Map of Kuwait's Governorates
Map of Kuwait's Governorates

Kuwait is divided into six governorates, in each there are several areas (Arabic: مناطِق).

Areas, due to their small area which does not exceed 5 km2 (2 sq mi), are sometimes called towns. However they are officially translated to areas.[1][2][3] The Arabic word for area, Mintaqah منطقة can mean both mean area and region.[4][5] Areas are further subdivided into blocks, each of which is refereed by to a number. All blocks are divided into streets شوارع (singular شارع šāriʿ). However, some areas may be further subdivided into جادات Jaddāt (singular جادة Jadda), which might be translated to avenue or lane.

Each area in Kuwait has an official governmental facility called co-op society or just society (Arabic: جمعية). For example, in Surra, it's called Surra Co-op Society. Societies are mainly supermarkets that provide foods and produces, and they may take part in maintaining some on the areas' landmarks like parks and schools, but they're not legally obliged to. Societies have elected members who manage them. Only residents of the area can vote for their society membership.

Capital Governorate

Location of Capital Governorate in Kuwait
Location of Capital Governorate in Kuwait
The centre of Kuwait City at night, with the Kuwait National Assembly
The centre of Kuwait City at night, with the Kuwait National Assembly
Failaka Island ruins
Date seller in Kuwait's traditional Sūg li-Mbārkīya
Date seller in Kuwait's traditional Sūg li-Mbārkīya

The Capital Governorate (Arabic: العاصمة, romanizedal-ʿĀṣima Gulf Arabic: il-ʿĀṣma) comprises the core areas of Kuwait City and several offshore islands, among them Failaka Island.

Areas of Capital Governorate
Official English Arabic Gulf Arabic Transliteration Year Established # of Blocks[6] Population (2011)[6] Notes
Abdulla Al-Salem ضاحية عبد الله السالم Ð̣āḥyat ʿAbdalla is-Sālim 1963[7][8] 4 13,098 Often referred to simply as ið̣-Ð̣āḥya 'the suburb'.
Adailiya العديلية li-ʿDēlīya 1963[7] 4 11,006
Bnaid Al-Qar بنيد القار Bnēd il-Gār 2 13,171
Daʿiya الدعية id-Diʿīya 1957[7] 5 11,289
Dasma الدسمة id-Dasma 1954[7] 6 12,455
Doha الدوحة id-Dōḥa 22,047 Not to be confused with the Qatari Capital
Doha Port ميناء الدوحة Mina id-Dōḥa 573
Faiha' الفيحاء il-Fēḥa 1956[7] 9 12,333
Failaka فيلكا Fēliča 147 A historic island. Its name comes from Greek φυλάκιο(ν) - fylakio(n) 'outpost'. Used to be inhabited until the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Birthplace of Fēliča (sub)dialect of Kuwaiti Arabic.
Granada (Kuwait) غرناطة Ġirnāṭa 3 8,752 It was named after the city of Granada in Spain. Appears officially in variant forms, including Granda and Ghornata.
Jaber Al-Ahmad City مدينة جابر الأحمد (Madīnat) Jābir il-Aḥmad 40,591
Jibla جِبْلَة 15 4,772
Kaifan كيفان Kēfān 1955[7] 7 17,300
Khaldiya الخالدية il-Xāldīya 1961[7] 4 9,820
Mansūriya المنصورية il-Manṣūrīya 1965[7] 2 5,589 Location of Al-Arabi SC, one of the oldest sports clubs in Kuwait.
Mirgab المرقاب 3 3,699
Nahdha النهضة in-Nahð̣a 3 Formerly East Sulaibikhat
North West Sulaibikhat شمال غرب الصليبيخات Šamāl Ġarb li-Ṣlēbixāt 7,941 Temporary name
Nuzha النزهة in-Nizha 1963[7] 3 8,372
Qadsiya القادسية il-Qādsīya 1958[7] 9 14,389
Qurtuba قرطبة Qurṭuba 5 28,736
Rawda الروضة ir-Rōð̣a 1965[7] 5 21,535
Shamiya الشامية iš-Šāmīya 1955[7] 10 14,708
Sharq شرق‎ 8 3,699
Shuwaikh الشويخ li-Šwēx 1954[7] 8 3,012
Shuwaikh Industrial Area الشويخ الصناعية li-Šwēx iṣ-Ṣināʿīya 2,518
Shuwaikh Port ميناء الشويخ Mina li-Šwēx 185
Sulaibikhat الصليبخات li-Ṣlēbixāt 5 23,686
Surra السرة is-Sirra 6 30,264
Umm an Namil Island جزيرة ام النمل (Jazīrat) Umm in-Namil 0
Yarmouk اليرموك il-Yarmūk 4 15,385
Total population (2011) 359,245

Hawalli Governorate

Areas of Hawalli Governorate
English Arabic Population (2011)[6] Notes/Landmarks
Anjafa أنجفة 596 Anjafa beach
Bayān بيان 39,799 Bayan Palace
Bi'da البدع Coastal area with many business with sea view.
Hawally حولي 128,549 Notable for its huge commercial activities and dozens of malls.
Hittin حطين 20,809
Jabriya الجابرية 56,392 Home of multiple hospitals, including Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital, Hadi Hospital, and Royale Hayat Hospital, as well as many embassies, the Blood Bank of Kuwait and Health Sciences Campus of Kuwait University.
Maidan Hawalli ميدان حولي
Mishrif مشرف 27,391
Mubarak Al-Jabir مبارك الجابر
Nigra النقرة
Rumaithiya الرميثية 41,787 Has the largest number of Husainiyas in Kuwait.
Salam سلام 22,314
Salmiya السالمية 196,153 Big commercial activities and a lot of malls.
Salwa سلوى 80,283
Sha'ab الشعب 10,084
Shuhada الشهداء 15,258
Siddiq الصديق 26
South Surra جنوب السرة
Zahra الزهراء 23,792 Has the second largest mall (360 Mall) in Kuwait.
Total population (2011) 672,910

Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate

The Mubarak Al-Kabeer governorate (Arabic: مبارك الكبير, romanizedMubārak al-Kabīr Gulf Arabic: Mbārak il-kabīir) is the governorate most recently established. It is named after Mubarak the Great.

