Kuwait

Kuwait is found at the northwest end of the Persian Gulf. It shares borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Kuwait's location is the basis of its economy, which relies totally on oil and foreign labour.

QUICK FACTS

Population: 2.6 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Kuwaiti (45%), other Arab (35%), South Asian (9%), Iranian (4%), other (7%)
Languages: Arabic (official), English widely spoken
Religions: Muslim (official) (85%) Sunni 70%, Shia 30%), other (includes Christian, Hindu, Parsi) (15%)

KUWAITIS IN TORONTO

Kuwaiti Population:
In Canada: 1,575
In the GTA: 275
In the City of Toronto: 160

Kuwait became independent in 1961. Its economy was able to recover from the Iraqi invasion and the Gulf War due to oil, which today accounts for 95% of Kuwait's export revenues. Sunni Islam is the state religion, but Kuwait is also home to Shia Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and people of other religions. Religious tolerance is relatively high (due to the fact that most of the workforce is made up of foreigners) but it is illegal to try to convert Muslims to a different religion. Kuwait is an Islamic state, so it is unsurprising that its religious holidays are Muslim ones. The Muslim New Year, the birthday of the prophet Muhammad, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha are all official religious holidays. Most businesses are closed on Friday, which is the Islamic day of rest.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Settlement.Org

Churches in the GTA

Life In Christ Ministry (LinC)
7255 Warden Avenue
Markham, ON
L3R 1B4
Phone: 416-222-7510

References: 

Central Intelligence Agency. (2014, June 20). The World Factbook: Kuwait. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ku.html

Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). Kuwait. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/economies/Asia-and-the-Pacific/Kuwait.html

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - Kuwait. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/overview-apercu-eng.

Kuwaitis. (2009). In T. L. Gall & J. Hobby (Eds.), Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2nd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 523-530). Detroit: Gale.
Retrieved July 15, 2014, from
http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do

Mandryk, J. (2010). Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (7th ed.). Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing.

Prayercast. (n.d.). Kuwait. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.prayercast.com/kuwait.html 

Statistics Canada. (2011, April 7). 2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations/Ethnic Origin, Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses and
Sex for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample
Data
. Retrieved July 15, 2014, from
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/