Kuwait is an oil-rich emirate in the Persian Gulf. Formerly a British protectorate, its culture is closer to Bahrain than to its conservative neighbour Saudi Arabia. Out of a population of almost 4.2 million, nearly 3 million are expats. However, much of its heritage survives, including Bedouin textiles and handicrafts. Kuwait is almost the size of Wales, but away from the coastline it is nearly all flat desert plains.
Kuwait is almost a city-state – its capital, the cosmopolitan Kuwait City, is the only large town. It’s on the coast, and its fresh sea breezes used to attract the Bedouin, who would come to escape from droughts in one of the driest deserts on earth. The city’s most famous buildings, and a symbol of the nation, are the Kuwait Towers. These have a very Middle Eastern flavour, topped by their distinctive turquoise ‘sequins’. The tallest tower, 187 m in height, has a revolving observation deck as well as a giant pod holding around four million litres of water. The city also has lively souks (markets), restaurants and extravagant shopping malls, as well as world-class museums and perfectly manicured beaches. Read More
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