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Kit
- 1877 days ago - youtube.com
What people do not know is that Kuwait has some great and interesting places for people to visit or live. Kuwait is divided into five districts that make up the country.



   

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Cher C (1424)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 7:52 am


Thnx for sharing sweetie!!!


 

Kit B (276)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 7:58 am
Map Credit: World Travels.com


When most people think of Kuwait they think about the fighting that took place over the country between Iraq and the United States. What people do not know is that Kuwait has some great and interesting places for people to visit or live. Kuwait is divided into five districts that make up the country.

---5 Facts You Might Not Know

1) Mostly known as a residential area, Hawalli has that low key feel where you can walk down the street to the closest fast food restaurants like Burger King and Kentucky Friend Chicken. Afterwards, one can go shopping on Tunis or Beirut Street and still have that small town feel.

2) Although it contains the capital Kuwait City, Al Asimah has one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Failaka not only has rich land features, it has historic value as well. You can find historic coins and seals on the island.

3) If you're looking for suburb living, Al Farwaniyah is just that. It contains a university, a hospital, and even an expressway. Al Farwaniyah is one of the most sought out places to live in Kuwait.

4) More of an agricultural land, Al Jahra boasts the most notable football league in Kuwait named after the district. The district is also known for its part in the Gulf war that contains the infamous Highway 80. Highway 80, also known as Highway of Death, took on a lot of the fighting as it was the way out of Kuwait City to Iraq.

5) The fifth district has most of Kuwait's money as it houses the Kuwait Oil Company. Al Ahmadi has many oil refineries and employs most of the population. The Hubara club is one of the more visited places for residents to enjoy their hobbies of socializing, dining, and even playing sports.

History and Culture:

Identification.
Modern day Kuwaitis are the descendants of several nomadic tribes and clans who ultimately settled on the coast of the Arabian Gulf during the eighteenth century to avoid the persistent drought of the desert. When they arrived at the coast, the clans built forts to protect themselves from other nomadic tribes who still traversed the desert. The name Kuwait is derived from kut, an Arabic word for "fort."

Location and Geography.
Kuwait is a small country located in the Middle East on the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It is a desert country with intensely hot summers and short, cool winters. The terrain varies minimally, between flat and slightly undulating desert plains.

Emergence of the Nation.
For centuries Kuwait was merely a transitory home for Arabic nomads. Located between Mesopotamia and the Indus river valley, this arid terrain was a trade link between these two civilizations. In the early 16th century Portuguese invaded the Arabian Gulf and built a fort where Kuwait City now stands. The Portuguese used the area as a base from which to make further excursions north, but their residence in the Arabian Desert was short-lived. Thus, up until the 18th century, Kuwait was a territory of shifting communities.

It was in 1710 that the Sabahs, a nomadic community of people of Arabian descent, settled in what is now Kuwait city. In the mid 18th century, members of the Utab clan, from what is now Saudi Arabia, began to settle in Kuwait. Within a span of fifty years, the town burgeoned into an important trading post, with boat building and the excavation and cultivation of pearls being the two main industries.

National Identity.
Kuwaitis are increasingly a minority in their own country. The fear that has arisen from this loss of dominance, compounded by the country's precarious relationship with neighboring nations such as Iraq, has led to extremist policies and practices regarding the assertion of nationality and the rights of Kuwaiti nationals.

Food and Economy

Food in Daily Life.
After centuries of living as nomads, surviving off of subsistence farming and animal husbandry, the relatively recent increase in the income of many Kuwaitis has lead to a rapid rise in the relative obesity of the general population. Still operating under the precept that plump children are healthy, Kuwaitis eat a very rich diet, and do not engage in physical exercise like they did in the past. The shift from a nomadic to sedentary lifestyle happened quickly with industrialization and urbanization coinciding with the advent of the oil industry in the past century, and habits of nutrition have not completely changed to accommodate the present environment.

An average Kuwaiti person eats three meals each day. Breakfast often includes some meat, such as fried liver or kidneys, and a dairy product such as cheese or yogurt. For lunch and dinner, several meat dishes may be served. In the desert, vegetables and grains were largely unavailable. Subsequently, meat was a staple of the desert nomad's diet. As in the past, meat remains a central part of the Kuwaiti diet.

Food Customs at Ceremonial Occasions.
For Kuwaitis, it is very important to be generous in providing food for guests. For ceremonial occasions such as weddings, people will roast an entire sheep and serve it on a bed of saffron rice.

As Kuwait is predominately an Islamic country, alcohol is illegal within its borders. Islam influences many customs regarding food, the most prominent of which is the fasting month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, practitioners of Islam fast between sunrise and sunset. Also at this time, the consumption of food, drink, and tobacco in public is forbidden.

