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  1. Kuwait Main Page
  2. Citizenry Benefits from Oil Wealth
  3. Iraq Invades Kuwait
  4. Women Win Suffrage in Kuwait
  5. Women Continue to Make Inroads
  6. Opposition Boycotts Parliamentary Elections
Citizenry Benefits from Oil Wealth

Oil was discovered in Kuwait in the 1930s, and proved to have 20% of the world's known oil resources. Since 1946 it has been the world's second-largest oil exporter. The sheik, who receives half of the profits, devotes most of them to the education, welfare, and modernization of his kingdom. In 1966, Sheik Sabah designated a relative, Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, as his successor. By 1968, the sheikdom had established a model welfare state, and it sought to establish dominance among the sheikdoms and emirates of the Persian Gulf.

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