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Hawalli, Kuwait

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 10, 2023

Summary: People describe Hawalli, Kuwait as a vibrant and modern city with a mix of traditional and modern architecture. Expats love the city's convenient location, with easy access to the airport, shopping malls, and other amenities. The weather in Hawalli is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is estimated to be around $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $1,000 per month, while a two bedroom apartment is around $1,500 per month. The approximate population of Hawalli is around 500,000 people.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Hawalli?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Hawalli responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Hawalli, often appreciate the relatively low cost of living, which allows them to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank. They also enjoy the diverse and vibrant culture, with a mix of locals and expats from various countries, which creates a unique and interesting atmosphere. The local cuisine is another highlight, with a wide variety of delicious Middle Eastern dishes to try. The city's location is also a plus, as it is close to the capital, Kuwait City, making it easy to access various amenities, attractions, and job opportunities. The public transportation system is fairly reliable, making it convenient to get around the city and explore other parts of Kuwait. However, there are also some downsides to living in Hawalli. The hot and arid climate can be challenging for some, with temperatures often soaring above 100°F (38°C) during the summer months. This can make outdoor activities and sightseeing less enjoyable during these times. Another common complaint is the lack of green spaces and parks in the city, which can make it feel somewhat congested and lacking in natural beauty. Additionally, the traffic can be quite heavy, particularly during rush hour, which can lead to long commutes and frustration for those who rely on cars for transportation. Cultural differences can also be a challenge for some expats and digital nomads, as Kuwait is a conservative Muslim country with strict laws and customs. This can make it difficult for those who are not familiar with the local culture to adapt and feel at home. For example, alcohol is illegal in Kuwait, which can be a significant adjustment for those who enjoy socializing over drinks. Lastly, while the local people are generally friendly and welcoming, the language barrier can be an issue for some expats and digital nomads, as not everyone speaks English. This can make it difficult to communicate and form connections with locals, as well as navigate daily life in Hawalli," remarked one expat in Hawalli.

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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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