Kuwait Expat: Ten Tips for Living in Kuwait

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Ten Tips for Living in Kuwait from Kuwait Expats.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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guest
Apr 15, 2011 00:27

I will be working for DynCorp in Doha Qater if anyone could please provide answers: 1. My wife wants to come and live, is it safe? 2. Are you able to buy groceries, milk coffee bread ECT ? 3. Want kind of housing will be provided? 4. Can you buy a car? 5. Is there alcohol to buy? Please provide any tips that will help! Thank you!

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Apr 28, 2011 03:56

Living in Kuwait for nearly two years now has brought me much in the way of fun, travel, experience, activity and connections. Many Ex-pats who come here often don't know what to expect or they didn't plan much in the way of preparing themselves for cultural and traditional differences. When I got the call that I would be working on a project in Kuwait, I was living in Luanda, Angola, Africa at the time where water was dirty, trash was everywhere and there was no mall. Food was outrageously priced and didn't taste great at all. To move just 5 ft by vehicle would take 3 hours and there wasn't one day that would go by where the police would stop me and my driver for God knows what. Angola taught me all about patience, gratitude, and resourcefulness and I was therefore, definitely ready to enjoy a country where things go and flow with a bit more ease (don't get me wrong, I actually loved Angola!). In Kuwait, you will find pretty much everything you need from food, to clothes to shampoos to good restaurants. The view of the sea is lovely and I think the architecture is amazing. While there are no bars or pubs or clubs, there's much to do in the way of outdoor activity from jet-skiing, boating, paint-ball, amusement and water parks, bowling, gorgeous movie theatres, malls, coffee houses, art and dance classes, exhibits, and go-carting. Kuwait is also perfectly positioned on the planet if you wish to visit other countries such as Jordan, Egypt, Nepal, or Lebanon. The number one complaint from Ex-pats regarding Kuwait is that it is a "dry" country meaning you can't alcohol. My philosophy is if that is the only reason you wish to not come to Kuwait, well, that's a pretty pathetic excuse. You will miss out on making good money if you subscribe to that thought. You will miss out on experiencing a culture you weren't otherwise exposed to. You will miss out on the opportunity to travel to other places for a reasonable price. And, you will miss out on seeing what you are capable of and how resilient you are because Kuwait does challenge the spirit! I've enjoyed Kuwait for many reasons and I will admit that there is a phenomenal "underground" social scene. I won't get into any more details on that but let's put it this way: I've had far more fun here than in most of the other places I've lived! Like any place on the planet, Kuwait might take some getting used to but really it's all about YOU and YOUR attitude and willingness to see Kuwait through different eyes.

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Aug 13, 2011 07:31

I need some HELP, please: Let's say I have about 500KD allowance to join a diving club in Kuwait. For that lump-sum payment, I would like for my wife and I have credits toward boat trips and diving equipment rentals. Do you think that is feasible? Where would you recommend?

guest
Sep 22, 2011 09:36

everything is available in kuwiat behind closed doors. its very nice place to be friendly people and must easier lifer compared to india

guest
Dec 6, 2012 11:06

He shouldn't need an itnortanienal calling card. Just get a regular AT T calling card. When soldiers are in Iraq, the phones call out just like he was in the states. Also get one that is rechargable. You keep the card and just give him the numbers off of it, so you can get more minutes on it when he needs them.

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Nov 3, 2016 09:27

Moving to kuwait in a few weeks, just wondering if anyone knows the school notthingham British school Kuwait? are they good? do o ave kids there?

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