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Famous people from Kuwait

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Queen Rania of Jordan

Noble person

Rania Al Abdullah is the Queen consort of Jordan.

Saud of Saudi Arabia

Monarch

Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was King of Saudi Arabia from 1953 to 1964.

Ramzi Yousef

Man

Ramzi Yousef was one of the main perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a co-conspirator in the Bojinka plot. In 1995, he was arrested at a guest house in Islamabad, Pakistan, by the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence and U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, then extradited to the United States. He was tried in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York along with two co-conspirators and was convicted of planning the Bojinka plot. Yousef stated: "Yes, I am a terrorist, and proud of it as long as it is against the U.S. government and against Israel, because you are more than terrorists; you are the one who invented terrorism and using it every day. You are butchers, liars and hypocrites." He was sentenced to two life sentences for his part in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and Bojinka plot. Yousef's maternal uncle is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, with whom he allegedly planned the Bojinka plot. Mohammed is a senior al-Qaeda member accused of being the principal architect of the September 11 attacks in 2001. Yousef is serving his life sentence at a Supermax prison located in Florence, Colorado. His life and actions are recounted in the true crime biography Before 9/11.

Yasser Al-Habib

Author

Yasser al-Habib is a Shia cleric from Kuwait. He was born in 1979 in Kuwait and migrated to England in December 2004. He was arrested in November 2003 and sentenced to one year's imprisonment by the Kuwaiti government on charges of cursing Abu Bakr, Umar and Aisha; in connection with an audiotape recording of a private closed lecture. In February 2004 he was released under an annual pardon announced by the Amir of Kuwait on the occasion of the country's National Day, but his rearrest was ordered a few days later. Sheikh al-Habib fled Kuwait before he was sentenced in absentia to 10 years' imprisonment. In September 2010 Sheikh Yasser al-Habib angered the Sunni Muslims by calling Prophet Muhammad's wife Aisha, "an enemy of God" which led Kuwait to revoke his citizenship accusing him of trying to stir up discord among Muslims. In October 2010 Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tried to calm tensions between Shias and Sunnis by issuing a fatwa against insulting the Prophet's companions and wives.

Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Monarch

Jaber III al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, GCB, GCMG of the al-Sabah dynasty, was the Emir and thirteenth Sheikh of Kuwait, serving from 31 December 1977 until his death on 15 January 2006. The third monarch to rule Kuwait since its independence from Britain, Jaber had previously served as Minister of Finance and Economy from 1961 until 1965, when he was appointed Prime Minister prior to becoming Kuwait's ruler. Jaber is most famous for having been monarch of Kuwait during the 1990 Iraqi invasion of his country, which led to the Gulf War in which his country was liberated by an international coalition acting under United Nations sanction, composed of troops from the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and France, together with forces from several Arab states.

Tareq Al-Suwaidan

Radio personality

Dr. Tareq Mohammed Al-Suwaidan is a Kuwaiti entrepreneur, author and speaker, and a leader of the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood. He is well known in the Middle East and in Muslim communities throughout the world for his management/strategic planning training, motivational speaking and television shows and appearances. According to Forbes magazine, Al-Suwaidan ranks second in annual net income among Islamic speakers in the Muslim world with an estimated net profit of $1 million in 2007. Al-Suwaidan was trained in the classical Islamic sciences in his youth and lived and studied in the United States, having received a B.S. in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Penn State University and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa.

Mishari Rashid

Imam

Sheikh Mishary bin Rashid Alafasy is a Kuwaiti national, a qari and a munshid.

Khairy Jamaluddin

Politician

Yang Berhormat Tuan Haji Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar is a Malaysian politician, and the son-in-law of former Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Since 2008, Khairy has been a member of the Malaysian Parliament representing the constituency of Rembau. He is also the Chairman of Barisan Nasional Youth, and the Head of the youth wing of the UMNO political party. At UMNO's grassroots level, he holds the post of Deputy Chairman in the Rembau division after winning uncontested in the 2013 party polls. He previously headed the UMNO branch in Gadong.

Nawal El Kuwaitia

Singer-songwriter

Nawal Thaher Al-Zaid is a Khaliji female singer, and music icon. She is known as Shaikhat Al Tarab and Qaitharat Al Khaleej.

Abdul Rahman Al-Sumait

Preacher

Dr. Abd Al-Rahman bin Hamood Al-Sumait was an Islamic scholar, medical practitioner and Humanitarian from Kuwait. He was famously known for his extensive philanthropic works in more than 29 African countries benefiting millions of people in several ways. He is also said to have inspired eleven million Africans to convert to Islam.

