Governorates of Kuwait

administrative division of Kuwait

The State of Kuwait is divided into 6 governorates (muhafazah). The governorates are then divided into areas. The governorates were first created in 1962, although several newer ones were created many years later.

Governorates of Kuwait
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LocationState of Kuwait Kuwait
Number6 Governorates (as of 27 November 1999)
PopulationsMubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate - 254,999 (lowest); Farwaniya Governorate - 1,169,312 (highest)
AreasHawalli Governorate - 85 km2 (33 sq mi) (smallest); Jahra Governorate - 12,750 km2 (4,920 sq mi) km² (largest)
GovernmentGovernment of Kuwait
SubdivisionsAreas of Kuwait


Governorate ISO 3166-2:KW Formation Population Area (km2) Notes
Ahmadi Governorate KW-AH 1962 959,009 5,120 It was named after Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 10th ruler of Kuwait.
Al-Asimah Governorate KW-KU 1962 568,567 175 It is the capital governorate. It houses most of Kuwait's financial and business centres such as the Kuwait Stock Exchange.
Farwaniya Governorate KW-FA 1988 1,169,312 204 It is the most populated governorate and is Kuwait's main residential area.
Hawalli Governorate KW-HA 1962 939,792 85 It is the smallest and most densely populated governorate.
Jahra Governorate KW-JA 1979 540,910 12,750 It is the largest governorate and contains the agricultural area.
Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate KW-MU 1999 254,999 104 The newest governorate of Kuwait, founded in 1999 and the least populated governorate in Kuwait.

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