Within classes there are strong kinship bonds, which help maintain the social structure.
There are not any national political parties or leaders, yet several political groups act as de facto parties; these include the Bedouins, merchants, nationalists, Sunni and Shi'a activists, and secular leftists.
Family forms the basis of Kuwaiti society.
They fortified settlements in the area from where the name Kuwait was derived.
The economic, cultural, and political capital of Kuwait, Kuwait City sits on the shores of the Persian Gulf, and is a mixture of exclusive Western-style hotels, designer shopping malls, traditional Islamic architecture, street markets, and still war torn buildings.
Kuwaitis are increasingly a minority in their own country.