2009-08-19 16:42 BJT

Special Report: Asia Pacific |


Located in the north-east corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Kuwait is one of the smallest countries in the world in terms of land area. The flat, sandy Arabian Desert covers most of Kuwait. Kuwait is the only country in the world which has no natural lake or water reservoir. There is little difference in the country's altitude with the highest point in the country being 306 m above sea-level.

Kuwait flag
Kuwait flag

Kuwait City is located on Kuwait Bay, a natural deep-water harbor.

Kuwait Island


The island is 20 km off the coast of Kuwait City in the Persian Gulf.


Bubiyan Island is the largest island in the Kuwaiti coastal island chain with an area of 863 km2.


Total area of 37 square kilometers. The island is essentially a large mud flat.


It is 800 meters long by 540 meters wide . Apart from a light-house and a small heliport, the island is mainly uninhabited.


Kubbar island is located roughly 30 kilometers off the southern coast of Kuwait . It is sandy, with low coasts and sparsely vegetated. The island is inhabited by various forms of wildlife. Kubbar is surrounded by coral reefs, and is therefore popular with scuba divers.


Miskan Island is a small, uninhabited island . It is about 1.2 kilometers long and 800 meters wide.


Qaruh an island which received its name from the large amounts of petroleum sediments in the area (known as Qar in Arabic). It is the smallest of the nine islands.

UMM AL MARADIM (Translation: Mother of boulders)

The island is 1.5 kilometers in length and 540 meters wide . it is known to have deep waters surrounding it, in which large ships can safely anchor.

UMM AL NAMIL (Translation: Mother of ants)

Located within Kuwait Bay. It is known to be the site of several archeological finds, mainly from the Islamic era, and the bronze age.