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General Information

GDP USD176.59bn (World ranking 52, World Bank 2012)
Population 3.25 million (World ranking 135, World Bank 2012)
Form of state Constitutional Emirate
Head of government HH Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah
Next elections 2016, legislative

 

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The statute was approved on March 26, 2006.

This statute is comprised of 6 chapters, 55articles.

Corruption means in the statute is: abuse of authority – in the public sector, private sector and the private sector-mandated individual for special benefits or harm the interests of the state and society illegally.

A for definitions and terminology

Upon receipt of a word or term of the following words, it gives meaning or facilities on them:

General: Kuwaiti Transparency Society.

The rules: the statute of the Kuwaiti Transparency Society.

Ministry: The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor.

Minister: Minister of Social Affairs and Labor.

Council: Board of the Kuwaiti Transparency Society.

President: Board Chairman of the Kuwaiti Transparency Society.

Part IGeneral and the establishment of objectives and means

Article (1) Arise General public utility called ((Society of transparency Kuwaiti)), headquartered in the State of Kuwait

Article (2) Mean transparent: with a legitimate interest to know that he has the right information.

We mean corruption is: abuse of authority – in the public sector, private sector and the private sector-mandated individual for special benefits or harm the interests of the state and society illegally.

Therefore, the objective of the association is to achieve the following purposes:

1-contribute to improving the image of Kuwait locally and internationally in the field of anti-corruption and reform through labor to highlight the appearance and historical picture of Kuwait.

2-deployment good values in society, which calls for reform and against corruption in all areas.

3-development of a culture of community in the area of reform, and the dissemination of the principles and values for a society free from all forms of corruption and abuse of power.

4-to promote the principle of transparency and the search for activating all international laws and resolutions supporting it at all governmental and private sectors.

5-proposal to address shortcomings in the legislative and regulatory reform and against corruption and abuse of power for personal benefit.

6-research into the causes of corruption and to propose means treatable and preventable and delivery to the competent authorities.

7 to strengthen bilateral relations and social ties between members of the Assembly, through the establishment of social activities for members.

Article (3) General in order to achieve their purposes to use all legitimate means which conform with the legislation, laws and regulations of the State of Kuwait.

Article (4) The Assembly may not search for any illicit purposes or indecent or do not fall within the purposes set out to the statute, it also prohibits interference in the politics or religious conflicts or fomenting sectarian partisanship, racism and tribalism.

Part II Membership of the General

Membership in the Assembly subject to the following provisions:

Article (5) the types of membership:

1-member factor: a member which enjoys full membership of the Assembly and the start of his rights and led its obligations in accordance with the provisions of this system.

2 – or honorary member of the honor : It is one of the characters that Council believes that players of the Assembly, and enjoys membership in accordance with the provisions of Articles (7), (8) of this system, and the Council may nominate Honorary Chairman of the Assembly, has the right to attend meetings of the Council, The term of the presidency honorary annual or for an unlimited period, and exempts honorary chairman or member of honor from subscription fees and application procedures and the enrollment fee own.

3-member visitor: a non-member or honorary workers, and benefit only the facilities in accordance with the provisions of Article (14) of this system.

Article (6) require member Group provides the following conditions:

1- To be a Kuwaiti nationality.

2 – That at least 21 years old at the time of application.

3- Must not have been previously sentenced to death 77 Veer or heinous crime, unless the secretariat has been rehabilitated.

4- Private system that recognizes and adheres Society.

5- To adhere to established procedures for membership and pay fees for membership.

Article (7) Members of both their rights and their duties within the limits of the provisions of these rules and regulations issued by the Assembly, except the right to attend the general assemblies or nominations for membership of the Council, not only enjoyed by the members who had been serving their membership for at least six months. Article (8) The request ended with the secretariat of the Assembly devoted to this model, to be accompanied draw participation decision in accordance with the provisions of the financial regulation, and include the names of applicants to submit their applications by dates in the record for reference when necessary, and the secretary of the General submission to the Board for decision, and prove membership of the date of the Board’s decision to accept the member. Article (9) the applicant shall notify the Council’s decision within two weeks from the date of its issuance, in the case rejected the request Vested Introduction fee already paid.

Article (10) it may not be reconsidered in membership applications have already been rejected by one year from the date of rejection.

Article (11) down membership of the members in the following cases:

1-death.

2-resign.

3 – Has a condition of membership.

4-delay on the performance participates fully in the later entitlement according to the terms and provisions in the regulation of financial condition notification of the date of this entitlement.

