kuwait Towers. It has a special panoramic view for all the City. In 1980, Kuwait Towers won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which is one of the most prestigious awards. The towers are distinguished by their panoramic view that revolves 360 degree. They, also, have huge tanks, which can store millions of gallons of water. Kuwait Towers are located at the Arabian Gulf Avenue, in Al-Sharq district. Phone: 22444021 – 22444038
Website: www.kuwaittowers.com/Index.aspx

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