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Moving to Kuwait

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Moving to Kuwait: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Kuwait.

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What do I need to know before moving to Kuwait?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Kuwait, they said:

"Be brave. Get out there and see what's available in your neighborhood. Ask co-workers for help and advice. Oh, and pack light. There is almost nothing that you can't get here or have shipped here," said another expat in Kuwait City.

"Find someone here with similar tastes. Available housing is pretty abundant, you won't have a problem finding something nice," remarked another expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

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How do I find a place to live in Kuwait?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Company provided it for awhile but I moved to my own place through the rental company we always use," commented one expat who made the move to Fintas.

"My company and most companies provide housing here. There are some bad places to live, as the locals, they LOVE Americans and are happy to help," remarked another expat in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Kuwait?

"In apartment housing. Most of us live in high rise apts that have some amenities. Some have fitness rooms, some have pools. Few have both," said another expat in Kuwait City.

"Apartments, mostly. From high rises to condo-like flats. Only Kuwaitis are allowed to own property, so we're all renters," added another expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

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What is the average cost of housing in Kuwait?

If you are thinking about moving to Kuwait, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"I do not know what the housing costs here. I DO know that the apartment I stay in would run about $1500 a month where I am from," explained one expat living in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

"MUCH lower. About $500 or so a month for a good two bedroom apartment. Again, most companies provide housing as part of the contract. It's rare to find an American paying for their housing," said another expat in Kuwait City.

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What should I pack when moving to Kuwait?

We asked people living in Kuwait to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded:

"I wish I had brought: Horseradish, Safeguard soap beige, Pictures of family I wish I had left behind: Some of my clothes, Some of my paperwork, An old friend (lol)," explained one expat living in Fintas, Kuwait.

"Wish I'd brought: Luxury sheets My good cooking knives McCormick Mesquite seasoning Wish I'd left: Most of the shoes I brought Most of the clothes I brought Toiletries I didn't think I could buy here," said another expat in Kuwait City.

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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Kuwait?

We asked people in Kuwait if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!:

"The only blunder I committed was trying to shake the hand of a Muslim man. Many will not touch women who are not their family members. It made for an awkward encounter," remarked another expat in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

"I teach English and in a conversation class I asked a married student how he met his wife. There was a great deal of confusion among the class and then someone explained that he, like everyone else, married his first cousin. I had no idea," said another expat in Salmiya.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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