Basic Economy.
With only 5 percent of the land suitable for farming, Kuwait is dependent on international trade for the provision of most basic necessities, including food, clothing, and construction materials. However, that dependency is tempered by the fact that Kuwait is one of the largest oil producing countries in the world, an energy source upon which virtually every developed nation is dependent. Kuwait's relationship with trading partners is thus defined by the countries respective interdependence.

Government.
Kuwaiti government is nominally a constitutional monarchy, headed by the Amir. The constitution was approved and implemented on 11 November 1962. Upon the development of this constitutional monarchy, Kuwait developed a National Assembly. This form of democracy was short-lived, however. In August 1976, Sheikh Sabah dissolved the assembly under the premise that legislation was being manipulated to increase private gain for officials. As a political system built on a hierarchy of clans, nepotism is rampant in the Kuwaiti government. Therefore, it is in the Amir's power to dissolve the parliament, and within two months it must be re-elected, or the previous parliament will be instituted again.

Leadership and Political Officials. There are not any national political parties or leaders, yet several political groups act as de facto parties; these include the Bedouins, merchants, nationalists, Sunni and Shi'a activists, and secular leftists. These de facto parties are divided along the lines of class and religion.

Read more: http://www.everyculture.com/Ja-Ma/Kuwait.html#ixzz30Ht8LhJl

That's a little bit of information about Kuwait, enjoy your trip and use the link to discover more about the history and culture of this country.





 

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 8:48 am
fascinating and amazing beauty...I LOVE deserts...thanks for the trip Kit ...
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 8:54 am
Interesting country tho i won't be visiting. Thx Kit
 

Nicole W (646)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 10:55 am
always a pleasure to tour with you dear Kit
 

Kit B (276)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 11:30 am

I have a friend that spend a year teaching in Kuwait, that is one way to learn about other cultures and get paid for doing so.
 

Barbara K (61)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 11:32 am
Enjoyed the trip, my friend. Beautiful place and I loved seeing the stars too, saw the Big Dipper. lol.
 

Marija Mohoric (25)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 1:04 pm
tks Kit, interesting country
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 1:18 pm
On their behest, we killed the enemy 10000 times an hour and still they came..nukes fix that.:) Got nukes take out Manhatten..:) central park or the local block..or entire continents..so what is the problem..no guts no will no courage to do the unthinkable..shake and bake the erratic countries..save a lot of grief later..:) They will not stop their assault on freedom and sanity..religiosity is a mental illness..so own it..grow..open up to life..let the sunshine in..kick the ego program out and set your true spiritual being free too.:)
Spiritual is not walking victims..:) Spiritual is undefeated warriors for the right..not the Tea party either eh :) Right, wrong, not political bs.
Cook them all now..do it for free :0) Thank me later...no invites though.. sigh.:)
No nukes of my own I can latch onto either..:) This for 3 stinkin points..:)
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 1:18 pm
And got ripped off for them:)
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 1:21 pm
Smatter..corporate sponsors going broke, missing meals are they..no money for the funny.:) Hah.
 

Vallee R (280)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 2:09 pm
Amazing how we have these pre-conceived ideas about places. Sad that as they have increased their wealth - they have also increased illness but not surprising. Would love to visit some of these places - the trip to South Korea the other week was especially interesting for me - thanks for sharing!
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 2:50 pm
Noted
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 3:00 pm
Thanks for another informative post.
 

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 3:37 pm
Thank you very much for sharing Kit, but I would not like to live there.
 

Pat B (356)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 4:10 pm
Beautiful country, places to go and folks to meet. Enjoyed viewing the night skies too, and the stargazing too.
Thank you, Kit for a lovely time.!
 

Ralph Brenze (1)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 8:56 pm
Thanks for sharing
 

Colin Hope (201)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 1:01 am
Crossed over from Iran to Iraq in 1971, unfortunately, Kuwait would not accept a S African passport at that time....... not doubt things have changed since...........
 

Lindsay K (6)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 5:04 am
Great video - thanks for posting!
 

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 7:27 am
Kit, I wasn't aware that you are now a travel guide for the Middle East!

You are missing the fact that the Kuwaitis threw out all of the Palestinians living within their border 25 years ago during the First Gulf War. There are many missing, arrested and held illegally, and their families have no knowledge of whether their families are alive or dead.

