Kuwait City is the capital of the Arab country officially called the State of Kuwait. The capital city benefits from three powerful transportation and trade hubs namely Kuwait International Airport, Shuwaik Port and Ahmadi Port.
Kuwait City was the site of a financial Guinness World Record on January 5, 2017 when the Gulf Bank awarded a US$3.3 million prize-linked bank account payout–the biggest ever.
On March 1, 2012 Kuwait’s capital city had been the location for a mobile phone-related Guinness World Record. Egyptian Yousef Ahmed Abdul Saboor finished a prescribed 160-character text message in 29.43 seconds at Kuwait City’s Marina Mall.
Kuwait exported US$46.2 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Kuwait’s highest-value export is petroleum accounting for 85% of Kuwaiti shipments by value. Other exports from Kuwait are acyclic alcohols (organic chemicals), ethylene polymers (plastics), cars, chemical fertilizers and jewelry according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Kuwait City, Kuwait: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Kuwait Towers, Seif Palace, Grand Mosque and Dickson House Cultural Centre
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Kuwait City, Kuwait:
- Queen Rania, Jordan’s queen consort (born Aug. 31, 1970)
- Sanjeeda Sheikh, soap opera actress (born Dec. 20, 1984)
- Bader Al-Mutawa, soccer player/footballer (born Jan. 10, 1985)
- Diana Karazon, pop singer (born Oct. 30, 1983)
- Arwa, singer-songwriter & TV host (born Feb. 21, 1979)
- Jack ALMazeedi, director & producer (born Sep. 25, 1995 )
- Eloise Mignon, actress (born Sep. 18, 1986)
- Patrick Tashadian, cinematographer & producer (born Feb. 7, 1981)
- Bader Eidan, social media personality (born Jun. 26, 1992)
- Mishary Rashid Alafasy, YouTube star (born Sep. 5, 1976)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Kuwait resident: Kuwaiti
Population: 2,779,000 (Kuwait City metropolitan area)
Density: 34,738 people per square mile (13,412 per square kilometer)
Population: 4,465,000 (Kuwait City built-up urban area)
Density: 16,236 people per square mile (6,269 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,832,776 (Kuwait)
Density: 412 people per square mile (159 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$166.5 billion in 2014 (Kuwait City metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $55,171
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Kuwait City: Kuwaiti dinar
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on November 26, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on November 26, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Middle East: Kuwait. Accessed on February 3, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on November 26, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on November 26, 2016
Guinness World Records, Fastest time to type a text message (SMS) on a mobile phone. Accessed on February 3, 2017
Guinness World Records, Largest prize-linked bank account payout. Accessed on February 3, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on July 31, 2017
Official Government Website, Kuwait Government Online. Accessed on November 26, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on November 26, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Kuwait. Accessed on February 3, 2017
Wikipedia, Kuwait City. Accessed on November 26, 2016
Wikipedia, List of cities by GDP. Accessed on November 26, 2016
Kuwait City’s immediate metropolitan area covers 80 square miles (200 square kilometers), and has about 2.8 million residents.
Greater Kuwait City’s built-up urban area extends over 275 square miles (712 square kilometers), with an estimated population of 4.5 million people in 2015.
At the country level, Kuwait’s land area covers 6,880 square miles (17,818 square kilometers). The national population count was 2.8 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within the immediate metropolitan area for Kuwait’s capital city, with an average 34,700 people per square mile (13,400 per square kilometer).
For the much larger Kuwait City urban area, density more than halves to an average 16,200 people per square mile (6,300 per square kilometer).
For Kuwait overall, population density drops significantly to an average 412 inhabitants per square mile (159 per square kilometer).
Kuwaitis celebrate National Day as a public holiday each February 25.