Iranians in Kuwait

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Iranians in Kuwait
Regions with significant populations
Kuwait City
Predominantly Shi'a Islam
Minority Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Iranians in Qatar

Iranians in Kuwait is the Iranian community in Kuwait. In 2012, there were 45,000 Kuwaiti citizens of Iranian national background or descent according to the population census.[1] Iranian expatriates are heavily concentrated in the Bneid al-Gar suburb of Kuwait City.

In 1921, there were 10,000 Iranians in Kuwait. In 1933, H. R. P. Dickson said the Persian community was growing rapidly in size.



Most Iranian expatriates in Kuwait are employed the private sector.[2] In 2011, there were 42,795 Iranian citizens in Kuwait; 699 were employed in the public sector, 24,684 in the private sector and 16,577 were on dependent visas.[2]


There are Iranian schools in Kuwait, all are privately funded and located in the suburbs of Kuwait City.[3] Iranian schools in Kuwait include:

  • Iranian School of Kuwait - previously located in Jabriya, recently relocated to Rig'i.

Iranian Kuwaitis[edit]

Main article: Ayam (people)

Ayam[4][5] are Kuwaiti citizens of Iranian origin, who migrated to Kuwait over the last couple of hundred years. Marafi Behbahani was one of the first merchants to settle in Kuwait in the 18th century.[6]

Most Ayam are Shia Muslims. However, some Kuwaitis of Iranian origin are Sunnis. The Kuwaitis of Iranian Balochi origin are predominantly Sunni Muslim.[7] Balochi families first immigrated to Kuwait in the 19th century.[8]

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