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The State of Kuwait is a small oil-rich monarchy on the coast of the Persian Gulf, enclosed by Saudi Arabia in the south and Iraq in the north. The name is a diminutive of an Arabic word meaning "fortress built near water."

Kuwait consists mostly of desert, with little altitude difference. Kuwait is the only country in the world with no natural lake or water reservoir. It has nine islands, the largest one being the Bubiyan, which is linked to the mainland by a concrete bridge (after the liberation in 1991 the island was converted into a military base and currently no civilians are allowed in). The islands are:
- Auhah Island
- Bubiyan Island
- Failaka Island
- Kubbar Island
- Miskan Island
- Qaruh Island
- Umm al Maradim Island
- Umm an Namil Island
- Warbah Island
Kuwait is considered to be one of the fifteen lands that comprise the "Cradle of Humanity".

Kuwait enjoys a variable continental climate. Summers (April to October) are extremely hot and dry with temperatures reaching above 51 C (124 F) in Kuwait City. Winters (November to February) are cool with limited precipitation and temperature level dropping below 21 C (70 F). The spring season is cool and pleasant.

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Kuwait has a good road system. All signs are in English and Arabic.

Taxi: These are recognisable by red licence plates and may be hired by the day, in which case fares should be agreed beforehand. Share-taxis are also available. Hailing taxis from the road is not advisable, particularly for females. It is recommended that taxis are booked in advance by telephone from a reputable taxi company. A standard rate is applicable in most taxis, but those at hotel ranks are more expensive. Tipping is not expected.

Car hire: Self-drive is available. If you produce an International Driving Permit, the rental company will, within five days, grant a temporary local licence valid for one month. However, it should be noted that driving in Kuwait, especially when new to driving in the country, can be extremely chaotic and frightening.

Kuwait is a very safe place and one would have to try very hard to get hurt. It is generally recommended to respect the dominant religion (Islam) and local customs; women should wear decent modest clothing at all times to avoid suspicious looks and lewd comments. Many Kuwaiti drivers are extremely reckless.