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Kuwait City, Kuwait

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 08, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Kuwait City, Kuwait is 3.5 million people. People describe Kuwait City as a vibrant, modern city with a mix of traditional and modern architecture. Expats love the city's diverse culture, excellent shopping, and wide range of entertainment options. The weather in Kuwait City is generally hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living in Kuwait City for an expat is around $2,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $1,000 USD per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $1,500 USD per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Kuwait City?

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

"Expats considering retiring in Kuwait City should be aware of several factors before making the decision. Firstly, it is essential to understand the residency requirements and visa regulations, as obtaining a retirement visa may be challenging. Expats must have a valid residency permit to live in Kuwait, and these are usually tied to employment. It is crucial to research and plan for the appropriate visa and residency options. Kuwait City has a high cost of living, particularly in terms of housing and education. Expats should carefully assess their financial situation and ensure they can afford a comfortable lifestyle in the city. Healthcare in Kuwait is of a high standard, but private healthcare can be expensive. It is essential to have comprehensive health insurance to cover any medical expenses. The climate in Kuwait City is characterized by extremely hot summers and mild winters. Expats should be prepared to adapt to the harsh weather conditions, which may include sandstorms and high humidity levels. Kuwait is a conservative Muslim country, and expats should be respectful of local customs and traditions. This includes dressing modestly, refraining from public displays of affection, and being mindful of cultural sensitivities during the holy month of Ramadan. The official language in Kuwait is Arabic, and while English is widely spoken, it can be beneficial for expats to learn some basic Arabic phrases to help with daily interactions. Kuwait City has a relatively high crime rate compared to other Gulf countries, although it is still considered safe for expats. It is essential to be vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure personal safety. Driving in Kuwait City can be challenging due to heavy traffic and aggressive driving habits. Expats should familiarize themselves with local driving regulations and consider using public transportation or taxis instead. Finally, it is essential for expats to build a social network and engage with the local community to make the most of their retirement in Kuwait City. Joining clubs, participating in activities, and attending social events can help expats integrate and enjoy their time in the city," said one expat in Kuwait City.

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

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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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