5-A decision of the General Assembly to drop the membership, on the recommendation of the Council.

Article (12) to be eligible for membership, which remains a member of its membership if the reason for the projected membership at the request according to the procedures established after the approval, which dropped its membership.

Article (13) a member who fell membership for any reason or for heirs in case of death the right to recover the enrollment fee or subscription or contributions or donations may be made during membership.

Article (14) General may accept visitors from non-member General profiting facilities without having any right to participate in management in any way, be accepted for a limited decision of the Council, and the visitor need to pay fees for the use of the facilities and other fees set by the Financial Regulations, The application on the prescribed form, and would follow the procedures set out in Articles VII and VIII of this system.

Part IIIFinancial General

Article (15).For the fiscal year beginning in the first month of January and expiring at the end of December of each year, beginning exception of the first financial year from the date of establishment of the Assembly until the date of December 31 of that year.

Article (16) :the resources of the Assembly:

1-entrance fees and contributions by groups identified by the Financial Regulations.

2-donations and gifts that the Council approves the acceptance.

3-What can be obtained from the other income approved by the Board and not inconsistent with the regulations in force in the country?

As Is the disclosure of all contributions to the records, which are from individuals, groups or institutions?

Article (17) the cash deposit funds on behalf of a Kuwaiti bank, and shall notify the ministry so, and may not be for the cashier to be kept in custody over the amount (500) d. K to meet urgent expenses.

Article (18) .The Assembly may not be spending their money in non purposes for which it was created n nor may it be aimed at obtaining material gain or engage in financial speculation. Article (19) General observer audited accounts restricted register auditors, and is not required to be members of the council, to direct the following specialties:

1-audit of the General aphid.

2-item budget review the application and raise the idea of remarks to the Council.

3-audit of the final account before submission to the Board.

4-lift full report of the general assembly on the financial situation of the Assembly, giving his remarks about the financial affairs of the Assembly in general.

Article (20) .if it were to observer status select the accounts instead, to be presented at the first general assembly for approval or choose an alternative.

Article (21) The Assembly must submit to the ministry, a copy of the final account for the financial year ended and the draft budget for the coming fiscal year in a date no later than one month from the date of expiry of the fiscal year, signed by the treasurer and president after approval by the Council, As the parties concerned in the ministry and the government bodies concerned with the inspection of the accounts as the systems used to have.

Article (22) Council members did not confer any salary or remuneration for work entrusted to them by their functions.

Article (23) Funds including the contributions and immovable and movable and contributions, donations and subsidies are the property of the Society and not a member of withdrawing or disposed of any right of funds.

Part IVthe general assemblies

Article (24) the general assembly is composed of staff members who served in the Assembly for at least six months from the date of the general assembly, provided they have paid their subscriptions in accordance with the rules applicable in the Assembly.

Article (25) Meet ordinary general assembly meeting once every year at a date fixed by the Council within two months of the end of the fiscal year to be invited to members to attend the meeting before the deadline given not less than two weeks and sent with the call following annexes :

1-agenda.

2-Report of the Board on the status of the destination administrative and financial aspects of the activity.

3-balance sheet for the financial year ended approved by the Comptroller and the draft budget for next year.

4-disclosure proposals submitted by members of the general assembly.

Article (26) The Council should introduce a billboard advertising the image of the Society letter of invitation to attend the general assembly and call for nomination for the Council’s membership and revealed the names of the members who are entitled to attend the meeting of the general assembly will be held on open nominations for the elections, It also presents the announcements board in the General DISCOVERIES of the members who wish to nominate themselves to the Council, on the day following the closure of nominations for elections.

Article (27) The General Assembly shall consider:

1-Report of the Board.

.2-Adoption of the final account for the financial year ended and the next draft budget.

3-examine the proposals submitted by members.

.4-election of Board members and filling vacant positions.

.5-choice Auditor and rewarded.

Article (28) the regular meeting of the general assembly attended valid if more than half of the members who have the right to attend the meeting, if not complete the legal deadline postponed to a later meeting held during the week of the date of the first meeting, the meeting are true regardless of the number of members present. To mention this in a letter of invitation.

Article (29) if a true meeting of the general assembly not affects the validity of decisions by the withdrawal of any number of members present from meeting.

Article (30) The decisions of the regular general valid by an absolute majority of those present, the election of Council members then weighting those who gain the most number of votes, equal to two or more lots conducted to determine likely, If the number of candidates for membership of the Council equal to the number of Council members or fewer members be elected without the need to hold new elections.

