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Kuwait Transportations


Kuwait has a modern network of roads, with all-weather highways running north to Iraq and south to Saudi Arabia. Roadways extended 5,749 km in 2004, including 4,887 km of paved roads. In 2003, there were some 770,375 passenger cars and 200,315 commercial vehicles in use. Land transport accounts for a significant share of Kuwait's imports and exports. There are no railways.

Kuwait has five ports, including a cargo port at Ash-Shuwaykh, on Kuwait Bay, and an oil port at Mina' al-Ahmadi that is equipped with a huge pier at which eight large tankers can be loaded simultaneously. In 2010, Kuwait had 34 merchant ships in service of 1,000 GRT or more. Kuwait has regular calls from ocean shipping, and local sailing craft carry goods between Kuwait and the neighbouring sheikhdoms, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. Sea transport accounts for most of Kuwait's foreign trade.

In 2012, there were an estimated seven airports, of which four had paved runways, and there were also four heliports. The principal airport, Kuwait International Airport, is located south of the city of Kuwait. Air transportation is highly advanced, with Kuwait Airways providing service to and from the major Middle Eastern and European cities. In 2003, the airline carried about 2.198 million passengers on domestic and international flights.


Airports : 7 (2012)
Airports - with paved runways : total: 4

over 3,047 m: 1

2,438 to 3,047 m: 2

1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2012)
Airports - with unpaved runways : total: 3

1,524 to 2,437 m: 1

under 914 m: 2 (2012)
Heliports : 4 (2012)
Pipelines : gas 269 km; oil 540 km; refined products 57 km (2010)
Roadways : total: 5,749 km

paved: 4,887 km

unpaved: 862 km (2004)
Merchant marine : total: 34

by type: bulk carrier 2, carrier 3, container 6, liquefied gas 4, petroleum tanker 19

registered in other countries: 45 (Bahamas 1, Bahrain 5, Comoros 1, Libya 1, Malta 3, Marshall Islands 2, Panama 12, Qatar 6, Saudi Arabia 4, UAE 10) (2010)
Ports and terminals : Ash Shu'aybah, Ash Shuwaykh, Az Zawr (Mina' Sa'ud), Mina' 'Abd Allah, Mina' al Ahmadi




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