Most homes are rectangular in shape and are organized around an inner courtyard.
This courtyard allows for an enclosed yet open environment, and at the same time protects from the wind and direct sunlight in the arid desert climate.
After the Gulf War the entire population of Palestinians was expelled from Kuwait, because they were believed to sympathize with Iraq.
Around 60 percent of the population is male, while 40 percent of the population is female. Arabic is the official language, and English is widely spoken. For centuries Kuwait was merely a transitory home for Arabic nomads.
Located between Mesopotamia and the Indus river valley, this arid terrain was a trade link between these two civilizations.
In addition to these Arabian and African populations, approximately 9 percent of the population is Indian, 4 percent of the population is Iranian, and the remaining 7 percent is consists of other foreign nationals.
Approximately 29 percent of the population is 14 years or under, 68 percent is between the ages of 15 and 64, and 2 percent of the population is over 65 years of age.
In the mid 18th century, members of the Utab clan, from what is now Saudi Arabia, began to settle in Kuwait.