An oasis of modernity smack-dab in the middle of one of the most contested regions of the world lies Kuwait. A cradle of civilization against the backdrop of sand and oil fields, Kuwait is a city state bordering Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the Arabian Gulf. Intensely hot during the summer, with relatively mild winters, this is a desert country, almost devoid of any geographical or archaeological significance. However, due to the oil industry, the country is home to 10% of the world’s wealthiest people, all of them involved with the oil industry.
While everyone is fairly familiar with Kuwait, it was perhaps the Gulf War which first brought this country into prominence in the late 20th century. Oil was first struck in 1938, and by 1961 the country had established itself as an independent nation, and one of the world's leading exporters of oil. On August 2, 1990, the country was attacked and overrun by Iraq, leading to the subsequent Persian Gulf War which ended on February 26th, 1991. The country has rebounded quickly, spending several billion dollars to repair the infrastructure which was damaged during the war, and maintains its status as an oil magnet.
At first glance there's not a lot to see in Kuwait. The interior of the country is mostly desert plains, and while it can provide visitors with a cultural experience unlike any other, the majority of visitors to this country choose to visit Kuwait City, which is the capital of the country. A bustling hive of luxury, from modern shopping complexes and marinas to luxurious beach resorts and extravagant accommodations, as well as restaurants, Kuwait City is moving into the 21st century with dignity and extravagance. One of the current developments is the island of Failaka, which is currently being renovated to make way for several tourist developments which will further modernize the country for visitors from every part of the world.