Diana Karazon

Singer

Diana Karazon is a Jordanian singer of Arabic pop, television host, and actress. She won Superstar, the Arabic version of Pop Idol, in 2003.

Bader Al-Mutawa

Footballer

Bader Ahmed Al-Mutawa is a Kuwaiti footballer who plays for Qadsia SC and the Kuwait national football team, where he usually operates as a second striker. He wears the jersey number 17 for both club and country.

Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah

Politician

Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah served as Prime Minister of Kuwait from 7 February 2006 until resigning on 28 November 2011.

Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah

Monarch

Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, KCMG was the Emir of Kuwait during a short reign of nine days, succeeding the late Sheikh Jaber.

Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah

Monarch

Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah GCMG, CIE, KStJ was the last Sheikh and first Emir of Kuwait from 29 January 1950 until his death, and the eldest son of Salem Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah. As the eleventh ruler of the al-Sabah dynasty in Kuwait, he took power after the death of his cousin Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He also ruled as regent upon the death of his father until the election of Sheikh Ahmad. Unlike his predecessors, he was more pro-Arab than pro-British. He effectively ended the British "protectorate" status of Kuwait by signing a treaty with the British on 19 June 1961. As a man he was known to be modest, of considerable intelligence and for having a keen interest in matters of the intellect. His reign coincided with turbulent times in the middle-east as well as the rest of the third world. He introduced the Constitution of Kuwait in 1962, followed by the parliament in 1963. He also declared himself as "Emir" and head of state.

Sanjeeda Sheikh

Actor

Sanjeeda Shaikh is an Indian television actress, who is best known for her role as Ayesha in the TV series Kayamath.

Souad Abdullah

Actor

Suad Abdullah Salem Al-Abdullah, is a Kuwaitii actress, began her career in 1964 as a child on stage with the artist Mohammed Nashmi and as a prelude programs, beginning representative play in 1964 with actress Hayat Al Fahad and Mary Good and Mary Ghadban, emerged in the late 1960s in many and television and theater, she married in 1966 the director Faisal Dahi and her sons, two boys and one girl were Faisal, Aallih, Talal, is now

Musallam Al-Barrak

Politician

Musallam Al-Barrak was a member of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, representing the fourth district. Born in January 30, 1956, Al-Barrak studied Arab literature and worked in the Municipal Council before being elected to the National Assembly in 1996. While political parties are technically illegal in Kuwait, Al-Barrak affiliates with the Popular Action Bloc. As of 2012, Al-Barrak had been elected for six consecutive terms, making him the longest-serving member of parliament. In the February 2012 parliamentary election, Al-Barrak set a national record for the most votes received. In 2011 and 2012, Al-Barrak played a leading role in popular protests calling for political reform. In April 2012, he was stripped of his parliamentary immunity by the National Assembly for participating in the storming of the parliament building by protesters. In October 2012, Al-Barrak made a speech in which he broke with Kuwaiti precedent by criticizing the Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah directly. He was arrested on 29 October for "undermining the status of the emir" and released on bail four days later. On 15 April, he was sentenced to five years in prison.

Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti

Man

Sheikh Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, also known as Shaykh Abu Ahmed, Arshad Khan and Mohammed Arshad, was a Kuwait-born Pakistani al-Qaeda member and courier for Osama bin Laden. According to secret documents, al-Kuwaiti was one of the few men Osama bin Laden completely trusted and was said to be his "favorite courier and right-hand man". He sheltered and lived with Osama bin Laden for a number of years and was killed with him by a U.S. Navy SEAL team in May 2011.

Khalid El-Masri

Man

Khalid El-Masri is a German citizen who was mistakenly abducted by the Macedonian police, and handed-over to the U.S. CIA. While in CIA custody, he was flown to Afghanistan, where he was held in a black site, interrogated, beaten, strip-searched, sodomized, and subjected to other inhuman and degrading treatment, which at times escalated to torture. After El-Masri held hunger strikes, and was detained for four months in the "Salt Pit", the CIA finally admitted his arrest and torture were a mistake and released him. He is believed to be among an estimated 3,000 detainees whom the CIA has abducted from 2001-2005. In May 2004 the US Ambassador to Germany discussed the case with the German interior minister, asking him not to press charges or to reveal the program. El-Masri filed suit against the CIA for his arrest, extraordinary rendition and torture. In 2006, his suit El Masri v. Tenet, in which he was represented by the ACLU, was dismissed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, based on the US government's claiming the privilege of state secrets. The ACLU said the Bush administration attempted to shield its abuses by invoking this privilege. The case was also dismissed by the Appeals Court for the Fourth Circuit, and in December 2007, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

