Kuwait

Will Jahnke
Kuwait is a small country in the Middle East that borders Iraq to the west and north,
The country of Kuwait and its flag colors
The country of Kuwait and its flag colors

the Persian Gulf to the east, and Saudi Arabia to the south. The coordinates near the center is located at about 29.2`N, 47.5`E. The largest city and the capital of Kuwait is Kuwait City located near the Persian Gulf. Kuwait is a major trade port between India and the countries of Mesopotamia.

Flag

The official name of the flag of Kuwait is Dowlat al kuwait.The flag was first developed and made the national flag of Kuwait on September 7th, 1961. The flag has three horizontal and equal stripes of green, white, and red, with a black quadrilateral with two parallel sides. The colors are based on the Arabic poem of Al-Deen Al-Hali. Green represents the land, white represents Kuwait's actions, red represents the sword, and black represents their battles.

Physical Geography

Kuwait does not have many physical features that make it a unique country. It is mostly hot desert with no mountains or lakes, although the Kuwait Bay is the largest and most important "body" of water in the country. It also has a few islands located of the shore in the Persian Gulf. The islands of Bubiyan, which is the largest island, and Warbah are unpopulated pieces of land in the Persian Gulf along with the island of Faylakah, which is mostly unpopulated, but was settled by Alexander the Great in Kuwait Bay. The entire country of Kuwait is a little smaller than the size of New Jersey. The climate of all of Kuwait is desert with an average of about 3 to 6 inches of rain a year. During the summer months, the temperature can be anywhere in between 100`F to 115`F, witht the highest ever recorded temperature being 126`F. But, during the witner months, the temperatures vary from 59`F to 68`F during the day and as low as 32`F during the night. Frost sometime occurs near the Persian Gulf, but it rains more in the winter rather than snow.

Physical Map of Kuwait
Physical Map of Kuwait

Population

The populations of Kuwait is about 2,595,628 people according to a 2011 estimate with a population density of about 435 people per square mile. The growth rate of Kuwait is 1.986% with a birth rate of 21.32 people per 1,000 people and a death rate of 2.11 people per 1,000 people. There is very little immigration between Kuwait and other countries of about 1 person per 1,000 people moving away. Some major cities and their population are As Salimiyah, which is the largest city in Kuwait with a population of 147,649 people, and the capital, Kuwait City, with a population of 60,064. Most of the larger cities are along the Kuwait Bay area and along the Persian Gulf.

Sociology

Social structure in Kuwait is based mostly on money. At the top of the list is the ruling family, next is the merchant families, then the original families and workers from Kuwait, then Arabs from neighboring countries, and last is people from foreign countries. In each of these social classes, the people in them tend to stick together with people of there own social class. But, some classes tend to intermix, usually by marriage, and share property and wealth.
Family pattern differ, but usually follow the same set of rules in Kuwait. Marriages are often arranged by the parents and women need their father's permission to marry. Women are only allowed to have one husband, but a man can have a maximum of four wives. Kuwait families are often large, usually around an average of ten children and are very private. Sometimes it is even normal for cousins in a family to marry.

Customs

Customs in Kuwait are mostly celbrated among families, neighbors, and friends. There are many little occasions people celebrate such as a child growing their first tooth and the preparation for Ramadan, but aren't necessarily cosidered holidays. Marriages is considered a huge celebration in a person's life and lots of money is usually spent on it. Fashion is usually the same throughout the country, men usually wear a nice shirts and pants while women tend to wear a cloak type robe or dress. When is comes to someone dying, people in Kuwait don't have customs like we do in the United States. A large amount of grief and sadness is in the environment, but there is no funeral held as it is considered unnecessary. And there are many more little games kids play and thing people do to enjoy themselves.
Holidays are based upon the sightings and phases of the moon and many important holidays usually fall on a Friday. The exact date the holiday falls on depends on where the moon is located. Some holidays include:
- New Years Day
- Mouloud (the birth of the Prophet)
- National Day
- Al-Esra Wa Al-Meraj (the ascension of the Prophet into heaven)
- Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)

Government

Kuwait has a parliamentary constitutional monarchy in which one person, the Emir, has a majority of the politic power. The current Emir of Kuwait is Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his family, the Al-Sabah dynasty, has been in control since the year 1752. Kuwait also has a Prime Minister, which currently is Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah. Elections are held every four years, like the U.S., but a person must be the age of 21 to vote. Kuwait has two branches of government known as the Legislative Branch, which is called the National Assembly led by 65 people, and the Judicial Branch, known as the Summary Court.
Emir of Kuwait
Emir of Kuwait
Prime Minister of Kuwait
Prime Minister of Kuwait














