Kuwait Travel Guide

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Kuwait Demographics

As of 2007, Kuwait's population was estimated to be 3 to 3.5 million people which included approximately 2 million non-nationals. Kuwaiti citizens are therefore a minority of those who reside in Kuwait. The government rarely grants citizenship to foreigners to maintain status quo.

About 57% of the Kuwaiti population is Arab, 39% Asian, and 4% are classified Bidoon. Bidoons are a group of stateless Arab residents of Kuwait. In 2008, 68.4% of the population consisted of expatriates most of whom are from other Arab nations and South Asia. In 2009, more than 580,000 Indian nationals lived in Kuwait, making them the single largest expatriate community there.

In 2003, there were also an estimated 260,000 Egyptians, 100,000 Syrians and 80,000 Iranians in Kuwait. After Kuwait was liberated from Iraqi occupation, most of the 400,000 Palestinians living in Kuwait were expelled because of their government's open support for the Iraqi forces. Only a few thousand Palestinians remain in Kuwait. The population of ethnic Armenians in Kuwait also shrank drastically following the events of the Iraq-Kuwait war.

Kuwait's official language is Arabic, though English is widely spoken. Other important languages include Persian, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, and Filipino.

Majority of Kuwait's population identify themselves as Muslims. Estimates of the percentage of people in Kuwait who practice Islam vary between 85% and 95%. Despite Islam being the state religion, Kuwait has large a community of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and Sikhs. Hindus account for the largest number of expatriates in Kuwait. Members of religious groups not sanctioned in the Quran, such as Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists, are not allowed to build places of worship or other religious facilities. However, these groups are allowed to worship privately in their homes and can engage in religious activities, including public marriage and other celebrations, without government interference.


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Kuwait Tourism
Kuwait Tourism: Kuwait Towers - The Liberation Tower - Kuwait National Museum
Kuwait Science & Natural History Museum - The Tareq Rajab Museum - Kuwait Mosques
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Entertainment City - Kuwait Sea Clubs - Bayt Al-Badr - Liberation Monuments - Kuwait Municipal Gardens
Kuwait Zoological Park - Kuwait Musical Fountain - Kuwait Sadu House - Kuwait The Scientific Center

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