Article (31) a candidate for membership in the Council to submit a request formally signed and forwarded to the secretariat of the Assembly, and during the period specified by the Board, all of the request up after that date was not considered.

Article (32) The Council may call the General Assembly to extraordinary meeting if the need arises, it must be based calling if asked to do so by one third of the members who are entitled to attend the general assembly, provided that indicate the purpose of the meeting.

Article (33) Specific extraordinary general assembly to consider the following questions:

1-important and urgent issues which the Board members or presentation.

2-to decide on the resignation of the President and members of the Council some or all of the causes affecting the entity or the public interest, and the holding of elections to fill these positions.

3-dropping membership of the Council members, or all of them, and this applies to the situation described in the preceding paragraph (2).

4-amendment of the association.

5-General, or a union or merged with others.

.He invited members of the facility by business and the image of the issues before it during a period of not less than two weeks.

Article (34) a general assembly ordinary or unusual to consider issues not included in the agenda.

May not hold an extraordinary general assembly to consider the subject had already taken the decision only after years of the issuance of this resolution.

Article (35) the decision of the extraordinary general assembly was valid only if an absolute majority of all the members who are entitled to attend the regular general.

Article (36) If circumstances without compelling meeting of the general assembly of the deadline Council must notify members that, with a new meeting date and the reasons for the postponement. Allegedly may not be any way for any amendment on the agenda, or the names of candidates for membership of the Council and members who have the right to attend, also placed advertisements piece General picture of the speech, which was sent to members.

Article (37) If the general assembly met already have compelling circumstances without completing the agenda it exists, and extends to a later meeting called by the Council to consider the rest of the topics on the agenda, the Council also notify members of the date and venue of the meeting, It also considered the decisions taken at the first meeting valid and enforceable.

Article (38) Headed by general assembly president or his members of the Council, had not been able to preside over the General Assembly or the Committee, headed by Governing Council members chosen from among them, and the secretary of the secretarial work of the General Meeting, the absent or preside over the general assembly Board selects a substitute from among its members.

Part VGoverning Council

Article (39) Run for General board consisting of seven members elected by the general assembly.

Article (40) a candidate for membership of the Council:

1-to be an active member.

2-right to attend the general assembly.

3-not less than twenty-one (21) years.

4-to pledge to disclose personal finances, according to the regulations of the Assembly.

Nor may combine membership of the Council and work function pay or reward Society.

Article (41) Elected Council during the week of the composition from among its members a Chairman and Vice-Chairman and as secretary and secretary of the Fund and any other positions deemed Council, the Council may appoint a full-time paid staff, according to the conditions defined.

Article (42) Start the following terms of reference:

1-Department of General Assembly Affairs and run their own affairs and to provide various ways for members to exercise their social and leisure activities to the fullest.

2-Laying the foundations and programs that help to the General achieving its objectives.

3-Consider applications for membership and the report as it deems them.

4-Examine complaints of members or providing them chapter and the introduction of sanctions.

5-Different regulations for the organization of the General Affairs of the administrative and technical, financial and issuing instructions and decisions.

6-Composition of the permanent and temporary committees to organize the Assembly’s affairs.

7 – The conclusion of contracts and agreements on behalf of the Assembly and speak on behalf of the various parties.

8-Invitation of the general assemblies of regular and non-regular, management and implementation of its decisions.

9-Annual report to the administrative and financial aspects of the Assembly and presented to the general assembly.

10-Prepare the final account for the financial year ended, and the drafting of the next budget, in preparation for submission to the general assembly.

11-Examine the proposals made by the members.

12-Recruitment and remuneration.

Article (43) .one of the two is Miladitin.

Article (44) The Council shall meet at regular meetings once a month, and invited the Secretary prior to the meeting a week, indicating the date of the meeting and themes contained in the agenda and note its own and is not considered valid only if the meeting was attended by more than half the members, Decisions of the Council shall majority of those present, if the votes are equally likely side on which the President.

Article (45) the member who fails Council meetings five consecutive meetings or scattered seven meetings without excuse acceptable Board resigned and is focused vacant.

Article (46) If it were one of the Council members for any reason is the holder member in the most recent election the most votes after the selected members, and if it refused member, or did not exist, were invited to the meeting of the extraordinary general assembly to hold elections for the remaining period. This will be done in a matter of “months” to the date of the absence Center Board member, in the case of absence Center President for any reason, the number of members to be completed by the first fully described in this article and then select the replacement of the President.

