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Kuwait City
Kuwait City
Kuwait City

Kuwait City, Kuwait

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Kuwait City, 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 City?

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

"It may be difficult in the beginning, but once you adapt you will not want to leave..," added another 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," explained one expat living in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

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

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Kuwait City, 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," mentioned 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," commented one expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

How do I find a place to live in Kuwait City?

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

"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," commented one expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

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

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"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," commented one expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

"Apartments, mostly. From high rises to condo-like flats. Only Kuwaitis are allowed to own property, so we're all renters," remarked another expat living in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

What is the average cost of housing in Kuwait City?

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If you are thinking about moving to Kuwait City, 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.

How do I meet people in Kuwait City?

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When we asked people living in Kuwait City 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," added another expat in Kuwait City.

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

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What should I bring when moving to Kuwait City?

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People living in Kuwait City were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"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," added another expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

"Wish I'd brought: Towels; American music and dvds; more pics of family, friends. Wish I'd left home: Clothes, cosmetics, medical supplies. (ALL are cheaper and better quality here)," explained one expat living in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Will I be able to find a job in Kuwait City?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Kuwait City, they reponded:

"Main industries are banking/investment, oil and gas, hotel, logistics/defense, shipping, aviation. Most people find jobs through recruiters, however, there are very few that are professional and that will even respond to you and/or meet with you," commented one expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

"It is adviseable to apply from your country. Main industry is oil industry, lot of financial/investment companies, good teaching jobs, hospitals..," remarked another expat living in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

What is life like in Kuwait City?

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When we asked people living in Kuwait City 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)," commented one 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," remarked another expat living in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

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What do expats in Kuwait City appreciate most about the local culture?

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"I appreciate the people's sense of pride in their country, for they are very patriotic," added another expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

What do expats find most challenging?

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"Oddly enough, I have had more trouble with other expats, mainly males. These men are aggressive, presumptuous, and will not accept no for an answer. If a women has light colored hair, she will probably be a target of unwanted advances. Another group that has been difficult is the taxi drivers. Of course, not all but certainly many will overcharge you without a second thought. I tend to avoid taxis as much as possible, but that also limits my experiences and outings," remarked another expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Kuwait City 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," mentioned another expat in Kuwait City.

"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," commented one expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

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What are the schools in Kuwait City like?

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"I wouldn't use this school if you can avoid it. The teachers are mostly good but they seem unhappy and certainly don't put in extra effort for your child's learning needs. The members of management are not particularly impressive. I witnessed the head of primary shouting at a parent in front of children one day after school," remarked another expat living in Kuwait City with children attending Cambridge English School.

"It's a good school. If you want an American system in Kuwait, choose either AIS or ASK (american school of kuwait)," said another expat in Kuwait City with children at American International School of Kuwait.

"I feel parents can trust ACA with the education of their children. Values of dedication radiate from our teachers, and parents will be informed of their child's academic and social progress on a regular basis. We not only issue quarterly reports, but mid-term reports are issued as well for all students. Student progress is retained using a computerized network," remarked another parent with kids at American Creativity Academy in Kuwait City.

What are the pros and cons of living in Kuwait City?

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Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Kuwait City responded:

"I dont like the weather, the fact there is no entertainment. I dont like the indecisive government. I dont like the racism kuwait has towards expats," mentioned another expat inKuwait City.

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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