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Kuwait

Kuwait is a sovereign Arab emirate of 20,000 square kilometres, situated on the northwestern shore of the Persian Gulf. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and Iraq to the north. The fifth richest country in the world by GDP per capita, most of its wealth comes from oil.

Kuwait City
Creative Commons AttributionKuwait City - Credit: Mohammad Alattar

The name Kuwait comes from the Arabic "akwat", meaning fortresses built near water. Around 2.9 million people live in Kuwait.  The land is mostly desert, and has no natural lakes or water reservoirs.

After allying with Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War, Kuwait was invaded and annexed by Iraq under Saddam Hussein on 2 August 1990. The annexation led to the first Gulf War.