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Kuwait is situated northeast of Saudi Arabia at the northern end of the Persian Gulf, south of Iraq. It is slightly larger than Hawaii. The low-lying desert land is mainly sandy and barren. Kuwait is a constitutional monarchy, governed by the al-Sabah family.
Kuwait is believed to have been part of an early civilization in the 3rd millennium B.C. and to have traded with Mesopotamian cities. Archeological and historical traces disappeared around the first millennium B.C. At the beginning of the 18th century, the 'Anizah tribe of central Arabia founded Kuwait City, which became an autonomous sheikdom by 1756. 'Abd Rahim of the al-Sabah became the first sheik, and his descendants continue to rule Kuwait today. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the sheikdom belonged to the fringes of the Ottoman Empire. Kuwait obtained British protection in 1897 when the sheik feared that the Turks would expand their hold over the area. In 1961, Britain ended the protectorate, giving Kuwait independence, but agreed to give military aid on request. Iraq immediately threatened to occupy the area, and the British sent troops to defend Kuwait. Soon afterward, the Arab League sent in troops, replacing the British. Iraq's claim was dropped when the Arab League recognized Kuwait's independence on July 20, 1961. Historically, Kuwait followed a neutral and mediatory policy among Arab states.
Oil was discovered in Kuwait in the 1930s, and proved to have 20% of the world's known oil resources. Since 1946 it has been the world's second-largest oil exporter. The sheik, who receives half of the profits, devotes most of them to the education, welfare, and modernization of his kingdom. In 1966, Sheik Sabah designated a relative, Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, as his successor. By 1968, the sheikdom had established a model welfare state, and it sought to establish dominance among the sheikdoms and emirates of the Persian Gulf.
In July 1990, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein blamed Kuwait for falling oil prices. After a failed Arab mediation attempt to solve the dispute peacefully, Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990, set up a pro-Iraqi provisional government, and drained Kuwait of its economic resources. A coalition of Arab and Western military forces drove Iraqi troops from Kuwait in a mere four days, from Feb. 23–27, 1991, ending the Persian Gulf War. The emir returned to his country from Saudi Arabia in mid-March. Martial law, in effect since the end of the Gulf War, ended in late June. The U.S. sent 2,400 troops to the country in Aug. 1992, ostensibly as part of a training exercise, though it was widely interpreted as a show of strength to Saddam Hussein. Iraqi “training” maneuvers near the Kuwaiti border in Oct. 1994 renewed fears of aggression in the country. A Kuwaiti appeal brought the quick deployment of U.S. and British troops and equipment.
In 1999, the emir gave women the right to vote and run for parliament, but later that year Parliament defeated the ruler's decree. Kuwaiti society has grown increasingly conservative under the influence of Islamic fundamentalists. In 2003, traditionalists won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections. The emir and crown prince (who served as prime minister) were elderly and ailing; in July 2003, the country's de facto leader, foreign minister Sheik Sabah, replaced the crown prince as prime minister.
In May 2005, Kuwait abandoned its 1999 ban on women's suffrage, and in June a woman was appointed to the cabinet. In April 2006, women voted for the first time. In Jan. 2006, the emir, Sheik Jabir, died. His cousin, Crown Prince Sheik Saad, briefly became the nation's ruler, but he was forced to abdicate because of extreme ill health. The prime minister, Sheik Sabah, was then nominated and unanimously confirmed by Parliament as emir. Sheik Sabah named his brother, Sheik Nawaf, as crown prince, and his nephew, Sheik Nasser, as prime minister.
Prime Minister Sheik Nasser Muhammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah dissolved the opposition-led parliament in March 2008 and called for new elections. In May's parliamentary elections, radical Islamists took more than half of the body's 50 seats. No women were elected to Parliament. Prime Minister Sabah and his cabinet resigned in November in a dispute with Parliament over the visit to Kuwait by a controversial Iranian cleric. The emir reappointed Sabah in December, and he formed a new government in Jan. 2009, composed largely of previous cabinet members.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:15:00 -0800
The airfreight branch secured ACC3 EU certification in 2014 and plans to expand beyond current routes into Europe. The cargo carrier reported its busiest routes in 2014 were Colombo (Sri Lanka), Doha, Juba (South Sudan), Kiev, Kuwait and Muscat (Oman).
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:11:15 -0800
On an average, around 14 to 15 tonnes of cargo was despatched from the Tiruchi international airport to different overseas destinations including Colombo, Kuwait, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Seoul through various foreign airlines. Perishable ...
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It also increased the frequency of flights to Beirut, Kuwait, Muscat, Salalah, and Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. It said that fuel remains the single largest expense at 36 per cent of its total operating costs, although it had benefited from a drop ...
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:48:45 -0800
... current and proposed investment amounting to $205.58 billion are to be announced during the conference. The ongoing and proposed projects are in Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, and Oman, which all ...
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:41:15 -0800
Violations in cargo transportation can be spotted easily if the new system comes into effect,” said Abraham Raju, managing director at Sohar Shipping. Already, a pilot programme has been launched to link networks in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:03:45 -0800
Once these convoys made land, they transported the cargo north and west toward Mediterranean ports, where goods were again loaded onto ships for transport to southern Europe. However, when the Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa was discovered the ...
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:03:45 -0800
According to security sources, when the Directorate General for Drug Control received information from a source that a ship carrying a cargo of liquor bottles would arrive at Kuwait Port, a team was formed with the coordination of the General Customs ...
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Fri, 20 Feb 2015 02:18:45 -0800
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait Customs officers at the Shuwaikh Port foiled an attempt to smuggle about 2.4 million narcotic pills that were concealed inside a barbed wire cargo from Beirut to the country here the other day. A Syrian expatriate who went to the ...
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