Middle East Discovery Project
By Caroline Warber
Kuwait Country Basics
The capital city of Kuwait is its great Kuwait City. A Arab revolt flag used by Arabs in the Ottoman Empire inspired the Kuwait flag we now see today. Each color on their flag represents a part of their culture. Green represents Kuwait's prosperity, fertile land, and Islam. It is also believed to be a favorite color of Prophet Muhammad and his daughter Fatima. Black symbolizes victory over their enemies. White represents the goodness of Kuwaitis' deeds. Red symbolizes the bravery of soldiers of Kuwait ad the blood shed by their enemies.
The government type of this country is constitutional emirate. The executive power of the country belongs to the Emir and his appointed prime minister. The Emir's name is Jahir al-Ahmad al-Jahir as-Sabah. The Emir and the prime minister choose a council of minsters who are descendants of Mubarak as-Sabah. They also have a national assembly of 50 men elected every 4 years and political parties are not allowed. From the Kuwait Constitution, "Individual rights protected by the constitution are extensive and include personal liberty and equality before the law, freedom to hold beliefs and express opinions, and freedom of the press."
The GDP per capita for this country is very high in that it is $72,200 which makes it a pretty rich nation. The revenue for this country is $61.08 billion with expenditures being $66.5 billion(2015 est.)which means they spend approximately 4.4% more than they get in. The main export is oil and the main import is food and construction materials. The life expectancy is about 78 years old, the birth rate is about 20 births per 1000 people, 99% of population has a drinking water source, and the literacy rate for the country is 96.3%.
Traditional clothing in Kuwait is dresses for both men and women like in the picture shown.Modern clothing is mostly different in that they wear mostly clothes like women or men in this country. Major languages spoken are Arabic and English. The main religions in Kuwait are Muslim and Christianity. Muslims believe in the oneness of God and his angels, that he created everything, ad that he is all knowing and all powerful and mighty. Christians believe that Jesus, the son of God was set down to the earth to be crucified so that they could forever sin but still have God's love. There is no such thing as a Kuwaiti restaurant so they have to cook this popular meal at home. This meal, Machboos consists of either fish, chicken or beef over a specially spiced rice.
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