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Public Transportation in Kuwait

Kuwait has an extensive, modern and well-maintained network of roads. Roadways , which are extended for more than 5,500 km, out of which 4,887 km is paved. In the year 2000, there were some 552,400 passenger cars, and 167,800 commercial taxis, trucks, and buses in use. On major highways the maximum limit of the speed is kept 120 km/h. Since there is no railway system in the country, most of the people travel by automobiles.


Kuwait has speed cameras in all highways and main roads and traffic lights, which captures the cars that cross the limit speed or cross a red light. The Kuwaiti government have spent large sums of money on these speed cameras in cooperation with the traffic Police.


ROAD TRANSPORT:


Bus Service:


Bus services are provided by private company Citybus and state-owned Kuwait Public Transportation Corporation. The Kuwait Transport Company (KPTC) has a monopoly on public bus services. KPTC has over 30 routes in operation and coverage of the Metropolitan Area is comprehensive.  Route maps are available from the KPTC terminal in Murgab. KPTC also operates international bus services to several cities in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Special Umrah tours (to Mecca) are also offered by KPTC.


Kuwait Public Transport Company services covers almost all the Kuwaiti regions and suburbs. The public transport fleet is distinguished by its punctual times. The system used in the company is flexible for prices, so discounts up to 50% on the subscription system are presented. The number of buses in Kuwait Public Transport Company fleet is more than 400 buses and all are in service. The number of bus drivers in the company is around 1050, whose main aim is to drive the passengers safely, quickly and skillfully. A team of highly skilled professional experts is responsible for the fleet maintenance periodically.


Citybus, a private company was established, for making transport services available all time. Citybus Company aims at presenting the highest level of transportation services. Hence, it is providing safe transportation means to the travelers. The company has developed a highly advanced network of transport in Kuwait stretching over the country. The buses deployed are modern, air-conditioned and equipped with entertainment facilities which ensure the passengers' enjoyment while travelling. All buses are connected through a wireless tracking and communication systems. Hence, the Company’s main office follow-ups the buses anywhere and ensures the safety of passengers all time.


Taxis:


There are several types of taxis: call taxis, orange cabs, and wanettes. Call taxis are radio controlled 24-hour cabs which are booked by telephoning the company's office.


AIR SERVICES:


There is only one civil airport in Kuwait. Kuwait International Airport serves as the principal hub for international air travel. State-owned Kuwait Airways is the largest airline in the country. In 2001, the airline carried 2,084,600 passengers on domestic and international flights. In 2004, the first private airline of Kuwait, Jazeera Airways, was launched.


Kuwait International Airport is in Farwaniyah, about 16.5km from the centre of Kuwait City. Operated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, it is considered one of the safest airports in the world.


Passenger facilities reach international standards and include automatic baggage handling, TV monitors for flight information, a bank, post office, restaurant and buffets, hotel reservations and airline ticketing, shops, a mosque, a transit zone with duty free area, as well as an express courier centre and transit hotel.


SEA PORTS:


Kuwait has one of the largest shipping industries in the Persian Gulf region. The Kuwait Ports Public Authority manages and operates ports across Kuwait. The country’s principal commercial seaports are Shuwaikh and Shuaiba which handles the cargo services. Mina Al-Ahmadi, the largest port in the country, handles most of Kuwait's oil exports. Construction of another major port located in Bubiyan island started in 2005.

Kuwait Informations

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