Feisal Abdul Rauf

Imam

Feisal Abdul Rauf is an American Sufi imam, author, and activist whose stated goal is to improve relations between the Muslim world and the West. From 1983 to 2009, he served as Imam of Masjid al-Farah, a mosque in New York City. He has written three books on Islam and its place in contemporary Western society, including What's Right with Islam Is What's Right with America, and founded two non-profit organizations whose stated missions are to enhance the discourse on Islam in society. He has condemned the 9/11 attacks as un-Islamic and called on the U.S. government to reduce the threat of terrorism by altering its Middle Eastern foreign policy. Author Karen Armstrong, among others, has praised him for his attempts to build bridges between the West and the Muslim world. In 2010, Sufi Imam Rauf received national attention for his plans to build Park51, a Sufi Islamic Community Center, two blocks from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan.

Mubarak Al-Sabah

Monarch

Mubarak bin Sabah Al-Sabah, KCSI, KCIE "the Great" was the ruler of Kuwait from May 18, 1896 until his death on November 28, 1915. Mubarak ascended the throne upon the controversial death of his half-brother, Muhammad Al-Sabah. Mubarak was the seventh ruler of the Al-Sabah dynasty. Mubarak was also the father of two rulers of Kuwait that succeeded him, Jaber and Salim, from which the Al-Jaber and Al-Salim in the Al-Sabah family branches originated from respectively. Sheikh Mubarak signed the Anglo-Kuwaiti Treaty with Great Britain on November 23, 1899, pledging himself and his successors not to receive foreign agents or representatives or to cede or sell territory without the approval of the British government, with this agreement, and the guarantee it represented in Kuwait and the Al-Sabah family, he is regarded as the founder of modern day Kuwait.

A. H. Almaas

Philosopher

A.H. Almaas is the pen name of A. Hameed Ali, an author and spiritual teacher who writes about and teaches a mystical approach informed by modern psychology and therapy which he calls the Diamond Approach. Almaas is originally from Kuwait. He is the spiritual head of the Ridhwan School. Depending on one's perspective, he might be termed, among other things, an Integral theorist, mystic, spiritual teacher or an exponent of the perennial philosophy. Almaas' books were originally published by the Ridhwan School, under the Diamond Books publishing title, but are now published by Shambhala. The Diamond Approach is a contemporary spiritual path integrating the teachings and practices of the ancient wisdom traditions with modern depth psychology. The Diamond Approach is derived from the experiences of Almaas, along with Karen Johnson and Faisal Muqaddam. They were among the first students of Claudio Naranjo, an early pioneer of the integration of spiritual and therapeutic work. The curriculum of the work draws upon the founders' backgrounds in Sufism, Platonism, Buddhism and the Fourth Way. Teachers of the Diamond Approach focus on the students' specific perception of their own immediate work issues. Presentation of a canonical body of knowledge and practice is introduced over time as required.

Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

Politician

Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah is a member of the Kuwaiti ruling family and prime minister.

Tarek Al Eryan

Film Director

Tarek Alarian is a Palestinian-American film director living in Egypt. He is also credited as Tarek El'eryan and Tarek Eryan.

Upeksha Swarnamali

Politician

Upeksha Swarnamali, MP is a Sri Lankan politician, model and television actress. A current member of the Sri Lankan parliament, she gain popularity for her role on the television series PABA broadcast on ITN.

Fahad Al Enezi

Soccer Midfielder

Fahad Alenazi is a Kuwaiti footballer who is a Winger for the Kuwaiti Premier League club Kuwait SC.

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith

Man

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is a Kuwaiti Islamist regarded as one of Al-Qaeda's official spokesmen. He is married to one of Osama bin Laden's daughters.

Bashar Abdullah

Football player

Bashar Abdullah is a former Kuwaiti footballer. He was a part of the mini revival of Kuwaiti football between 1996 and 1998. His part included winning two Gulf Cups, reaching the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup and coming second in the Arab Cup and Asian Olympics. He was also in the Olympic team that reached the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He also helped his club Al-Salmiyah win the league three times and Emir Cup once.

Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah

Monarch

Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, KCMG Emir of Kuwait from 1965 to 1977, and youngest son of Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah. Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah succeeded his half-brother Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah upon his death on November 24, 1965. He was the 12th ruler of the Al-Sabah dynasty of Kuwait, and the second bearing the title of "Emir". He died from cancer on December 31, 1977. Prior to his ascension, he served as the president of the police department from 1953 to 1959, President of the public health department from 1959 to 1961, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1962 to 1963, and Prime Minister from 1963 to 1965. He was appointed as Crown Prince on October 29, 1962.

