Kuwait

Where Is Kuwait and What Is The Weather Like?

Kuwait is a Middle Eastern country that shares land borders with Saudi Arabia in the south, and Iraq in the north and west. On the country’s eastern shore lies the Persian Gulf.

Kuwait’s climate is hot and dry, with a considerable amount of season difference in precipitation and temperature. In summer daily temperatures often reach as high as 48 degrees Celsius, and temperatures as high as 53 degrees have been recorded. After the long, hot summers that are characteristic of Kuwait, winter sets in with temperatures that frequently drop below 0 degrees.

To many people in the western world Kuwait is know mainly for its large oil reserves and its role in the Gulf War, but the reality is that Kuwait has much more to offer. The country’s capital, Kuwait City, is a bustling modern city that is is known to seasoned travellers as a premier shopping destination.

Kuwaiti people are also known very hospitable, and as a country that is more than 95% Muslim, are strongly connected to their national religion. Muslim citizens pray multiple times a day, and during Ramadan—the holy month—daily periods of fasting are broken at sunset as family and friends meet to celebrate and feast.

A Brief History of Kuwait

In ancient times, Kuwait was an important point of contact between cultures in Arabia and Mesopotamia, and a site of early maritime trading. The area was colonised by ancient Greeks around the 3rd century BCE, and the coastal city of Kadhima became one of its principle trade ports.

By the 16th century Kuwait was under Portuguese rule, was an important location for maritime trading, and played an integral role in local industry. However, by the early 20th century Kuwait’s economic importance began to decline. The British Empire imposed trade restrictions during World War I, further damaging Kuwait’s struggling economy.

After World War II, Kuwait became the Persian Gulf’s largest oil exporter, ushering in a new era of prosperity. However, after a major economic crisis in the 1980s and the Iran-Iraq war, Kuwait was again in decline. In 1990, invasion by Iraq triggered the Gulf War, leading to a mass exodus of around half the country’s population.

Kuwait: Native Flora and Fauna (Wildlife)

Kuwait’s native flora and fauna are limited, but millions of birds pass through the region annually, as the country is located on several heavily-trafficked bird migration routes. Around 28 species of mammal are native to Kuwait, including gazelles, desert rabbits, wolves, jackals, red foxes, and a small nocturnal wild cat called a caracal. In part due to the destruction caused by the Gulf War, much of Kuwait’s remaining biodiversity is concentrated in the coastal and marine regions.

Vegetation is sparse during the hot dry summers, but when rain is plentiful, even the desert regions come alive with plant life. Wild grasses and thorny shrubs are typically the only plants that flourish during the dry season, but after the rains, there is a proliferation of colourful wildflowers such as orange and yellow hanla, pink, white, and yellow oqhowan, and lehiet al-tais, a small yellow flower. Kuwait’s national flower is another yellow bloom, called al-arfaj.

Moving to the UK from Kuwait to live, work or study

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