Kuwait City is the capital of the Arab country, the State of Kuwait. It is the third richest country in the Middle East, and home to 4,420,110 people.
- The name Kuwait City
- Hot city
- The Liberation Tower
- Text savvy
- Gigantic banner
- Not so fast food
- Soap operas
The name Kuwait City
The name Kuwait City derives from the Arabic meaning, ‘fortress city built by water.’ The city lies on Kuwait Bay, a natural deep-water harbour, where 90% of Kuwait’s population live.
In the summer, Kuwait City is one of the hottest cities on earth. The average summer temperature is 45 degrees celsius. The hot desert climate of the city creates prolonged summers and short winters. In addition to the excruciating heat, sand storms frequently occur during the summer months from the Shamal wind.
The Liberation Tower
The Liberation Tower, is a 372-meter high telecommunication tower that stands in the middle of Kuwait City. It is the fifth tallest telecommunication tower in the world, the 39th tallest building in the world, and is over 10% taller than the Eiffel Tower.
On the 1st of March 2012, the Guinness Book of World Records recognised Kuwait City as the place where the fastest prescribed 160-character text message was sent.
The Guinness Book of World Records returned to Kuwait City in 2018, when the record was set for the largest banner to be flown behind a vehicle. The banner measured 4,690 square feet, and was flown behind a vehicle as part of celebrating 100 years since the launch of Chevrolet trucks.
Not so fast food
When McDonald’s opened in Kuwait City, the drive-through line was, at times, 7 miles long.
Kuwait soap operas are amongst the most popular in the Arab world. Most of the Gulf soap operas are based in Kuwait and performed using Kuwait dialect. Some of these soap operas are popular in places as far as Tunisia.
Kuwait is a petroleum-based economy. Petroleum and fertilizer are Kuwaits main exports. Petroleum accounts for 90% of export revenues and government income in Kuwait.
Kuwait City is home to the Al Kuwait SC, one of Kuwait’s professional basketball teams. The club regularly competes in the Kuwait Division 1 Basketball League, and has provided Kuwait’s national basketball team with some of it’s top players.
Kuwait is the only Arab country in the Persian Gulf region that has a theatre tradition. The theatrical movement in Kuwait constitutes a major part of the country’s Arabic cultural life. Kuwait’s theatre tradition began in the 1920’s when the first spoken dramas were released.