Kuwiat is located at the northern end of the Arabian Gulf and is one of the smallest countries in the world at 17,800 sqaure kms.
17 July 2013| Last updated on 18 June 2017
Kuwait is one of the smallest countries in the world at just over 17,800 square km (by comparison Wales in the UK is over 20,000 square km) and is situated at the northern end of the Arabian Gulf.
It is bordered by Iraq to the north and west and by Saudi Arabia to the south and south-west. It would only take around two and a half hours to drive from border to border.
Kuwait is a flat desert country with no rivers or mountains but it has nine islands, the largest two being Bubiyan and Failaka.
Kuwait City is the capital city situated in the north and it is here that you will find many commercial and modern high-rise buildings, the Grand Mosque and souks. There are six separate governorates Kuwait City, Ahmadi, Farwaniya, Hawalli, Jahra and Mubarak Al Kabeer.
Kuwait's wealth is largely from oil which was discovered here in 1938. The Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) is situated @ 35km south of Kuwait City in Ahmadi which was built in 1948 to support the oil workers.