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Moving to Kuwait City, Kuwait

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 08, 2023

Summary: Expatriates move to Kuwait City, Kuwait for a variety of reasons, including the city's vibrant culture, its excellent job opportunities, its low cost of living, its modern infrastructure, and its proximity to other Middle Eastern countries. Additionally, Kuwait City is known for its excellent healthcare system, its high standard of living, and its welcoming attitude towards expats. With its diverse population, Kuwait City is an attractive destination for those looking to experience a unique culture and lifestyle.

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What do I need to know before moving to Kuwait City?

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

"Find someone here with similar tastes. Available housing is pretty abundant, you won't have a problem finding something nice," replied a member in Kuwait City.

"Expats moving to Kuwait City should be aware of the strict Islamic culture and customs, which may require adjustments in their lifestyle and behavior. It is important to dress modestly, especially for women, and public displays of affection are generally frowned upon. The official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood. However, learning some basic Arabic phrases can be helpful in daily interactions. Kuwait City has a hot and arid climate, with extremely high temperatures during the summer months. Expats should be prepared for this and take necessary precautions, such as staying hydrated and avoiding outdoor activities during peak heat hours. The cost of living in Kuwait City can be high, particularly for housing and schooling. Expats should research and budget accordingly, taking into consideration that many employers offer housing allowances and other benefits as part of their employment packages. Healthcare facilities in Kuwait City are generally of a high standard, but expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance to cover any medical expenses. It is also important to note that some medications may not be available in Kuwait, so expats should check in advance and bring a sufficient supply if necessary. Driving in Kuwait City can be challenging due to heavy traffic and aggressive driving habits. Expats should familiarize themselves with local traffic laws and consider obtaining an international driving permit before moving. Kuwait City offers a range of leisure activities, including shopping malls, restaurants, and cultural attractions. However, alcohol is strictly prohibited in Kuwait, and there are limited options for nightlife. Expats should be aware of the sponsorship system in Kuwait, which requires a local sponsor for obtaining a residence visa and other legal matters. This can sometimes lead to complications and delays, so it is important to be patient and well-informed about the process. Finally, it is essential for expats to respect and abide by Kuwaiti laws and regulations, as penalties can be severe for violations. This includes respecting local customs and traditions, as well as adhering to laws related to employment, residency, and other aspects of life in Kuwait City," commented one expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

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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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