Kuwait City
Kuwait City
Kuwait City

Kuwait City, Kuwait

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

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..," 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 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," 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.

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)," mentioned another expat in 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," commented one expat who made the move to Kuwait City.

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

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," said another parent with children at Cambridge English School in Kuwait City.

"It's a good school. If you want an American system in Kuwait, choose either AIS or ASK (american school of kuwait)," commented one expat when asked about American International School of Kuwait in Kuwait City.

"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," explained one expat in Kuwait City, Kuwait with kids at American Creativity Academy.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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