April 2, 2011

American and Western Expats ~ Are You Happy Living and Working in Kuwait?

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Here are some questions about living and working in Kuwait that you can answer in the comment section.  Anonymous comments are always welcome so please do not feel shy. ;)  Feel free to write about your experiences as an Expat in Kuwait. This post is about helping others who are considering moving to Kuwait for employment, school or marriage.  Some humorous entertainment wouldn't hurt either.

1. What is your nationality and how long have you worked in Kuwait?

2. What company do you work for and are you happy with your job?

3. Are you satisfied with your employment package? (Benefits, Wages, Living Allowance, Housing, Privileges, etc.?)

4. Are you able to save money while living in Kuwait?

5. Do you find the cost of living high compared to your home country?

6. What telephone / Internet company do you use and are you satisfied with the price and service?

7. Are you a foreign exchange student in Kuwait?

8. Where do you live in Kuwait and do you have a housekeeper, nanny or cook?

9. What is your favorite restaurant in Kuwait and how often do you eat out?

10. How often do you order food to your home? Do you use an online delivery service? What is your favorite place to order from?

11. Do you find it easy to make friends as a newbie?

12. How long do you plan on working in Kuwait?

13. Are you here with your family?

14. Do you date in Kuwait?

15. How often do you travel outside of Kuwait and to what country?

16. Did you move to Kuwait because you married a Kuwaiti and what is it like for you?

17. What mall is your favorite and how often do you go shopping?

18. What do you do in your free time while living in Kuwait?

19. Do you find the Kuwaitis friendly?

20. How do you get treated as an Expat living in Kuwait?

21. