List of companies of Kuwait

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Location of Kuwait

Kuwait is a country in Western Asia. Situated in the northern edge of Eastern Arabia at the tip of the Persian Gulf, it shares borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. As of 2016, Kuwait has a population of 4.2 million people; 1.3 million are Kuwaitis and 2.9 million are expatriates.[1] Expatriates account for 70% of the population.[2]

Oil reserves were discovered in 1938. From 1946 to 1982, the country underwent large-scale modernization. In the 1980s, Kuwait experienced a period of geopolitical instability and an economic crisis following the stock market crash. In 1990, Kuwait was invaded by Iraq. The Iraqi occupation came to an end in 1991 after military intervention by coalition forces. At the end of the war, there were extensive efforts to revive the economy and rebuild national infrastructure.

Notable firms[edit]

This list includes notable companies with primary headquarters located in the country. The industry and sector follow the Industry Classification Benchmark taxonomy. Organizations which have ceased operations are included and noted as defunct.

     Active firms
     State-owned firms
     Defunct firms

Name Industry Sector Headquarters Founded Notes
Afco Aluminium Factory Industrials General industries  ? 2000 Aluminum Fabrication
Agility Logistics Industrials Industrial transportation Sulaibiya 1979 Transportation
Alghanim Industries Conglomerates - Kuwait City 1932 Media, consumer goods, industrials
Al-Mulla Group Conglomerates - Kuwait City 1938 Consumer goods, financials, industrials
Americana Group Consumer goods Food & Beverage Kuwait City 1964 Integrated food company
Boubyan Bank Financials Banks Kuwait City 2004 Islamic bank
Burgan Bank Financials Banks Kuwait City 1977 Bank, part of KIPCO
Central Bank of Kuwait Financials Banks Kuwait City 1969 Central bank
Cinescape Consumer services Media Kuwait City 1954 Cinema chain
Fast Telecommunications Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Kuwait City 2001 ISP
Gulf Bank of Kuwait Financials Banks Kuwait City 1960 Bank
Gulf Investment House Financials Financial services Kuwait City 1998 Financial Services
Gulfsat Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Kuwait City 1995 Satellite services, part of KIPCO
Industrial Bank of Kuwait Financials Banks Kuwait City 1973 Bank
Jazeera Airways Consumer services Travel & leisure Kuwait City 2004 Airline
KIPCO (Kuwait Projects Company) Industrials General industries Kuwait City 1975 Holding Company
Kuwait Airways Consumer services Travel & leisure Kuwait City 1953 Airline
Kuwait Finance House (KFH) Financials Banks Kuwait City 1977 Islamic bank
Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company Oil & gas Oil & gas producers Kuwait City 1981 Part of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
Kuwait National Petroleum Company Oil & gas Oil & gas producers Kuwait City 1960 Petrochemicals
Kuwait Oil Company Oil & gas Oil & gas producers Al Ahmadi 1934 Oil exploration, part of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
Kuwait Oxygen And Acetylene Company Basic materials Chemicals Kuwait City 1953
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation Oil & gas Oil & gas producers Shuwaikh Port 1980 Petroleum
Kuwait Petroleum International Oil & gas Oil & gas producers Kuwait City 1983
M. A. Kharafi & Sons Conglomerates - Kuwait City 1956 Industrials, financials, telecommunications
Maseelah Trading Company Consumer goods Personal goods Kuwait City 1972 Diversified consumer goods
National Bank of Kuwait Financials Banks Kuwait City 1952 Bank
NBK Capital Financials Financial services Kuwait City 2005 Financial Services
Qualitynet Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Kuwait City 1998 ISP
Safir Hotels & Resorts Consumer services Travel & leisure  ?  ? Hotels
The Sultan Center Consumer services Retail Kuwait City 1976 General retail and grocery
United Fisheries of Kuwait Consumer goods Food & beverage  ?  ? Fish and shrimp
United Networks Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Kuwait City 2005 ISP and Distribution
Zain Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Kuwait City 1983 Mobile provider

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Public Authority for Civil Information". Government of Kuwait. 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Kuwait steps up deportations of expat workers". The National. 29 April 2016.