There has been much in the media in the last 48 hours about Iraq and plans by Bush to invade soon. Can anyone tell me if expats are leaving Kuwait in droves? Is it safe to travel to Kuwait in the next few months for a year's contract?
Yes is the answer because we feel safe. We had a Canadian "assassinated" last year but that turned out to be some murky personal problems, not the jihad.
My company lost two people after 9/11 but they probably didn't get on in Kuwait anyway and were looking for an excuse to leave. Whether they feel safer in North America now is anyone’s guess. Most other expats have stayed and we have since employed some very good people who you would have thought would not have come here if they thought that there was a safety issue.
I don't feel threatened because I don't do silly things. I don't make myself obvious and I don't hide. I was in Algeria when the land campaign started in the Gulf War and subsequently went to Pakistan. I feel safer here than I did in either of those other two places and safer than being in the US right now with all the air crashes, anthrax and maybe smallpox to come.
Don't listen to the papers, etc as they are usually wrong or haven't tapped the real situation. We can tell because the usual picture of "downtown" Kuwait is taken from the roof of the Sheraton or other hotel which is about as venturous as some journalists get. I hope I've answered you question.