PA ignores plight of Palestinian prisoners held in Arab countrieshttp://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/PA-ignores-plight-of-Palestinian-prisoners-held-in-Arab-countries-331844

Kuwait Expels Thousands of Palestinians
http://www.meforum.org/3391/kuwait-expels-palestinians

It is obviously OK for Muslims to ill treat, neglect and abuse Palestinians as well as refusing to release information to the families. Breaches of Human Rights surely, have you no sympathy for their suffering by advertising this barbaric country as a joy to visit?

Then we look at their "religious communities" :
Islam is the official religion in Kuwait, with the majority of the citizen population being Muslim (Sunni 60%-70%, Shia 30%-40%). Kuwait has a native Christian community, in 1999 there were 400 Christian Kuwaiti citizens. In June 2013, there were 256 Christian Kuwaiti citizens residing in Kuwait. There is a small number of Bahá'í Kuwaiti citizens. Most foreigners in Kuwait are Muslim, Hindu, Christian or Buddhist.

Quite frankly, your sycophantism with regards to all things Muslim is disgusting. Whilst not all Muslims are evil, they follow an evil ideology and many practice it on the vulnerable, because they can. These abuses on Palestinians are an example and the refusal of others, who should be shouting at the top of their voices, is appalling in the extreme. And what do you do? You tell us what a wonderful country Kuwait is, not how wicked!

Absolutely disgusting!
 

Kit B (276)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 7:34 am

As we have stated time and time again, these are for the fun of seeing other countries. We do avoid discussing the politics, and religion of the various countries. The personal attack is your own peculiar world view and has nothing to do with this submission.
 

Nancy M (147)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 8:36 am
Thanks for the article Kit. I do enjoy reading about other places- too bad that some feel the need to bring politcs or religion in.
 

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 8:36 am
It is a shame that you cannot and will not see the evil that happens in Muslim controlled countries. The beauty of the country is destroyed by the hatred and abuses perpetrated by the people.

You are more than happy to abuse Israel, I have not seen a video from you about how beautiful it is, the scientific research that benefits all man kind nor the support given to refugees.

I find it appalling that you can tell me how beautiful a country is when it is nothing but evil and has ill treated the very people that you scream about in Gaza. Hypocrisy is the only word to be used in conjunction with you and your delirious support of all things Muslim.
 

Kit B (276)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 8:45 am

As usual Gillian your mouth overloads your brain:

http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3754294
 

Nancy M (147)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 8:56 am
If we wanted to worry about all of the evil all of the time, most of us would stop at our own front doors. Murder rate in Chicago and other cities? Our own Native Americans? Indigenous people elsewhere?
 

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 11:26 am
So you prefer to hide the truth? Typical.
 

Alexa R (319)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 11:39 am
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil ..
 

Kit B (276)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 11:54 am

So predictable, so inconceivably unaware of anything but the wind that whistles between your ears.
 

Dottie Torinese (0)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 1:29 pm
love it there was in Kuwait for 7 years and would love to go back.
 

Dori Grasso (0)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 3:00 pm
Ge M., in all fairness, though I disagree extremely strongly with Kit on the issue of the Palestinians-- she did post a very lovely video about Israel recently, and asked that comments not reflect political opinions. Some people decided to let their emotions rule and slammed her pretty badly.

I spent 6 months in Israel in 1972, and during my time there, was part of what I was told was the second group of tourists to officially go from Israel to Jordan, and BACK again. It was a fabulous, exciting week in Jordan, and I recall it very fondly. I would not do it now, however, as the Arab countries have grown increasingly dangerous and radical.

I would suggest that you check the link she provided after your second comment and read the comments.
 

Oumar R (3)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 4:02 pm
Kuwaiti citizens do not or refrain from trying to use the government to solve their problems. People from Kuwait should look towards the future if they want they to remain progressing at their rate. Communities should not feel their actions will be punished for standing for what they believe is going to help everyone.
 

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 3:51 am
Thanks Kit for this post and comments. Some more information about Kuwait could be found here too.

http://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/document.jsp?did=145866
 

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 7:46 am
Thank you Miss >^,,^< Kitty, but as per the past few weeks (C-2 maintenance) I am unable to open this AT THIS MOMENT. At least I'm receiving messages. I will definitely try later today as I find your travel threads FASCINATING. Thank you Abdessalam, as I will try your link now.
 

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 8:04 am
Third time's the charm! First...
A million stars for
Kit B. (277)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 7:34 am
This was quite shocking to me as I never imagined anything other than destruction. I imagined more stark desert, with rusted tanks abandoned at every turn. I feel enough of the area may look that way, and share that I appreciate your efforts to TRY and keep politics out of every post. It was Lovely hearing Dottie share she lived in Kuwait for 7 years, and would love to go back! Thanks to all who didn't attack Kit for sharing the world with us!
 
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