National Geographic : 1988 May
Kuwait With a tastefor racy cars, shoppers in Kuwait city inspect a Corvette at a daily auto auction.Kuwait enjoys one of the world's highest standardsof living. Medical care and university education are free to citizens, and housing, utilities, and telephone service are subsidized. The government pays more than $7,000 to every couple upon their marriage. Yet oil has made Kuwaitis a minority in their own land. Foreignersnow outnumber natives three to two, strainingwater sup plies and other resources.In Kuwait city a mammoth oil tanker looms beyond the field where Japaneseemployees of Mitsubishi Heavy Industriesplay baseball.