Article (47) All the records, files and documents of the General Assembly reservation at the Secretary and Treasurer of each respective these records are:

1-records of the members and Wisdom from subscriptions.

2 records-records of the meetings of the Council and the general assemblies.

3-books accounts of income and expenditure and contributions documented approved.

Every member of the General public access to records after obtaining approval from the Council.

Article (48) President initiates the following specialties:

1-preside at the meetings of the general assemblies of the Council.

2-representation of the different bodies and to speak its name.

3 – The signing of contracts and agreements with the Assembly.

4-signing with the cashier on bills of exchange and checks.

5-Department of General and follow up the implementation of resolutions of the General Assembly and the Council

The Deputy President reference President in his absence.

Article (49) Secretary to initiate the following specialties:

1-inviting and make the necessary arrangements for the meetings of the General Assembly and the Council and the liberalization of their own records and recorded books.

2-liberalization agenda and the addition of the President believe that inclusion in the agenda of the Council and the Board considers that the topics included in the Assembly’s agenda.

3-Follow-up the implementation of all regulations and resolutions of the Council in its area of competence.

4-up all of the committees, administrative and technical competence in the field.

5-lifting annual report to the Board.

6-The applications for membership on the Council.

7-prepare a draft budget for the next fiscal year in cooperation with the cashier.

8-signing of the General correspondence except correspondence Board considers that the signing by the President.

Article (50) Start cashier following specialties:

1-collecting all revenue and funds deposited in the account, General of the bank.

2-Follow-up implementation of Council decisions in financial terms and verification of compliance with the terms of the budget and financial regulation.

3-signing with the President on bills of exchange and checks.

4-General overseeing accounts and maintains documentation of income and expenses and is responsible for all data computational monitors in the books.

5-Develop a final account for the financial year ended and participate with the Secretary, in developing the draft budget for the next fiscal year and presented to the Board.

6-keeping of financial records, books and documents all related financial signal at the headquarters of the Assembly.

7-payment of salaries and bills of different purchases.

8-keeping impress.

Article (51) Council puts the idea of special regulations to organize the work of the Assembly, particularly following regulations:

1-internal regulations.

2-Financial Regulation.

Article (52) Devolve funds after resolved to the ministry.

Part VIGeneral Provisions

Article (53) May not to join any association or body based outside Kuwait before getting the license from the ministry.

Article (54) May not receive or obtain, directly or mediation or any way to make money or benefits in the form of contributions or benefits of any kind from any individual or institution located outside the State of Kuwait, only after obtaining permission from the ministry.

Article (55) NWO is also committed to its members for the duration of its membership to fight against corruption and abuse of power in all their dealings with others.

(Adopted on: 11 Nov 1962)
Chapter V the Judicial Power

Article 162 Impartiality of Judges
the honor of the Judiciary and the integrity and impartiality of judges are the bases of rule and a guarantee of rights and liberties.

Article 167 Public Prosecution
(1) The Public Prosecution Office conducts penal charges on behalf of society. It supervises the affairs of judicial police, the enforcement of penal laws, the pursuit of offenders, and the execution of judgments. Law regulates this body, lays down its duties, and defines the conditions and guarantees for those who assume its functions.
(2) As an exception, law may entrust to the public security authorities the conduct of prosecutions in misdemeanors in accordance with the manner prescribed by law.

Police Background Check Procedures

Applications can only be made within Kuwait.

Kuwait – Know Your Customer (KYC) Rules

Financial crimes, such as money laundering and terrorist financing, remain concerns in Kuwait primarily due to lack of adequate legislation. As of December 2010, the Central Bank of Kuwait reported total banking sector assets of $142 billion. Currently 21 banks operate in Kuwait: five commercial banks, five Islamic banks, ten branches of foreign banks, and the Central Bank of Kuwait.

KNOW-YOUR-CUSTOMER (KYC) RULES:

Enhanced due diligence procedures for PEPs:

A PEP is an abbreviation for Politically Exposed Person, a term that describes a person who has been entrusted with a prominent public function, or an individual who is closely related to such a person. The terms PEP, Politically Exposed Person and Senior Foreign Political Figure are often used interchangeably

    • Foreign PEP: NO
    • Domestic PEP: NO

Kuwait – KYC covered entities

The following is a list of Know Your Customer entities covered by Kuwaiti Law:

    • Banks
    • Financial institutions
    • Insurance agents, brokers and companies
    • Investment companies
    • Exchange bureaus
    • Jewelry establishments, including gold, metal, and precious commodity traders
    • Real estate agents/establishments
    • Auditing firms

