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About Kuwait

Located in the north-east corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Kuwait is one of the smallest countries in the world in terms of land area. 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


Kuwait is a constitutional monarchy. About 57% of the Kuwaiti population is Arab, 39% Asian, and 4% are classified Bidun (stateless Arabs). Kuwait's official language is Arabic, and English is the second language


The State of Kuwait is directing its attention towards Inclusive Education, which provides opportunity to all children, irrespective of their social class, including children with special needs. It is ranked 29th on Human Development Index( HDI) by UNESCO, highest among other Arab countries. Kuwait education system is marked by several achievements in recent years.


As of 2005 the literacy rate of Kuwait is 93.3 percent. Kuwait is facing challenges in improving the quality of education at all levels and to build capacities of students’ from a young age. The Ministry of Education is also making efforts to incorporate women into the educated workforce through various programs, for instance the 1989 initiative to establish daytime literacy clinics for women. The Kuwaiti government also offers scholarships to students accepted in universities in United States, United Kingdom and other foreign institutes. There is also higher education, which has improved drastically in the past years.

Religion


The majority of Kuwait's population identify themselves as Muslims. Estimates of the percentage of people in Kuwait who practice Islam vary between 89% and 99%. Despite Islam being the state religion, Kuwait has a large community of Christians , Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs.


Culture


The influence of Islamic and Arab culture on its architecture, music, attire, cuisine and lifestyle is prominent as well.


Transportation


Kuwait has an extensive, modern and well-maintained network of highways. On major highways the maximum speed is 120 km/h. Since there is no railway system in the country, most of the people travel by automobiles. The government plans to construct US$11 billion rail network. Bus services are provided by several government and private companies. There is only one civil airport in Kuwait, Kuwait International Airport serves as the principal hub for international air travel. State-owned Kuwait Airways is the largest airline in the country. In 2004, the first private airline of Kuwait, Jazeera Airways, was launched. In 2005, the second private airline, Wataniya Airways of Kuwait was founded.