A Brief History and the Seasons of Kuwait

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NB: Taken from the AWARE: Welcome to Kuwait Orientation Packet

Brief History of Kuwait

Kuwait has a history of over 250 years of existence as an independent political entity. Kuwait, or officially the State of Kuwait, was referred to by the name “Qurain” in the early 17th century. The name “Qurain” or Kuwait are diminutive of the Arabic words Qarn and Kout. Qarn is a hill and Kout is a fortress adjacent to water.

The real history of Kuwait dates back to 1672, when Kuwait was just a small village where the Sheikh of the Bani Khalid built his “Kout,” his fortress near the water.

 

Kuwait Map

 

The Seasons in Kuwait

When asked how many seasons there are in Kuwait, you may tempted to say two — spring and summer – but when you ask a Bedouin he will say there are many. The Bedouin, who traditionally spent most of his time outdoors, is an expert in the weather patterns. Below are the “seasons” of Kuwait, with the local names in Arabic and the characteristics of that season.

Season

# of Days

Dates

Tulua’suhail

Heat wave breaks

52

Aug. 24 – Oct. 14
Al-Wassam

Beginning of rain season

52

Oct. 15 – Dec. 5
Arbieenayat lishta

Peak of cold

40

Dec. 6 – Jan 14
Shabbat

Damp cold

26

Jan. 15 – Feb. 9
Al-agarab

End of cold. Beginning spring

26

Feb. 10 – Mar. 7
Al-hameem

Chilly, felt by elderly

26

Mar. 8 – Apr. 2
Athara’an

End of spring

26

Apr. 3 – Apr. 28
Al-kinna

Beginning of heat

39

Apr. 29 – June 6
Atharaya

Unstable weather, possibility of dust

13

June 7 – June 19
Attuwayba

Unstable weather, possibility of dust

13

June 20 – July 2
Al-jowza’al-oola

Hot wind and dust

13

July 3 – July 15
Al-jowza’athanniya

Hot wind, dust; night is cool

13

July 16 – July 28
Al-marzam

Peak of heat

13

July 29 – Aug. 10
Al-killiyeen

High humidity

13

Aug. 11 – Aug. 23

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Aldridge
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 20:58:04

    This weather information is fascinating! How does it compare to what you’ve experienced so far? Thanks for posting! I would imagine that you might be back in the States for some of the hot wind and dust part of next year. 🙂

    Reply

  2. adriannedawn
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 22:17:53

    This is so interesting! I love knowing these tidbits!

    Reply

  3. Helen Webb
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 23:28:51

    Wow, looks like you may miss the worst of the hot wind and dust. Interesting facts and good to see the map, too.

    Reply

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