Abdullah Altararwah

Actor

Abdullah Altararwah, a Kuwaiti actor and the son of Altararwah. Began his career at the age of 2000 in radio b Ministry of Information in Kuwait before moving into acting. Portraying in the series Dar Time writer glow, artist Suad Abdullah with the participation of artists Mary Good and Souad Ali and Ibrahim Sallal and the late artist the useful. Started his first cinematic experience in 2008 the body of the character of Salim bin Gbecp In the film Arabian Sands from the radio to the theater qualitative in 2001 where he participated in many theatrical works presented within the Festival MA Kharafi for creativity Theatre, including the drama Uni-Globe and Builders Nokhitha began to first experience b output Theatre in 2008 theatrical children Jumana and the gang which was written by the artist Mohammed Abdul Quddus.

Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi

Physician

Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi was a Jordanian doctor and a double agent suicide bomber loyal to Islamist extremists who carried out the Camp Chapman attack, a suicide attack against a CIA base near Khost, Afghanistan on 30 December 2009.

Jyotsna Radhakrishnan

Singer

Jyotsna Radhakrishnan is a playback singer in Malayalam cinema. She is based in Thrissur, Kerala.

Nasser Al-Kharafi

Businessperson

Nasser Al-Kharafi was a Kuwaiti businessman of M.A. Kharafi & Sons.

Tony Mokbel

Man

Antonios Sajih 'Tony' Mokbel is an Australian from Melbourne, Australia, who was a fugitive until his recapture in Athens, Greece on 5 June 2007. He is of Lebanese descent and born in Kuwait. Operation Purana allege that he is the mastermind behind the Melbourne amphetamines trade. He has been linked to Carl Williams, as well as the killing of several victims of the Melbourne gangland war. He disappeared from Melbourne while on trial in March 2006, and was arrested by Greek police in Athens, Greece on 5 June 2007. Prior to his arrest, there was a $1 million bounty for information leading to his capture. According to Victoria Police, this reward still stands for the person who tipped off the police on his whereabouts. In the drama series Underbelly Tony Mokbel is played by actor Robert Mammone. He is set to reprise the role in an upcoming sequel that will focus on Mokbel, Underbelly: Fat Tony & Co..

Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Politician

Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of Kuwait is the half-brother of the current emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He was nominated to the position of Crown Prince on 7 February 2006 against the tradition of the Al-Sabah family in which the Emir and the Crown Prince alternates between the Al-Ahmad and Al-Salem branches.

Abdulaziz Al-Babtain

Man

AbdulAziz Saud Al-Babtain Born in Kuwait in 1936 - He is a poet and one of the most prominent businessmen in Kuwait. His commercial and industrial activities span Europe, the United States, China and the Middle East. He also has various investments in a number of Arab countries. - He published his first poetry diwan "Intimations of the Desert" in 1995. - He published his second poetry diwan "Wastefarer” in 2004. - He is a member of the Kuwait National Committee for Educational Support. - A member of the Kuwait Writers Association. - A member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Cultural Forum in Beirut. - A member of the Fez Saiss Cultural Association in Morocco. - A corresponding member of the Arabic Language Academy in Damascus. - A member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Thought Foundation, and one of its founders. - A member of the Board of Trustees of the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain. - A member of the Board of Trustees of the College of Arts at Kuwait University

Odai Al-Saify

Soccer Forward

Odai Yusuf Ismaeel Al-Saify is a Jordanian footballer of Palestinian origin. He currently plays as a winger and a striker for Al-Salmiya SC of Kuwait and the Jordan national football team. Odai is married and has two children; a daughter named Alma and a son named Zaid.

Waleed Ali

Soccer Midfielder

Waleed Ali is a Kuwaiti footballer who is a midfielder for the Kuwaiti Premier League club Al Kuwait He is the best friend of Abdulaziz Al Shaya. He previously play for Iran Pro League club Esteghlal. He formerly plays for Khaitan and Al Kuwait. Waleed's most valuable goal came in the 2010 Gulf Cup of Nations Final against Saudi Arabia. The match ended 1-0 for Kuwait, this meant Kuwait won the 10th title in the Gulf Cup of Nations. Waleed Played two times in the Asian Cup, first in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup and then in 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

Nischal

Actor

Nishal Chandra is a Malayalam actor, known during his childhood acting career simply as "Nischal".

Khaled Abou El Fadl

Law professor

Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches International Human Rights, Islamic jurisprudence, National Security Law, Law and Terrorism, Islam and Human Rights, Political Asylum, and Political Crimes and Legal Systems. He is also the Chair of the Islamic Studies Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Nour AlGhandour

Actor

Eloise Mignon

Actor

Eloise Mignon is an Australian actress.

