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Visual Arts in Kuwait

Aug 17, 2007
The State of Kuwait is a small constitutional monarchy country on the coast of the Persian Gulf, enclosed by Saudi Arabia to the south and Iraq to the north and west. The name is a diminutive of an Arabic word meaning fortress built near water.

Kuwaits first museum was the residence of Sheikh Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah. The archaeological discoveries at Failaka created a need for a place to house these important finds. A department of Antiquity and Museums was also set up. The department bought the former home of the Al Badr family in Kuwait City and turned it into the first national museum while waiting to build a museum fit to house the discoveries made in Kuwait.

Kuwait has a large variety of customs and traditions and this gives rise to a colourful and extensive culture, reflected in the Diwaniya, the Bedouin traditions and Al Sadu weaving. The people of Kuwait also have special love for the arts, be it literature, theatre, music, dance, films or contemporary art.

The National Council of Culture, Arts and Literature the Free Art Studio and the Kuwaiti Society of Formative Artists are promoting the visual arts in Kuwait.

Native cooking reflects Kuwaiti history, its tribes and immigrants, and its international desert and marine trading traditions. It is a unique melange of Bedouin, Persian, Indian and Eastern Mediterranean influences.

In the early Bedouin way of cooking, the whole meal is cooked in a single large pot over charcoal. Meat or fish, vegetables and spices are first browned at the bottom of the pot. Rice or wheat and water are then added, and the pot is covered and left to simmer for some time. This method is still used in Kuwaiti homes to make meat porridges and some traditional prawn and vegetable dishes.

Kuwait consists mostly of desert and little difference in altitude. It has nine islands, the largest one being Bubiyan, which is linked to the mainland by a concrete bridge.

Kuwait enjoys a variable continental climate. Hot summers and cooler winters. The driest months are June through September, while the wettest are January through March.

For the size of the country, are a rich and a relatively open economy with proven crude oil reserves of 96 billion barrels, estimated to be 10 percent of the worlds reserves. Petroleum accounts for nearly half of GDP, 95 percent of export revenues, and 80 percent of government income. Kuwaits climate limits agricultural development.
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