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Living in Kuwait

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 01, 2024

Summary: People generally describe life in Kuwait as modern, luxurious, and safe. Expats love the high quality of life, the low cost of living, and the friendly people. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 per month, depending on lifestyle. The population of Kuwait is estimated to be 4.5 million, with the largest cities being Kuwait City, Al Ahmadi, and Hawalli. The cons of living in Kuwait include the hot climate, the lack of public transportation, and the strict laws and regulations. Additionally, the cost of living can be high for expats, and the job market is competitive.

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What do I need to know about living in Kuwait?

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..," remarked one expat living in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

"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," wrote one member in Kuwait City.

"Expats considering retiring in Kuwait should be aware that the country is a Muslim-majority nation and that Islamic laws and customs are strictly enforced. It is important to familiarize oneself with the local culture and customs before relocating. Expats should also be aware that Kuwait is a very hot and humid country, and that the summer months can be particularly uncomfortable. Additionally, expats should be aware that Kuwait is a relatively expensive country to live in, and that the cost of living is higher than in many other countries. Finally, expats should be aware that Kuwait has a very strict visa system, and that obtaining a residency permit can be a lengthy and complicated process," remarked one expat who made the move to Kuwait.

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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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