Helen Upperton

Bobsleigher

Helen Lesley Upperton is a Canadian bobsledder who has competed since 2000. Upperton was born in Ahmadi, Kuwait as her parents involvement in the oil industry meant they traveled abroad. She holds dual citizenship of both Great Britain and Canada. Upperton won the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics after previously finishing fourth in the two-woman event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She went to high school at Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School Upperton also competed in the FIBT World Championships, earning her best finish of fourth in the two-woman event at Altenberg in 2008. Her best overall Bobsleigh World Cup finish was second in the two-woman event in the 2005-06 season. A former triple jumper at the University of Texas at Austin, Upperton moved to bobsleigh in 2002. In the 2005-06 season she won four medals on the World cup including a gold at an event in St. Moritz, Switzerland. She won a silver medal in the Two-woman competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics with Shelley-Ann Brown. The gold medal was won by fellow Canadians Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse. It marked the first time of the 2010 Olympics that Canadians had won two medals in one event.

Hamad Al Tayyar

Football player

Hamad Al Tayyar is a Kuwaiti footballer.

Arwa

Arab Artist

Arwa, born Iman Salem Ba'amiran on July 27, 1976 in Kuwait, is a female Yemeni singer and television host. At the age of ten, her family moved to Cairo where she later received her education at Cairo University studying engineering. She began her singing career in 1999 and has released four albums. In 2009, Arwa became host for an entertainment television show called Akher Man Ya'lam. The first episode was aired on September 27, 2009 on MBC 1. In 2010, she received a Golden Award for her television show at the “Khalij” radio and television festival.

Aziz Mashaan

Soccer Midfielder

Abdulaziz Ahmad Al Masha'an Al Enezi is a Kuwaiti footballer who plays as a midfielder for 1. FK Příbram.

Fehaid Al Deehani

Olympic Shooting Sport Athlete

Fehaid Al-Deehani is a Kuwaiti professional target shooter. He won a bronze medal for the men's double trap shooting event at the 2000 Summer Olympics, and won another bronze for the men's Olympic trap shooting event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. These medals are the only medals ever won by Kuwait.

Mohammed Amer

Comedian

Mohammed Amer is a Kuwaiti-born American stand-up comedian and writer of Palestinian descent. He is best known as one third of comedy trio Allah Made Me Funny.

Khaled Selim

Musical Artist

Khaled Selim is an Egyptian singer of Palestinian descent.

Omar Jarun

Soccer Defender

Omar Jarun is a Palestinian international footballer, who currently plays for Charleroi in the Belgian First Division.

Yousef Nasser

Footballer

Yousef Nasser is a Kuwaiti footballer who is a forward for the Kuwaiti Premier League club Kazma.

Faisal Al-Dakhil

Soccer

Faisal Al-Dakhil, also spelled Al-Dakheel is a prominent Kuwaiti footballer. He is well known because of his famous goal against Czechoslovakia in the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. Al-Dakhil was also among the Kuwaiti players who won the 1980 Asian Cup. He played for Kuwait at the 1980 Summer Olympics. Al-Dakhil is nicknamed as "the king", or "الملك" Al-Dakhil played with Al-Qadsiya Club

Adel Lami

Soccer Midfielder

Adel Lami Khalid Mohamed is a Qatari footballer who is a midfielder for Lekhwiya.

Jamal Mubarak

Soccer Defender

Jamal Mubarak Abdul-Rahman is a Kuwaiti football player. He won 108 caps for the Kuwaiti national team.

Musaed Neda

Footballer

Musaed Neda is a Kuwaiti football player. He currently plays for Al Qadisiya. Neda scored the first goals of a free directly in the final match against Kuwait Club. He scored three goals from direct free kicks in a game Qadisiya 3 v.s Kuwait 0. Neda scored three goals, 2 goals from direct free kicks and 1 penalty kick, in a game qadsia v.s Umm-Salal Sports Club Gulf Cup.

Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah

Politician

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah is a Kuwaiti politician and current president of Olympic Council of Asia and also a member of the International Olympic Committee. Al-Sabah was educated at Kuwait University and the Kuwait Military Academy, and attained the rank of major in the Kuwaiti Army. He has worked in the fields of oil, engineering, water and electricity, and communication and construction.

Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah

Politician

Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah is the former deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Kuwait.

