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Living in Kuwait

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 10, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Kuwait: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Kuwait?

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

"It may be difficult in the beginning, but once you adapt you will not want to leave..," commented one expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

"Learn about the religion and traditions because you could easily offend someone or be offended. Check if your necessities are available in Kuwait e.g. certain products, books, food," remarked another expat living in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

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How do I meet people in Kuwait?

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When we asked people living in Kuwait about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"There are lot of clubs/meeting groups/associations by expats from different countries in Kuwait. You can search on net or ask in here and surely someone will guide you," said another expat in Kuwait City.

"Gyms, clubs, native embassy activities, women club, private clubs depending on hobby or interest," added another expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

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What is life like in Kuwait?

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When we asked people living in Kuwait what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Life here is how you make it for yourself: try to get a job without split hrs: lot of businesses here work 9-1 and then 4-8, and on this schedule you may have little time for anything else. Next is to find suitable pace to live. Many ppl with kids prefer apartments, so their kids can have some playmates. Although there are no theaters, there are plenty of cinemas, sport clubs, beaches, lot of eateries (dining out is much cheaper then in UK or US)," remarked another expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

"family...family..family..then family and lots of socializing. Sports is also popular. Kuwaities also like to shop, dine out and hand out at cafes," explained one expat living in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Kuwait accepting of differences?

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"There are more expats here then locals. But one shuld be aware of local culture and religion and restrain of exposing too much of skin or show off ones body. Apply universal rule of dressing for ocasion, just because its hot does not mean you are always in bikini top and shorts," explained one expat living in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

"We have people of various religions and faiths. But, in Kuwait Tradition and Customs are equally important. People here are becoming more accepting of non-Kuwaiti traditions e.g. women smoking in public, wearing shorts or revealing much of their body. Women don't cover head to toe here, but wearing very provocative clothes is still a bit taboo. Don't be offended when people stare at you. Everyone here stares; it's more like a sport. You'd think your fly is open or you spilled tomato sauce on your shirt. But, they are just practicing their hobby. If you go to a mall you will spot boys with spiky hair, a woman showing only her eyes, guys with baggy pants, ladies in mini skirts, girls wearing the head cover with full makeup, a guy wearing a T-shirt with Che Guevara. The crowds will vary from singles, teens, families, kids, etc. I guess you get the idea," said another expat in Kuwait City.

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What are the schools in Kuwait like?

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"This is the elite school in Kuwait that the Kuwaiti people want to send their children too but students must be bilingual in English and Arabic to get in. They also must pass a difficult exam to be accepted if they are high school students," commented one expat when asked about Al Bayan Bilingual School in Hawally.

"Ask for details about the assessment exam first, consider carefully what is being tested, and explore plenty of other options. Academics are important, but being a well-rounded person serves you better in real life," explained one expat in Salmiyya, Kuwait with kids at The English School .

"One of the few good American curriculum schools in Kuwait. If you want your kids in that system, this school should be in the shortlist," wrote an expat living in Hawalli, Kuwait with children attending American School of Kuwait.

"If what you are looking for for your kids is just to have fun and get as little education as possible, let them join ASK. Otherwise, if you care about the quantity and quality of the education, then you better choose a different school. AIS is a decent school. Many British schools are good as well. TES, NES, KES, and BSK all are better than ASK," said one commented one expat when asked about American School of Kuwait (ASK) in Kuwait - Hawally.

"Try NES or KES if you can afford it. GES is hiring cheap and teachers are not motivated to exert any extra efforts," mentioned one expat living in Salmiya, Kuwait, Kuwait.

"My kids hated the school and most of the teachers. The teachers are obviously not happy so they don't treat the children right. The children are 99% behavior problem children and aren't given any consequences which frustrates the teachers (from what it looks like). It's sad because the school, being new, could have wonderful potential but it seems that Management is not experienced and have no idea what they are doing when they hire, organize and disclipline," explained one expat when asked about Al-Nibras International School in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh.

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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