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 Kuwait - Profile

Facts

  • Kuwait lies on the north-west coast of the Persian Gulf and has boundaries with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The land is mainly desert, with a more fertile narrow coastal belt.
  • The northern area of the Bay of Kuwait is shallow (under 5 m) and characterised by mud flats, whereas the southern coast of the bay and along the Arabian Gulf is deeper and has sandy beaches. Most ports are on the southern shores and there are about twenty anchorages for small boats.
  • Although tourism is discouraged by the authorities, the few cruising boats that have visited Kuwait since the Gulf War have been allowed to stay for a limited period.
  • There are a number of locally owned yachts, mainly power, and two well-endowed marinas, one near the capital, the other in the south of the country. Because of the large number of local yachts, facilities are of a high standard. There are two marinas, one near Kuwait City, referred to as the Yacht Club, the other near the Khiran tourist resort, some 60 miles (97 km) south of the capital near the Saudi border.

Security

Safety and security considerations are similar to elsewhere in the developed Middle East. Most travel websites, including the UK FCO and US State Department, say that occasional terrorist events are likely.

From the UK FCO website specifically concerning yachts sailing in Kuwaiti waters: Many areas of the Gulf are highly sensitive, including near maritime boundaries and the islands of Bubiyan and Warbah in the northern Gulf and Abu Musa, and the Tunbs in the southern Gulf. The area in the northern Gulf, between Iran, Iraq and Kuwait has not been demarcated and vessels entering these areas have been detained and inspected. There have been occasional arrests. Make careful enquiries before entering these waters or visiting ports.

You should also remain alert to the effect any regional tensions may have on your route. Vessels operating in the Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and Bab El Mandeb regions may be under an increased risk of maritime attack (i.e., piracy).

 

Weather

Summers (April to October) are hot and humid with very little rain. Winters (November to March) are cool with limited rain. Springs are cool and pleasant.

Kuwait Weather Forecast

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page

Main Ports

Khiran Marina , Shuaiba * , Shuwaikh * , Umm Al Maradim *

* indicates port of entry

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