Posted by Kidzworld on July 9th, 2009
Someone on Kidzworld once asked me if Kuwait was close to Iraq, I said yes because it is and the person didn’t reply to me again.
Quite funny, isn’t it? A lot of people don’t know where Kuwait is, and the people who do, they think it’s like Iraq. I’ve lived here for almost 17 years and I can assure you that it’s a very safe country. We have a few rules and laws that you mustn’t break, if you do, obviously you get in trouble. I’ll get to the laws in a bit; first let me tell you some facts about Kuwait.
Kuwait is an independent country bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and Iraq to the north and west. It has a population of 3 million and 60% of that is non-nationals.
In 1990, Kuwait was attacked and invaded by neighboring Iraq. The seven month-long torture came to an end when US-led forces got involved.
Kuwait has the fifth largest oil reserve and is one of the richest countries in the world.
Kuwaiti Dinar is the strongest currency in the world, 1 K.D is more valuable than 3 U.S dollars.
You can see all the latest vehicles here and I bet some of them you usually don’t see out there either.
Arabic is the national language here though English is widely spoken too.
85% of Kuwait’s population practices Islam but there are large communities of other religions too.
The weather is an issue sometimes, ‘cause one day it’ll be pleasant and relaxing the next morning we have a sand storm. Summer lasts from May to September which is extremely hot and dry, crossing 45 C (155 F) during day time. Winter season, from November through February, is cool but when it reaches – 2 C, it’s not at all fun. (We had two sand storms in past 3 days, believe me, you don’t feel like going out because of the dust).
Now let’s talk about the laws.
Since Kuwait is a Muslim country and is ruled as per the laws of Islam hence intoxications like alcohol and drugs are prohibited.
Huge concerts and discos are not allowed, where people can gather in large volumes in order to avoid commotion, riots and other such public disturbance. But then again, people can host private parties or house parties where the environment is the same as a disc.
Also, women have the right to vote and represent as a judicial member of the government. They are also allowed to work, hold a valid driving license and do not have any restrictions on dress code.
That’s some basic information to begin with, now I’ll tell you about my opinion of this country.
I love everything about Kuwait, other than the summer. Just like they say, there’s no place like home. And although, I wish to go to U.S.A, I think somehow one day I’ll always have to come back here.
People are very generous, they welcome tourists and treat them with courtesy.
Generally living in Kuwait is not as rigid as it is in other Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran etc… But then again, as compared to other developed democratic countries like U.S.A, U.K etc, there are certain drawbacks as well.
The reason why I live in Kuwait is because my family is settled here since the past 17 years and as I’m a follower of Islam, it becomes easy for me to understand the laws of an Islamic country and live according to the rules and regulations imposed.
I hope you got an idea of what Kuwait is like.
(This is a beach side view of the Kuwait Towers)
Take care and keep enjoying life.
P.S. Tell me what you guys think after reading this.