Nawaf Al Khaldi

Footballer

Nawaf Khaled Al Khaldi is a Kuwaiti footballer who plays for Al-Qadsia. Al Khaldi has made several appearances for the Kuwait national football team, including three qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Khaled Al-Rashidi

Soccer Goalkeeper

Khaled Al-Rashidi is a Kuwaiti footballer who plays for Nottingham Forest.

Adam Marjan

Football player

Adam Ahmed Marjan is a Kuwaiti football goalkeeper who played for Kuwait in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. He also played for Kazma Sporting Club.

Jasem Al Huwaidi

Football player

Jasem Mohammed Ibrahim Al Huwaidi is a retired Kuwaiti footballer. He was part of the Kuwaiti national football team that came 24th in the FIFA ranking. He got a silver medal in the Asian Games, won two Gulf Cups and came third in the Arab Cup. Al Houwaidi was the world's top scorer award in 1998. He competed for Kuwait at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

Ahmad Ajab

Soccer Forward

Ahmad Ajab is a Kuwaiti footballer. After starting playing for Al-Sahel he moved to Al-Qadisia in July 2007.

Shan Masood

Cricket Player

Shan Masood Khan born 14 October 1989 in Kuwait City, Kuwaitis a Kuwati born Pakistani cricketer. He plays for Habib Bank Limited. He is a left hand batsman by trade and occasionally bowls right arm medium-fast. He also played for Durham University.

Wesam Rizik

Soccer Midfielder

Wesam Rizik is a Qatari footballer who is a midfielder for El Jaish. He has Palestinian roots.

Mohammed Al-Sager

Man

Mohammed Jassem Al-Sager is an award-winning journalist, former member of the National Assembly of Kuwait, and former chairman of the Arab Parliament.

Tanvir Ahmed

Cricket Bowler

Tanvir Ahmed is a Pakistani test cricketer born in Kuwait. He hails from a Baloch family in Quetta, Balochistan. Ahmed is mainly a fast-bowler. He played for Pakistan in a first-class match against Worcestershire in the tour of England in 2010 He was later chosen to play in the second test in Pakistan's 2010 home series against South Africa in the UAE in which he took six wickets during the first innings.

Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda

Man

Fouzi Khalid Abdullah al Awda is a Kuwaiti citizen held in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba. He has been detained without charge in Guantanamo Bay since 2002. He is a plaintiff in the ongoing case, Al Odah v. United States, which challenges his detention, along with that of fellow detainees. The case is widely acknowledged to be one of the most significant to be heard by the Supreme Court in the current term. The US Department of Defense reports that he was born in 1977, in Kuwait City, Kuwait. U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's ruling on Al Odah's habeas corpus petition was published on September 1, 2009. She denied his habeas corpus petition based on the assumption that it was more likely than not that Awda was a foot soldier fighting in Afghanistan against US troops. Fouzi Khalid Abdullah al Awda arrived at the Guantanamo detention camps on February 28, 2002, and has been held there for 11 years, 6 months, and 5 days.

Fahad Al Rashidi

Soccer Forward

Fahad Al-Rashidi is a Kuwaiti football player. He currently plays for Kuwaiti Premier League side Al Arabi.

Hussain Al-Moussawi

Footballer

Hussain Al-Moussawi is a Kuwaiti footballer who plays in Attack for his club Al-Arabi and the Kuwait. He played for Al-Arabi in the 2007 AFC Champions League group stage.

Hussain Al-Qallaf Al-Bahrani

Man

Hussain Ali Alsayyid Khalifa Hussain Al Qallaf Al Bahrani, known as "Hussain Al Qallaf" is a member of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, representing the first district. Born in 1958, Al-Qallaf studied Sharia law before being elected to the National Assembly in 1996. While political parties are technically illegal in Kuwait, Al-Qallaf affiliates with the Shia deputies. ==Views=!

Ahmad Meshari Al-Adwani

Author

Ahmad Meshari Al-Adwani was a poet and teacher who wrote the lyrics of the national anthem of Kuwait, Al-Nasheed Al-Watani. In 1938, he graduated from the "al-Mubarakiyah" Secondary School, Kuwait. In 1939 he travelled to Cairo, Egypt, and was admitted into the College of Arabic Language Studies at the Al-Azhar University. In 1949 he graduated from the Al-Azhar University, with the title of "Sheikh". In 1950 Al-Adwani established the monthly magazine Al-Be'thah in Cairo, with his lifelong friend and companion, Dr. Abdulaziz Hussein. Due to lack of funding, however, the magazine was stopped after only three issues. In 1952 he helped establish the "Al-Ra'ed" magazine, published by the Kuwait Teachers Club. He went on to form many other magazines throughout his life. Al-Adwani worked with many people; among them was his friend, Dr. Abdulaziz Hussein, who was at that time the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, as well as the President of the Kuwait National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters, to work on designing, founding and implementing various cultural and social programs that would later prove to transform Kuwait from a simple oil-producing sheikhdom in the middle of nowhere into a beacon of social, artistic and educational knowledge in the Arab World. Among these programs was the establishment of Fine Arts Gallery, the Department of Arabian culture and the Department of Musical Culture. He died in 1990 at 67, leaving a home library of literary gold and a stockpile of unpublished, unedited scripts and poems.

