Kuwait is divided into six governorates, in each there are several areas (Arabic : مناطِق).
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. Areas are further subdivided into blocks, each of which is refereed by to a number. All blocks are divided into streets شوارع (singular شارع šāriʿ). However, some areas may be further subdivided into جادات Jaddāt (singular جادة Jadda), which might be translated to avenue or lane.
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.
The Capital Governorate (Arabic : العاصمة, romanized: al-ʿĀṣima Gulf Arabic : il-ʿĀṣma) comprises the core areas of Kuwait City and several offshore islands, among them Failaka Island.
|Official English||Arabic||Gulf Arabic Transliteration||Year Established||# of Blocks||Population (2011)||Notes|
|Abdulla Al-Salem||ضاحية عبد الله السالم||Ð̣āḥyat ʿAbdalla is-Sālim||1963||4||13,098||Often referred to simply as ið̣-Ð̣āḥya 'the suburb'.|
|Bnaid Al-Qar||بنيد القار||Bnēd il-Gār||2||13,171|
|Doha||الدوحة||id-Dōḥa||22,047||Not to be confused with the Qatari Capital|
|Doha Port||ميناء الدوحة||Mina id-Dōḥa||573|
|Failaka||فيلكا||Fēliča||147||A historic island. Its name comes from Greek φυλάκιο(ν) - fylakio(n) 'outpost'. Used to be inhabited until the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Birthplace of Fēliča (sub)dialect of Kuwaiti Arabic.|
|Ghornata||غرناطة||Ġirnāṭa||3||8,752||It was named after the city of Granada in Spain|
|Jaber Al-Ahmad City||مدينة جابر الأحمد||(Madīnat) Jābir il-Aḥmad||40,591|
|Mansūriya||المنصورية||il-Manṣūrīya||1965||2||5,589||Location of Al-Arabi SC, one of the oldest sports clubs in Kuwait.|
|Nahdha||النهضة||in-Nahð̣a||3||Formerly East Sulaibikhat|
|North West Sulaibikhat||شمال غرب الصليبيخات||Šamāl Ġarb li-Ṣlēbixāt||7,941||Temporary name|
|Shuwaikh Industrial Area||الشويخ الصناعية||li-Šwēx iṣ-Ṣināʿīya||2,518|
|Shuwaikh Port||ميناء الشويخ||Mina li-Šwēx||185|
|Umm an Namil Island||جزيرة ام النمل||(Jazīrat) Umm in-Namil||0|
|Total population (2011)||359,245|
|Bi'da||البدع||Coastal area with many business with sea view.|
|Hawally||حولي||128,549||Notable for its huge commercial activities and dozens of malls.|
|Jabriya||الجابرية||56,392||Home of multiple hospitals, including Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital, Hadi Hospital, and Royale Hayat Hospital, as well as many embassies, the Blood Bank of Kuwait and Health Sciences Campus of Kuwait University.|
|Maidan Hawalli||ميدان حولي|
|Mubarak Al-Jabir||مبارك الجابر|
|Rumaithiya||الرميثية||41,787||Has the largest number of Husainiyas in Kuwait.|
|Salmiya||السالمية||196,153||Big commercial activities and a lot of malls.|
|South Surra||جنوب السرة|
|Zahra||الزهراء||23,792||Has the biggest mall (360 Mall) in Kuwait.|
|Total population (2011)||672,910|
The Mubarak Al-Kabeer governorate (Arabic : مبارك الكبير, romanized: Mubārak al-Kabīr Gulf Arabic : Mbārak il-kabīir) is the governorate most recently established. It is named after Mubarak the Great.
|Abu Al Hasaniya||أبو الحصانية||1,682|
|Abu Futaira||أبو فطيرة||57|
|Mubarak Al-Kabeer||مبارك الكبير||48,196||Governorate seat.|
|Sabah Al-Salem||صباح السالم||83,437|
|South Wista||جنوب وسطي||51|
|Total population (2011)||258,813|
|Abu Halifa||أبو حليفة||29,870|
|Abdullah Port||ميناء عبد الله||24,415|
|Ali As-Salim||علي صباح السالم||42,173|
|Bar Al Ahmadi||بر الأحمدي||723||Desert area of Al Ahmadi.|
|Fahad Al-Ahmad||فهد الأحمد||17096|
|Jaber Al-Ali||جابر العلي||38,868|
|Jawaher Al Wafra||جواخير الوفرة||653|
|New Khairan City||مدينة الخيران الجديدة||2|
|New Wafra||الوفرة الجديدة||2,488|
|Sabah Al-Ahmad City||مدينة صباح الأحمد||1,235|
|Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City||مدينة صباح الأحمد البحرية|
|Shu'aiba (North & South)||الشعيبة||26|
|South Sabahiya||جنوب الصباحية||73|
|Total population (2011)||588,068|
|Abdullah Al-Mubarak||عبدالله المبارك||61,441||Also known as West Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh.|
|Airport District||منطقة المطار||29|
|Ardiya Herafiya||العارضية حرفية||42,173|
|Ardiya Industrial Area||العارضية المنطقة الصناعية||203|
|Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh||جليب الشيوخ||227,980|
|Rai||الري||1,054||Home to The Avenues (Kuwait), the world's second largest covered mall.|
|Sabah Al-Nasser||صباح الناصر||38,507|
|Sabaq Al Hajan||سباق الهجن||2,218||Camel racing area.|
|Total population (2011)||818,571|
|Al Nahda / East Sulaibikhat||النهضة / شرق الصليبخات||6,756|
|Bar Jahra||بر الجهراء||1,044||Desert area of Jahra.|
|Jahra Industrial Area||الجهراء المنطقة الصناعية||1,259|
|Saad Al Abdullah City||مدينة سعد العبدالله||65,394|
|South Doha / Qairawān||جنوب الدوحة / القيروان||15,200|
|Sulaibiya Agricultural Area||الصليبية المنطقة الزراعية||6,778|
|Total population (2011)||400,975|
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