Visiting

Business hours

The work week is Sunday to Thursday, with the weekend falling on Friday and Saturday. A standard working week is 40 hours, with companies usually operating from 8.30am to 6.00pm, sometimes with an extended lunch break. Office hours are reduced during the holy month of Ramadan.

Bank offices are open from 7.30am to 2.30pm, Friday and Saturday. Retail branches are open from 8.00am to 1.00pm, Friday to Saturday and 5.00pm to 7.00pm (excluding Thursday).

Public holidays

1 January - New Year's Day
3 January - Milad Un Nabi (The Prophet's Birthday)
25 February - Kuwait National Day
26 February - Kuwait Liberation Day
16 May - Lailat Al Miraj (The Prophet's Ascension)
18 July - Eid Al Fitr*
19 July – Eid Al Fitr*
20 July – Eid Al Fitr*
23 September - Eid Al Adha*
24 September – Eid Al Adha*
13 October - Al Hijra (Islamic New Year)

* Extra holidays are frequently taken especially by government offices around the Eid holidays and clients should be aware that visits made during these periods may be problematical.

Note: Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last anything from two to 10 days, depending on the region. Generally, if a holiday falls on a Friday, a day is given in lieu.

Climate

October to November and April to May are pleasant months in Kuwait.

  • Summer: June to September is very hot and humid reaching 44°C with humidity over 85 per cent.
  • Winter: December to March is significantly cooler. Rainfall can vary from 22 millimetres to over 350 millimetres.

Dust storms occur mostly in spring and summer. For weather details in Kuwait, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

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The Kuwaiti dinar (KD) is divided into 1000 fils. Notes are 20, 10, 5 and 1 KD, 500 and 250 fils. Coins include 100, 50, 20, 10 fils. The KD is a strong currency pegged to many currencies of which the US dollar has the most weight.

Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATM’s cash cards are widely used.

Time zones and time differences

Kuwait is seven hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). There is no daylight saving time during summer.

To find out the current time in Kuwait, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Kuwait's country code is +965.

For calls to Kuwait from Australia dial: 0011 + 965 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Kuwait to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Kuwait's power supply is 220-240 volts; 1, 3 phases 2, 4 wires.