Basic Data


Area : 17,818 Sq Km
Population : 2,832,776 (July 2016 est.)
Population Growth Rate : 1.53% (2016 est.)
Religion : Kuwait is an Islamic state and the vast majority of the population is Muslim.
Government System : An Amir in conjunction with a freely elected National Assembly rules the country.
Languages : Arabic is the official language in Kuwait. English is the second language for most of the expatriate community and a major language in the business community.
Weights and Measures : Metric system.
Principal main cities : Kuwait (Capital), Hawalli, Salimiyah, Ahmadi, Shuwaikh
Currency : The unit is the Kuwaiti Dinar (KD) divided into 1,000 Fils
Climate : Dry desert; intensely hot summers; short, cool winters
Working hours :

Government Offices: Summer: 07:00-14:00 Saturday-Wednesday, Winter: 07:30-14:30 Saturday-Wednesday, Ramadan: 10:00-13:00
Private Organizations: 08:30-12:30 and 16:30-20:00 (Friday closed), (Commercial establishments) 09:00-16:00 (Friday-Saturday closed), (financial and service companies), 09:00-14:00 and 19:00-00:00 (Ramadan hours)
Banks: 08:00-15:00 (closed Friday and Saturday)

Direct Dial Country Code : Country Code (965)
Holidays : New Year’s Day - 1 January, Eid Al-Adha, Islamic New Year, Kuwait National Day - 25 February, Kuwait Liberation Day - 26 February, The Prophet’s Birthday, Ascension Day of the Prophet Mohammed
Principal Imports : Food, Construction Materials, Clothing & Garments, Machinery
Principal Exports : Oil and refined products, Fertilizers
Time : GMT + 3 hours

Business Customs
Business executives or account executives will have no communication difficulties with their Kuwaiti counterparts. English is widely spoken and many Kuwaiti business leaders were educated overseas.In General, a personal relationship is an important basis for a successful business relationship in Kuwait.

Visa Requirements
Passports and visas are required for citizens traveling to Kuwait. Travelers who overstay their visas may face serious fines when leaving Kuwait. Travelers who leave Kuwait without completing Kuwaiti exit procedures may face serious fines if they return to and attempt to depart from Kuwait.

Telecommunications
The telephone system and communication services in Kuwait are supplied by the Ministry of Communications (MOC) and by private entities. The telephone system is good. E-mail, faxes and the Internet are widely used in international business. There are over 200,000 Internet users and several service providers including Global Direct Television and Shownet Internet solutions, Gulf Telecom, Quality Net, Fast Telecommunications Company, and KEMS.Travelers can make direct international calls and cellular telephone service is readily available.

Language
The official language of the State of Kuwait is Arabic. For international projects and procurement tenders, written communication is often in English. Private businesses are free to choose the language for contracts, however, some contracts such as employment contracts and business notices i.e. announcements of the implementation of Government of Kuwait regulations, must by law be in Arabic. Corporate and or agency registration with the Kuwait Ministry of Commerce and Industry must be in Arabic, however, English or foreign language translation may be included in the submission of registration documents. A private entity may offer translation of official Arabic text. Where documents are in multiple languages, the Arabic version is the legally binding text. English is widely spoken in the business community, and most expatriates have a sufficient command of the English language.