Omar al-Faruq

Man

Omar al-Faruq was a Kuwaiti of Iraqi descent, and a senior al-Qaeda member. He was a liaison between al-Qaeda and Islamic terrorists in the Far East, particularly Jemaah Islamiyah. He was captured in Bogor, Indonesia in 2002 by an Indonesian security agent who handed him over to the United States. Al-Faruq's capture was based on information derived from the capture of Abu Zubaydah. Al-Faruq in turn revealed information about a plot to bomb embassies in Southeast Asia, giving rise to the "yellow alert" of 10 September 2002. In July 2005, al-Faruq escaped from Bagram prison with three other al Qaeda suspects. The U.S. did not acknowledge his escape until November when they were unable to produce him as a witness called by defense attorney Michael Waddington, in the trial of a U.S. sergeant, Alan Driver, accused of abuse at the prison. On September 25, 2006, Al-Faruq was killed by British troops operating in the Iraqi city of Basra. The operations took place in pre-dawn hours and involved over 200 soldiers. There were no British casualties. Former Indonesian state intelligence Coordinating Board chief A. C. Manulang in a September 2002 interview with Indonesian TEMPO magazine alleged that Al-Faruq was a CIA agent assigned to infiltrate Islamic radical groups and recruit local agents within these groups. Manulang concluded this based on analysis of the pattern used by Al-Faruq of having a Kuwaiti citizenship but holding a Pakistani passport, entering Indonesia as a refugee and marrying an Indonesian woman.

Salwa Al-Mutairi

Politician

Abdullah Wabran

Man

Abdullah Wabran Saihan is a former Kuwaiti footballers, he played for Kuwait national football team. He participated in two editions of the Olympic Games and in two editions of the AFC Asian Cup.

Kazem Behbehani

Academic

Kazem Behbehani is a Kuwaiti immunologist and retired professor. He has done research on tropical diseases before he became International Health Advocat at WHO.

Adel al Zamel

Man

Adel al Zamel is a citizen of Kuwait who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba. Joint Task Force Guantanamo counter-terrorism analysts report that Al Zamel was born on August 23, 1963, in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Al Zamel was captured in Pakistan in February 2002 and he was transferred to Kuwait on November 2, 2005.

Ibrahim Majid

Soccer Defender

Ibrahim Majid Abdulmajid is a Kuwaiti-born Qatari footballer of Palestinian descent. He currently plays as a central defender for Al Sadd.

Nasser Al Hajri

Football player

Nasser Al Hajri is a Kuwaiti footballer.He Currently play for Al Salibikhaet.

Kuwaiti detainees at Guantanamo Bay

Man

There were initially twelve Kuwaiti detainees in Guantanamo. As of January 12, 2008 four Kuwaitis remained in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba. A total of 778 detainees have been held in extrajudicial detention in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba since the camps opened on January 11, 2002 The camp population peaked in 2004 at approximately 660. Only nineteen new detainees, all "high value detainees" have been transferred there since the United States Supreme Court's ruling in Rasul v. Bush. As of March 2013, 166 detainees remain at Guantanamo. The Associated Press reported that Rola Dashti, a member of a human rights delegation which met with Bush in Jerusalem, said Bush said two of the remaining four Kuwaitis would face charges before Guantanamo military commissions. According to Dashti: He said two will be charged and he will work toward releasing the other two if there aren't any accusations against them. According to Khaled al-Odah, one of the remaining men's father, the remaining men are: Fawzi al Odah, Fouad al Rabia, Khaled al Mutairi, and Faiz al Kandari. On March 30, 2008 Arab Times reports that the USA has agreed to return two of the remaining four detainees. Kuwaiti security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the remaining two detainees were expected to be charged before Guantanamo military commissions. http://www.arabtimesonline.com/client/pagesdetails.asp?nid=15930&ccid=9

Jasem Bahman

Football player

Jasem Bahman is a Kuwaiti football goalkeeper who played for Kuwait in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. He also played for Qadsia SC.

