Kuwait City (Arabic al - Kuwait الكويت مدينة الكويت or Madīnat al - Kuwait) has 63,600 inhabitants ( 2006 census ) and is the capital of the Emirate of Kuwait. Because of the relatively narrow limits of local government, however, is its significance to quote much higher in the metropolitan area with about 2.4 million inhabitants.
In the eastern center of the country, located on the shore of the Persian Gulf, it is the undisputed cultural, political and economic center of the country.
In the city the Kuwaiti Parliament ( Majlis al - Umma مجلس الأمة ) and most authorities are functioning. Germany, Austria and Switzerland have their own messages. The university was founded in 1962. Symbol of the city are the three water towers built in 1979 from Kuwait City (built by Sune Lindström and Malene Björn ).
The highest of them reaches 185 meters and has a restaurant, which offers a panoramic view and can see the palace of the Emir. The National Museum, formerly an important exhibition of Islamic art, was the Iraqi- Kuwaiti Gulf War largely destroyed.
After the war damage in 1990/91 has a faster recovery and especially the construction of numerous high-rise buildings can today's impressive skyline of Kuwait arise. The 8 km long northern coastline from the harbor to the Eastern Cape with the water towers is the new lifeblood of the modern city.
From 2005 to 2011 the city center was a new skyscraper, the Al Hamra Tower, which is 413 meters high and is one of the tallest buildings in the world.
Highways connect Kuwait to Iraq, Saudi Arabia and offshore with the southern Emirates on the Persian Gulf. The road network, especially in the southern suburbs near the coast is well developed.
In the suburbs and neighboring communities buses. International Kuwait City is also served by Kuwait International Airport to the air traffic.
To the west of the city, a medium-sized seaport located with transshipment of oil products, container and bulk cargo. The passenger trade plays only a minor role due to the political uncertainties and the low airfares.