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BITS OF CULTURE - Kuwait
 
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Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

Languages

Official language:
Arabic

Other language:
English

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Cultural Values
  • Cultural Values .
  • Kuwaitis tend to have strong attachments to their families.
  • A house is designed to show little to the outside world, and often has a nearby structure, called a diwaniyya, for receiving guests.
  • Men face some restrictions in public places like restaurants and shopping malls that are sometimes restricted to families—that is, unaccompanied men may not enter.
  • Kuwaiti families are usually quite large, and many different families are interconnected and related to one another through ancestry and marriage

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values

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Diet
  • Kuwaiti food is primarily based on the staple product of rice.
  • However, there are a large number of different ways to prepare the rice, and each family has their own way of making one of the several traditional meals. One of the most common, and most Kuwaiti, of these rice dishes is machbous, which is saffron rice topped with either chicken or lamb, served with a tomato paste sauce.
  • Fuul, falafel and humus are the three staples food. Fuul is a paste made from fava beans, garlic and lemon, usually served with oil.
  • Falafel is deep-fried balls of chickpea paste with spices, served in a piece of khobz (Arabic flat bread) with pickled vegetables or tomato.
  • Humus is cooked chickpeas ground into a paste and mixed with garlic and lemon. Arabic bread is eaten with absolutely everything and is also called aish, meaning 'life'. It's round and flat and makes a good filler.
  • Main dishes are usually chicken, kebabs or meat and vegetable stews.

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Interesting Facts
  • Kuwait is one of the world’s smallest countries.
  • With some 18,000 square kilometers of land, mostly oil rich desert, Kuwait has a total of less than 300 species of native flowering plants.

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