I'm thinking about accepting a job offer for two years in Kuwait. My biggest worry is that for the USA (Texas particularly) I tend to be considered too "liberal" or "outspoken". I'm in my 30s and and tend to have a really active social life. What are some of the biggest concerns for single woman in Kuwait?
Kuwait seems to be extremely friendly to expats. No matter how liberal you are, don't insult Mohammad, the Koran, and don't act too friendly to traditional Arab men. You may get labeled something you don't want to be labeled. Lots to do here for a lady. Shopping at the malls, dancing, restaurants, beaches just to name a few. I would recommend that you hook up with a male friend as soon as you can but it is not mandatory for you. Anyway, hope that helps. Ken
I don't know what Ken means, either, you do NOT have to "hook up" with a male friend, nor worry about being too friendly. I'm sure you're a good hearted person, you won't do anything wrong and I go out by myself or with girlfriends ALL THE TIME with no problems. If anything, the men are a little too friendly, but I've never heard of them negatively labeling anyone for this. Don't worry, you'll probably enjoy it as much I DO! BJ
You should know that it is NOT ok to sleep with Kuwaiti men...everyone will call you a whore, they do not allow alcohol...unless you go to Bahrain, Qatar or Dubai (UAE), men here are friendly and it is alright to be friends, but unless you meet a genuine one they only want one thing. There are no nightclubs...just malls!
If you decide to come to Kuwait, leave your liberal and outspokeness in Texas. Respect the environment you are in and frankly use your instinct when dealing with both local and non-local males. Traditionally Muslim men marry virgins and a non-virgin is usually labled so indeed use caution in that department. The people of Kuwait seem friendly and probably expect the same as we do when it comes to visitors. Good Luck!
ROTFL - I'm a single South African guy with liberal views and I've already been banned from posting in a SAfrican Q8 forum due to my penchance for posting about 'REAL' issues in living out here. It's like everyplace - what you make of it and what type of people you manage to locate to socialise with. The onus there is that it is pretty difficult to find people due to the heat i.e. ppl tend to congregate where there are airconditioners - Malls and Homes. So - single ppl not having a bar or general gathering place find it a tad more difficult than usual. My gym is men's only and the testosterone sux lol. I've found that my fellow compatriots have created little enclaves of like minded souls that I can't handle - they either diss this place or our own country back home and harp on about the fact that things are getting worse back home so it kinda justifies them being here - exchange rate and crime are SA's two fav topics.
The fact that I have long blonde hair gets me alot of stares, so expect the same - and more. I've had gay cruisers try their luck and find that's there's definitely an edge to this place due to their custom of gender separation.
I've read a translated version of the Koran - and respect all cultures and religions, but there is definitely a large set of this society that only adopts the mechanisms of their faith - externally.
I've lived in more countries than most - and this is probably the hardest to adapt to as I'm a tad non-conformist.
Bring Music to keep sane - movie dvd and software ripoffs are pretty chep out here.
Dubai is an hour flight away and it's VERY humid there - but you can at least see normal couples going out and there are some really cool bars and hotels out there.
Good Luck with your decision - mail me if you want an unabridged view of this place .... ;-)
I'm also a single woman that moved here from Texas and have been living here only a month. It's really not that bad. As far as being outspoken, just make sure you know who your talking to. I was scared out of my mind before coming here, thinking I'd get thrown in jail for sure for shooting my mouth off. But like I said, I'm barely a month in and adjusting nicely (except for one small breakdown due to the horrible decor of my apartment). Just beware of the driving. I'm from Houston, and driving in the hell that is rush hour down there in no way prepared me for the kind of stunts they pull down here. Good luck.
everyone has right to say what he/she has experienced or observed, as to me Kuwait is ideal place to live in ,, apart from those stuff like bars, or night clubs,,, it is one of the safest countiries ,,, you may go out alone even at night without any fear,,, you will find the best living standards,,, and sure being a lady a lot to shop...... So my recomendatio is come and don't worry ... GOOD PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS THERE TO WELCOM.
kuwait is wonderful. you wil love it down here. kuwaities tend to mind their own business. you can speak up your mind anywhere you want as long you don't disrespect anyone. people are very open minded, you won't have a language problem since kuwait second language tend to be english. if you planning on driving a car then be careful, i yet have seen drivers in any other country as kuwaiti drivers tend to be.. lets put it this way, speeding is in their blood. but they tend to be very good drivers. what you need to watch out from are the none kuwaities cuz they have rules of their own epecially indians and the worse ones that you should watch out from are taxi drivers.. kuwait is very safe, clean, the food is deliecious, you can find all kind of resturent, american japanese, thi, arabic, kuwaiti, african, italian, u name it. kuwait is not expensive country, gas is very cheap, no clubs or bars allowed, yetlots of praivet gatherings and parties. and its very easy to get alcohole. summer down here tend to be very hot not to forget sand storms from time to time. lots of malls, so if you like to shop kuwait is the place. kuwait also have nice clean beach's. i've got a yacht and i visit number of kuwaiti island on weekends, and the first time i was shocked to see the people on those island, for some reason you don't feel like you are in a muslim country at all.. people dancing on the beach, alcohole is everywhere, couples making out.. all kind of things going on.. if you happen to go on a trip like that then wait till it get dark , hahah. anyways, good luck to you on everything and if you need anything let me know, i'll be more than glad to guide you or help you. much love. lovelife