The rise of the economy of Kuwait in the 18th century
Kuwait is a new developing country that has received its independence in the year 1961 from the British protectorate. It lies on the Arabian gulf in the middle east making it a neighbor to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab emirates which can be why a lot of people mistake them for being the same. However, Kuwaiti people have a strong sense of identity, which makes Kuwait a unique country in terms of customs and traditions. Moreover, Kuwait’s economic development has started way back in the 18th century.
The location of Kuwait played a very significant role in making it rise as an economic country in the 18th century. Therefore Kuwait was often used as a link between the east and the west, Spices and food were easily exported and imported from India through Kuwait to the western countries and vice versa from the west to the east. Moreover, the other factor that made Kuwait’s economy rise in the 18th century is “diving for pearls. As mentioned before, Kuwait lies on the Arabian Gulf, which gave it access to the sea and that’s what made Kuwaitis dive to collect pearls and sell them to others. Additionally it was considered the main source of income that the Kuwaiti’s depended on in the 18th century.
To conclude, Kuwait as a Gulf country has made use of its location very effectively to develop its economic state in the 18th century. Therefor Kuwait’s innovation still remains to this day making it one of the special and independent countries in the Middle East.
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Casey, Michael S., Frank W. Thackeray, and John E. Findling. The History of Kuwait. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2007