Massouma al-Mubarak

Woman

Massouma al-Mubarak is Kuwait's first female government minister, sworn in on 20 June 2005. Massouma al-Mubarak was educated in the United States and is a professor of political science.

Dana Halabi

Arab Artist

Dana Halabi is a former Lebanese singer.

Abdallah Saleh Ali Al Ajmi

Man

Abdallah Saleh Ali Al Ajmi was a Kuwaiti citizen, who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba. His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 220. Joint Task Force Guantanamo counter-terrorism analysts reports indicated that he was born on 2 August 1978, in Almadi, Kuwait. On 2 September 2003, attorneys Thomas Wilner, Neil H. Koslowe, Kristine A. Huskey, and Heather Lamberg Kafele filed a Petition for writ of Certiorari on behalf of Al Ajmi and eleven other Guantanamo detainees. In March or April 2008, Al Ajmi conducted a suicide attack in Iraq.

Hussain Fadel

Footballer

Hussain Fadel is a Kuwaiti footballer who plays for Al Qadisiya. He played for Al Qadisiya in the 2008 AFC Champions League group stages. He has made several appearances for the Kuwait national football team, including four qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah

Man

Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah was an Arab ruler in the Persian Gulf and was described by his contemporary, the English traveller and author, James Silk Buckingham, as ‘the most successful and the most generally tolerated pirate, perhaps, that ever infest any sea.’ As a pirate his reputation was for being ruthless and fearless, and he wore an eye-patch after he lost an eye in battle. He is described by the former British adviser and historian, Charles Belgrave, as 'one of the most vivid characters the Persian Gulf has produced, a daring freebooter without fear or mercy'. He was born in Qurain and began life as a horse dealer; he used the money he saved to buy his first ship and with ten companions began a career of buccaneering. So successful was he that he soon acquired a new craft: a 300-ton boat, manned by 350 men. He would later have as many as 2000 followers, many of them black slaves. At one point his flagship was the 'Al-Manowar'. Rahmah's alliances with regional powers tended to be on the basis of shared opposition to the Al-Khalifa: he formed an alliance with the first Saudi dynasty when it conquered Bahrain, and he founded the fort of Dammam in 1809. But after the Saudis’ expulsion, in 1816 he allied himself with the rulers of Muscat in their failed invasion of Bahrain, and turned away from the Saudis, angering them. The Saudis then destroyed the fort of Dammam, causing him to move to Khor Hasan in Qatar.

Fayeq Abdul-Jaleel

Poet

Fayeq Mohammed Al-Ayadhi, better known by his pen name Fayeq Abdul-Jaleel, was a prominent Kuwaiti poet, playwright and lyricist whose work was well known throughout the Arab world. He was captured by Iraqi forces during the invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and he was the best known of more than 600 Kuwaiti civilians who were held as prisoners of war by Saddam Hussein's government. He was never seen by his family or friends again until his remains were unearthed in the Iraqi desert in 2004. The timing and manner of his death is a matter of some enduring mystery.

Fayez Bandar

Football player

Fayez Bandar is a Kuwaiti footballer playing currently for Al Qadisiya Kuwait and Kuwait national football team. He scored a fluke goal against Australia in a 2-2 draw.

Yaser Birjas

Man

Yaser Birjas is a Muslim lecturer and teacher who is based in the United States. He has authored many articles on various aspects of Islam, especially Muslim marriage in the West and Islamic jurisprudence. His seminars on the topic of love and marriage in Islam are extremely popular in North America. This includes one of his famous lectures called "The Fiqh of love", which can be found in CD format.

Jarah Al Ateeqi

Soccer Midfielder

Jarah Al Ateeqi is a Kuwaiti footballer who is a midfielder for the Kuwaiti Premier League club Al Kuwait.

Yaqoub Al Taher

Footballer

Yaqoub Al Taher is a Kuwaiti footballer who is a defender for the Kuwaiti Premier League club Al Kuwait.

Hamad Al Enezi

Footballer

Hamad Naif Al Enezi is a Kuwaiti footballer who is a Forward for the Kuwaiti Premier League club Al Qadsia.

Hamad Aman

Soccer Midfielder

Hamad Rashid Abdulkarim Aman is a Kuwaiti footballer currently playing with Kuwaiti club, Al Qadsia. He formerly played for the u-19 team in Kuwait, but recently began to play for the national team.

Saleh Al Sheikh

Soccer Midfielder

Saleh Al Sheikh Al Hendi is a Kuwaiti footballer who is a Midfielder for the Kuwaiti Premier League club Al Qadsia.

Tara Macken

Actor

Tara Macken is an actress.