Areas of Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate
English Arabic Population (2011)[6] Notes/Landmarks
Abu Al Hasaniya أبو الحصانية 1,682
Abu Futaira أبو فطيرة 57
Adān العدان 48,095
Al Qurain القرين 33,616
Al-Qusour القصور 38,606
Fintās الفنطاس
Funaitīs الفنيطيس 578
Misīla المسيلة 1,022
Mubarak Al-Kabeer مبارك الكبير 48,196 Governorate seat.
Sabah Al-Salem صباح السالم 83,437
Sabhān صبحان 2,903
South Wista جنوب وسطي 51
Wista وسطي 570
Total population (2011) 258,813

Ahmadi Governorate

Areas of Ahmadi Governorate
English Arabic Population (2011)[6] Notes/Landmarks
Abu Halifa أبو حليفة 29,870
Abdullah Port ميناء عبد الله 24,415
Ahmadi الأحمدي 21,469 Governorate seat.
Ali As-Salim علي صباح السالم 42,173
Aqila العقيلة 13,579
Bar Al Ahmadi بر الأحمدي 723 Desert area of Al Ahmadi.
Bneidar بنيدر
Dhaher بر الأحمدي 33,197
Fahaheel الفحيحيل 54,157
Fahad Al-Ahmad فهد الأحمد 17096
Hadiya هدية 17,990
Jaber Al-Ali جابر العلي 38,868
Jawaher Al Wafra جواخير الوفرة 653
Jilei'a الجليعة
Khairan الخيران 1,895
Mahbula المهبولة 77,988
Mangaf المنقف 73,378
Miqwa' المقوع 32
New Khairan City مدينة الخيران الجديدة 2
New Wafra الوفرة الجديدة 2,488
Nuwaiseeb النويصيب 537
Riqqa الرقة 36,058
Sabah Al-Ahmad City مدينة صباح الأحمد 1,235
Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City مدينة صباح الأحمد البحرية
Sabahiya الصباحية 56,640
Shu'aiba (North & South) الشعيبة 26
South Sabahiya جنوب الصباحية 73
Wafra الوفرة 7,856
Zoor الزور 2,230
Zuhar الظهر
Total population (2011) 588,068

Farwaniya Governorate

Areas of Farwaniya Governorate
English Arabic Population (2011)[6] Notes/Landmarks
Abdullah Al-Mubarak عبدالله المبارك 61,441 Also known as West Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh.
Airport District منطقة المطار 29
Andalous الأندلس 42,325
Ardiya العارضية 47,928
Ardiya Herafiya العارضية حرفية 42,173
Ardiya Industrial Area العارضية المنطقة الصناعية 203
Ashbelya اشبيلية 21,848
Dhajeej الضجيج 99
Farwaniya الفروانية 136,260 Governorate seat.
Fordous الفردوس 52,173
Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh جليب الشيوخ 227,980
Khaitan خيطان 109,901
Omariya العمرية 17,373
Rabiya الرابية 18,620
Rai الري 1,054 Home to The Avenues (Kuwait), the world's second largest covered mall.
Al-Riggae الرقعي 24,820
Rihab الرحاب 15,682
Sabah Al-Nasser صباح الناصر 38,507
Sabaq Al Hajan سباق الهجن 2,218 Camel racing area.
Total population (2011) 818,571

Jahra Governorate

Areas of Jahra Governorate
English Arabic Population (2011)[6] Notes/Landmarks
Abdali العبدلي 6,839
Al Nahda / East Sulaibikhat النهضة / شرق الصليبخات 6,756
Amghara أمغرة 8,623
Bar Jahra بر الجهراء 1,044 Desert area of Jahra.
Jahra الجهراء 38,664 Governorate seat.
Jahra Industrial Area الجهراء المنطقة الصناعية 1,259
Kabad كبد 3,602
Naeem النعيم 13,913
Nasseem النسيم 18,745
Oyoun العيون 31,009
Qasr القصر 42,050
Saad Al Abdullah City مدينة سعد العبدالله 65,394
Salmi السالمي 1,187
Sikrab السكراب 264
South Doha / Qairawān جنوب الدوحة / القيروان 15,200
Subiya الصبية
Sulaibiya الصليبية 58,275
Sulaibiya Agricultural Area الصليبية المنطقة الزراعية 6,778
Taima تيماء 52,740
Waha الواحة 28,154
Total population (2011) 400,975

See also

References

  1. ^ Kuwait National News Agency
  2. ^ Ministry of Interior
  3. ^ "Ministry of Electricity and Water". Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  4. ^ Cambridge English-Arabic dictionary, Area translatation
  5. ^ Cambridge English-Arabic dictionary, Region translatation
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Geoportal for Kuwait Census 2011". Central Statistical Bureau of Kuwait. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
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