Kuwaiti Culture

Kuwait is located between Saudi Arabia and Iraq and is larger than the state of Connecticut. Oil has turned Kuwait into one of the Middle East’s richest countries. Its landscape consists almost entirely of flat desert with slight elevations. Approximately 75 percent of the population is Muslim, including nearly all Kuwaiti citizens. Kuwaiti society is generally conservative, in which Islam is a pervasive influence. Sincerity, family ties, and adhering to tradition are important in Kuwaiti society.

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Kuwaiti People and Community

Families in Kuwait are typically close knit. Time spent with family is at the center of everyday life. Traditional Kuwaiti families were once large, but today, most families have two children. Young Kuwaitis usually live with their parents until marriage. Even after marriage, parents often support their children for many years. Aging parents and grandparents are usually taken care of by their children.

Kuwaiti families are patriarchal, but decisions are made by both husband and wife. Currently, Kuwaiti women work outside of the home. However, they are still in charge of childrearing and household duties.

Language and Communication Styles

The official language of Kuwait is Arabic.

Food in Kuwait

Rice is a staple of Kuwaiti cuisine. One of the most popular dishes is makboos (saffron-flavored rice with tomato sauce and lamb or chicken). Other dishes include gaboot (raisin-filled dumplings in a meat or chicken stew), marag laham (a lamb and vegetable stew), and kousa (squash filled with meat and rice). Dishes with shrimp, crab, and other seafood are customary.  Laban (a yogurt-based drink) and soft drinks are common.