Kuwait Information

What to Know About Kuwait Before You Go

Kuwait has a population of approximately 4.67 million people, where 1.45 million are Kuwaitis and 3.2 million are expats.  Most reside in the capital, Kuwait City. Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken. The majority of Kuwait’s population are Muslim (approximately 86%). The remaining are Christian, Hindu, and others. 

Having a basic background about culture, customs and restrictions is important.  Helpful links include:

State of Kuwait website

CIA World Factbook for Kuwait

US Embassy in Kuwait

Kuwait Times, an English language newspaper

Dress Code & Other Restrictions to Observe

Kuwait is a conservative country, so you should aim to dress conservatively out of respect for local customs. Business casual is generally appropriate for students participating in internships or For-Credit exchange.  Shorts and similar attire are appropriate only on athletic playing fields and beaches. Students should also be aware that alcohol is illegal in Kuwait.


It’s hot in Kuwait! Summers are dry, with average temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). Winters are short (December through February), with limited rain and temperatures averaging 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 27 degrees Celsius).


The best way to get around is by taxi. There are public buses, but they are best used with someone who is familiar with them. More up to date information and advice is available from AUK’s international student office

Weekends in Kuwait

Workdays in Kuwait are from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday being the weekend.

Time Difference with the United States

Kuwait is either 7 or 8 hours ahead of Eastern time in the United States, depending on whether it’s during daylight savings or not. The clocks do not change in Kuwait. 

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