Kuwait – Suspicious Transaction Reporting (STR) Requirements:

Number of STRs received and time frame: Not available

Number of CTRs received and time frame: Not available

The following is a list of STR covered entities covered by Kuwaiti Law:

    • Banks
    • Financial institutions
    • Insurance agents, brokers and companies
    • Investment companies
    • Exchange bureaus
    • Jewelry establishments, including gold, metal, and precious commodity traders
    • Real estate agents/establishments
    • Auditing firms

MONEY LAUNDERING CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS/CONVICTIONS:

Prosecutions: None in 2010 or 2011
Convictions: None in 2010 or 2011

ENFORCEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES AND COMMENTS:

Kuwait‘s anti-money laundering (AML) law has not been updated since its passage in 2002. Kuwait has had difficulty implementing its AML law (Law No. 35) due in part to structural inconsistencies within the law itself.

Kuwait does not have specific legislation to target terrorist financing. The current AML law does not specifically cite terrorist financing as a crime; terrorist financing criminal cases are treated as crimes against the state. In December 2009, the Kuwaiti Government presented to parliament a draft comprehensive anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) law intended to bring Kuwait into compliance with international standards, and including definitions of roles and responsibilities and the establishment of a financial intelligence unit (FIU). In November 2010, the Kuwaiti Parliament sent the law back to the government directing it to consider placing provisions for the criminalization of terrorist financing into a separate law.

The vague delineations of the roles and responsibilities of the FIU, Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK), and the Office of Public Prosecution (OPP) continue to hinder the overall effectiveness of Kuwait‘s AML/CFT regime. Kuwait‘s FIU fails to meet the minimum criteria for membership in the Egmont Group. The FIU currently operates under the authority of the CBK and is not an independent, autonomous authority. Law No. 35 requires banks to file STRs with the OPP, which, in accordance with a memorandum of understanding with the Central Bank, will in turn refer the STRs to the FIU for analysis. The FIU conducts analysis and reports any findings to the OPP for the initiation of a criminal case. The FIU is further limited by its inability to share information about STRs with relevant authorities without prior approval from the OPP. Kuwait‘s FIU should be made the national authority for the receipt, analysis and dissemination of STRs and other reports, and given true operational independence.

Covered entities do not demonstrate an understanding of what comprises a suspicious transaction; and Kuwait‘s financial crimes enforcement and investigative capacity are also weak. In early 2011, responsibility for investigating money laundering crimes transferred from the Ministry of Interior to Kuwait State Security. Kuwaiti customs, police and prosecutors should be made aware of money laundering methodologies and should initiate inquiries and investigations without waiting for the filing and dissemination of a STR. In order to build domestic enforcement and investigative capacity and to increase public awareness about financial crimes and regulations, the Government of Kuwait (GOK) hosts money laundering training conferences and other similar events, sometimes in coordination with regional bodies and international organizations.

Although the law requires travelers to disclose to customs authorities upon entry if they are carrying any national or foreign currency, gold bullion, or other precious materials, the law does not require a universal written declaration when carrying cash or precious metals upon exiting Kuwait. Despite the criminalization of currency smuggling into Kuwait, cash reporting requirements are not uniformly enforced at ports of entry other than at Kuwait International Airport and the Al-Abdali point of entry. The last court case of currency smuggling on record was reportedly in 2008 and has not been prosecuted. Kuwait should take steps to implement and enforce a uniform cash declaration policy for both inbound and outbound travelers at all its points of entry.

The GOK monitors and regulates funds transfers by authorized charities abroad, using a coupon tracking system as well as electronic bank transfers to create a formal paper trail for all donations. The GOK reports that, despite increased regulations, the amount of donations continues to rise in Kuwait. Financial support to terrorist groups, both by charities and by individuals continues to be a major concern. Kuwait should criminalize terrorist financing and ratify and implement fully the United Nations International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.

Risk

Sovereign risk

A large stock of foreign reserves at the Central Bank of Kuwait and an even larger stock of reserves in the sovereign wealth fund will stand the country in good stead and enable it to meet its debt obligations comfortably over the forecast period, despite narrowing fiscal and external surpluses.

Banking sector risk

Given its exposure to the stockmarket and the property market, the banking sector remains vulnerable to any renewed downturn in local equity and real-estate prices. However, the Central Bank and the government have ample resources to ensure that the sector has adequate liquidity.

