Study Site: Kuwait City, Kuwait
InstitutionDasman Diabetes Institute
Principal Investigator: Hala Alessa

Kuwait at a Glance

Area: 17,818 sq km
Population: 2,742,711
Median age: total 28.9 years
Urban population: 98.3% of total population (2011)
Life expectancy: male: 76.37 yr ; female: 78.96 yr
Diabetes prevalence: 424,000 cases, 17.9% (national prevalence)
Per capita GDP: $ 42,100
Language:  Arabic (official), English widely spoken

Kuwait food is very rich in its flavor and taste. It is a mixture of the traditional variety and the immigrant culinary delights.

Tabeekh is a famous cooking method that is used for preparing many Kuwaiti Cuisines. In this method, the entire feast is cooked over heat after being placed in a single container. This method is used by the households in Kuwait. Another Kuwaiti cooking method is known as Marag, in which all the important ingredients are first fried and prepared and are then added to the final meal and are cooked over light heat.

Chicken Mechbous is one of the popular Kuwait recipes, which can be easily prepared and is very delicious. To prepare this, first the chicken pieces are to be boiled. While boiling the pieces, cloves, pepper, cardamom and cinnamon are to be added in the water. Remove the pieces along with the soup prepared. Then cook fine rice in this soup and add salt to taste and prepare an onion topping. For this, cook onion pieces over low heat till they become brown. Add the leftover spices from the chicken soup to the onions while they are fried. Then add flour to the chicken pieces and cook until the pieces become crispy. Then serve the cooked rice, top it with the onion mixture and chicken.


The World Factbook, 2013-2014. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.

IDF Diabetes Atlas, 6th Edition. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation, 2014.