Governorates of Kuwait
LocationState of Kuwait Kuwait
Number6 Governorates (as of 27 November 1999)
PopulationsMubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate - 254,999 (lowest); Farwaniya Governorate - 1,169,312 (highest)
AreasHawalli Governorate - 85 km2 (33 sq mi) (smallest); Jahra Governorate - 12,750 km2 (4,920 sq mi) km² (largest)

Kuwait is divided into 6 governorates (muhafazah). The governorates are further subdivided into areas. The governorate is headed by a Governor appointed by a ministerial decree for a period of 4 years which can be renewed upon the proposal of the Prime Minister.


The beginning of the formation of governorates in the State of Kuwait started back in 1962 with the Emiri decree No. 6 which divided the Kuwait into three governorates i.e. Al Asimah Governorate, Ḩawallī Governorate and Al Aḩmadi Governorate. Later, Jahra Governorate, Farwaniya Governorate and Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate were formed in 1979, 1988 and 1999 respectively.


Governorate ISO 3166-2:KW Formation Population Area (km2) Notes
Ahmadi Governorate KW-AH 1962 959,009 5,120 It was named after Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 10th ruler of Kuwait.
Al-Asimah Governorate KW-KU 1962 568,567 175 It houses most of Kuwait's financial and business centres such as the Kuwait Stock Exchange.
Farwaniya Governorate KW-FA 1988 1,169,312 204 It is the most populated governorate.
Hawalli Governorate KW-HA 1962 939,792 85 It is the smallest and most densely populated governorate.
Jahra Governorate KW-JA 1979 540,910 12,750 It is the largest governorate and contains the agricultural area.
Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate KW-MU 1999 254,999 104 The newest governorate of Kuwait, founded in 1999 and the least populated governorate in Kuwait.

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