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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Kuwait, the land of folklore and heritage. Home to the Arabian oryx, hedgehogs, striped hyena and many more this desert land is also native to the Arfaj trees and date palms. Kuwait lies in the north-western part of the Arabian Gulf, bordering Iraq to the North and Saudi Arabia to the South. Wealthy, safe and just about crime-free, Kuwait is a great entry point to the Muslim world of souks, mosques and that all-important warm Arabian hospitality. Our second home is the finest country for it's home-grown tradition of theatre. Furthermore, Kuwait is a developing country with a high-income economy, backed by the world's sixth largest oil reserves and the highest currency. Pearl diving and Fishing were the main livelihoods in the past. Pearls, in the past (1895-1915) were the main source of wealth in Kuwait and not Oil. Today, annual pearl diving festivals are held to help younger generations feel excitement and hardship faced by their forefathers. These festivals are tribute to the men who spent their lives searching for pearls. Along with pearl diving, fishing has also played a significant part in the tradition of Kuwait. The key element in fishing was the Dhow (Typically sporting long thin hulls, dhows are trading vessels primarily used to carry heavy items, such as fruit, fresh water, or other heavy merchandise).

Indian nationals account for about 22% of the country's population. India and Kuwait enjoy traditionally friendly relations, rooted in history and have stood the test of time. Indians have always been treated civilly with regard to job security, education, etc. India was among the earliest countries to recognize Kuwait's independence while Kuwait was one of the first countries to extend support to India during the war with China in 1962. During the 1950s and 1960s Bombay was a hub for many Kuwaiti businesses and the Emir himself maintained a house there on the Marine Drive, His Highness, Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and late His Royal Highness Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, have always made sure that us Indians are respected well in this Country. In their land, no one sleeps hungry. The food here is not only of high quality but its also affordable. The Kuwaiti cuisine is part of the Eastern Arabian cuisine. A prominent dish in Kuwaiti cuisine is Machboos. In addition to the lovely cuisines, Kuwait also offers beautiful beaches, Souks mainly the Souk Al-Mubarakiya which is the biggest traditional market in Kuwait City with hundreds of small stores ranging from a meat market, fish market, dates store, etc, and an appealing skyline. The Kuwait Towers are a must visit along with the National Museum, Hamra tower, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Center, and many more interesting places.

The colors of the national flag of Kuwait symbolizes exceptional meaning which originates with Safyeddin Al-Hell, a 17th century poet, who wrote: "White our deeds, black our positions, green our pastors, red our past.".

It's great contentment to have grown up in this beautiful land..



By:
Jamila Fakhruddin, Carmel School
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