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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Kuwait?

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We asked people in Kuwait if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"In Kuwait, it is important to always respect the Islamic faith, as well as local customs. It is therefore advised to dress conservatively and avoid public displays of affection. Unless dining in a Western-style restaurant, it is recommended to avoid eating and drinking in public during the holy month of Ramadan. It is also advised that guests remove their shoes before entering a house and to always use their right hand when shaking hands or handing something to someone else. Additionally, it is important to never use derogatory or offensive remarks about religion, culture and politics," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Kuwait.

"The only blunder I committed was trying to shake the hand of a Muslim man. Many will not touch women who are not their family members. It made for an awkward encounter," commented one expat who made the move to Kuwait City, Kuwait.

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