Kuwait is an Arab emirate at the northwestern end of the Persian Gulf. Formerly an autonomous district of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire, Kuwait became a British protectorate after World War I. The protectorate was terminated in 1961, and the country has been independent ever since except for an occupation by Iraq in 1990-91. (Iraq was ejected by Coalition forces in the First Gulf War.)
A note on nomenclature: the Persian Gulf (as it is usually known in the West) is called the Arabian Gulf in Arabia and the Gulf of Fars in Iran. The International Hydrographic Organization calls it the Gulf of Iran, and many commentators avoid all nomenclatural problems by calling it simply "The Gulf".
By whatever name, the Gulf is a major center of shipping today, but that was not true until well into the 20th century. As a result, only a few traditional lighthouses were ever built in the area.
Aids to navigation in Kuwaiti harbors are presumably maintained by the Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA), but several offshore navigational aids in the Gulf are maintained by the Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS), based in Bahrain.
The Arabic word for a lighthouse is mnarh or manara (منارة). Ra's is the word for a cape or headland, jazīrat is an island, and minā is a harbor.
ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume D of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 112.
Jazīrat Maskān Light Station, Kuwait Bay, 2008
Creative Commons photo copyright Kuwaiti-Slovak Archeological Mission
Umm al Maradim Light (tower on the right)
photo (no longer online) from the Center for Research and Studies on Kuwait
Notable faux lighthouses:
Adjoining pages: East: Southern Iran | South: Eastern Saudi Arabia
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Posted August 6, 2009. Checked and revised June 14, 2018. Lighthouses: 14. Site copyright 2018 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.