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. The Arabic word for area, Mintaqah منطقة can mean both mean area and region.
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.