Political risk

Political tensions have risen following a crackdown on dissent. Ruling family rivalries over succession issues are spilling over into parliamentary politics, threatening a fresh political crisis. Tussles between parliament and the cabinet will keep the domestic scene volatile and will hinder development plan imple‘mentation. But the government can draw on the well-trained security services to quell dissent, and the emir will remain the ultimate executive authority.

Economic structure risk

Kuwait’s economy is heavily dependent on the oil sector, and is therefore highly exposed to falling oil prices. However, its large foreign asset base and fiscal and external surpluses would provide support for its economic position, even in the event of a sustained slump in oil prices in the medium term.

Travel Risk

Security

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Terrorism

On September 21, 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released a statement threatening retaliation for the American-led coalition campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. The statement encouraged opportunistic and indiscriminate attacks against citizens and interests of countries supporting the coalition, including Canadians. Individuals and terrorist groups in the region may be inspired to carry out attacks in a show of solidarity with ISIL. Canadians could also be targeted by a terrorist attack and be considered kidnapping targets. Exercise a high degree of personal security awareness, maintain a heightened level of vigilance and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

There is a terrorist threat throughout the Arabian Peninsula. From time to time, reports emerge that terrorists plan to attack specific locations in one of these countries. Targets could include government buildings, public areas, tourist sites and Western interests. Heightened security measures are currently in place and may be reinforced upon short notice. Exercise caution in commercial, public or tourist areas frequented by foreigners, monitor local developments and follow the advice of local authorities. Maintain a high level of vigilance and personal security awareness at all times.

Crime

The crime rate is low and violence is rare, including against foreigners. However, you should avoid secluded places or non-residential areas after dark.

Report any suspicion of being followed or unexplained loitering to the local police. Locals have sometimes followed Westerners home after dark and then vandalized their parked vehicles.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations occur and have the potential to suddenly turn violent. They can lead to significant disruptions to traffic and public transportation. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.

Women’s safety

There have been reports of physical and verbal harassment toward women. Travelling alone, especially after dark, is not advisable. Consult our publication entitled Her Own Way: A Woman’s Safe-Travel Guide for travel safety information specifically aimed at Canadian women.

Road travel

Accidents are common and due mainly to unsafe driving practices such as reckless driving. Exercise caution when driving after dark.

In the event of an accident, do not attempt to move the vehicle, even though it may impede traffic. Kuwaiti law states that the driver must wait for the police to make an official report. Be aware that digital cameras register traffic violations.

Off-road driving can be hazardous. Undertake off-road driving in a convoy of four-wheel-drive vehicles with an experienced guide only. Leave a travel itinerary with a family member or friend. Be well prepared and equipped with gasoline, water, food and a cellular phone.

Use only officially marked taxis and pre-negotiate fares.

Air travel

See Transportation Safety in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

Sea travel

Consult the Ministry of Interior of the State of Kuwait for instructions and regulations for sailing in Kuwaiti waters.

Pirate attacks occur in coastal waters and, in some cases, farther out at sea. Mariners should take appropriate precautions. For additional information, consult the Live Piracy Report published by the International Maritime Bureau.

Exercise caution if travelling by sea, including for recreational purposes, in the Persian Gulf, particularly around the islands of Abu Masa and the Tunbs, as both Iran and the UAE have claimed sovereignty over the islands.

General safety information

Leave your passport in a safe place and carry a photocopy for identification purposes at all times.

Unexploded munitions from the 1991 Gulf War pose hazards in rural areas, picnic spots and beaches. Monitor children closely. Do not touch suspicious unfamiliar objects.

Weapons are readily available, and accidental shootings have occurred.

Emergency services

Dial 112 for police, fire department or ambulance service.

Address Format

RECIPIENT

[DEPENDENT_LOCALITY]
[URBANISATION,] STREET_NAME [HOUSE_NUMBER] [, BUILDING]
POSTALCODE LOCALITY
KUWAIT

Sample

Hamad Abdallah Hassan
Al-Sabbahiya
Parcelle 4, rue 3, Building 11
54404 KUWAIT
KUWAIT

Summary

Kuwait GDP Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
GDP 183.22 160.60 183.22 1.83 USD Billion
GDP Annual Growth Rate 0.82 6.10 33.99 -20.62 percent
GDP Constant Prices 39239.00 38667.10 39239.00 572.00 KWD Million
GDP per capita 29728.62 29123.75 36040.02 3815.53 USD
Gross Fixed Capital Formation 6908.00 6238.20 7261.60 96.00 KWD Million
GDP per capita PPP 84187.71 82474.81 102060.80 78097.86 USD

 

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