Economy

The economy of Kuwait is fairly good compare to most countries in the Middle East. The GDP of Kuwait is around $135 billion making it the 59th richest country in the world and a GDP per capita of $84,309, that's more than the United States! The reason why Kuwait has such a good economy is that the entire country has many oil reserves and oil is one of there main exports. In fact, the country makes over $95 billion in exports, but like most countries, Kuwait is in debt, around $14 billion. Industry is the most popular form of income in Kuwait and has a very limited area for agricultural products. Fishing is also pretty popular in Kuwait.

Culture

The sportsof Kuwait are very similar to that of the United States with football (soccer) being the most popular. There are many other different sports people play indoor and outdoors such as bowling, ping-pong, golf, horse racing, and swimming. The Kuwait soccer team has achieved much success at national levels.
The clothingof Kuwait is similar by both what men and women wear. Men usually wear a dishdasha, a floor length robe like in the picture you see above with clothes underneath, usually in white. Women tend to wear the same, but in different colors such as red or black.
The official languageof Kuwait is Guld Arabic which is a mixture of Arabic languages usually spoken near the Persian Gulf.
Literaturein Kuwait is similar to waht we read such as poetry and studies. Kuwait is very open to learning about other country's literature and often needs to be translated by people who can speak and read english.
Cinema in Kuwait is fairly popular with the movie we watch. Modern films that are being released are played in Kuwait movie theaters.
The musicin Kuwait is similar to that of blues, played with many instruments and people. Pop music is also very popular and there are festivals that are held to play new music in Kuwait's major cities.

Muslim Grand Mosque in Kuwait City
Muslim Grand Mosque in Kuwait City

Religion

The main religion in Kuwait is mostly Islamic with the majority of the population being Muslim. Most of the people who are Muslim are Sunni, but the are few people who are Shi'a. The Grand Mosque were many Muslims go to pray is licated in Kuwait City were many Muslim scholare go to learn. Christianity is also present in Kuwait, but has a very small group with a Angelican Church with only 115 people. Judaism is present too, but no churches are officially built.



Problems

1) Kuwait wants to replace Syria in UN Rights Coucil (May 10, 2011)
2) Citizen protests for state recognition (February 20, 2011
3) Kuwait cabinet resigns to avoid answering questions about soldiers (March 31, 2011)
4) Oil exports stopped due to sandstorm (April 13, 2011)

Possible Solutions

1) Run for UN Rights Council
2) Riot control and grant wishes to community
3) Answer the community's questions
4) Take precautions, wait for storm to pass

Questions

1) What is the capital of Kuwait?
2) What is the main religion in Kuwait?
3) What is the population of Kuwait?
4) Which has more power?
- The Emir
- The Prime Minister
5) What is the most famous sport in Kuwait?

Answers

1) Kuwait City
2) Islam
3) About 2.5 million people
4) The Emir
5) Soccer

Bibliography...

Kuwait flag information: http://www.mapsofworld.com/flags/kuwait-flag.html
Physical geography of Kuwait: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Kuwait
Kuwait population information: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ku.html
Kuwait major cities with population: http://population.mongabay.com/population/kuwait
Social structures of Kuwait: http://www.everyculture.com/Ja-Ma/Kuwait.html
Kuwait customs and traditions: http://www.e.gov.kw/sites/kgoenglish/portal/Pages/Visitors/AboutKuwait/CultureAndHeritage_CustomsAndTraditions.aspx
Holidays in Kuwait: http://www.ameinfo.com/kuwait_public_holidays/
Kuwait government: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Kuwait
Economy of Kuwait: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Kuwait#cite_note-imf2-0
Sports in Kuwait: http://kuwait-embassy.or.jp/english/way/sports.html
Kuwait clothing: http://www.kuwaitiah.net/culture.html
Languages in Kuwait: http://www.asiarooms.com/en/travel-guide/kuwait/kuwait-overview/kuwait-language.html
Literature in Kuwait: http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?Language=en&id=1897106
Kuwait music: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Kuwait
Religions in Kuwait: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Kuwait
Kuwait current problems: http://abcnews.go.com/search?searchtext=kuwait