A sovereign state in the north east of the
Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia, Kuwait lies on the north-western shore of
the Persian Gulf. The country has the world’s fifth largest oil reserve with
petroleum products accounting for almost 95% of exports. Kuwait has a long and
rich maritime history, with a prominent role in the spice trade. Dhows, large
wooden boats made from teak are still made and used. Seafood has been at the
heart of the Kuwaiti cuisine for centuries. Kuwaiti architecture is mostly
influenced by Islamic design.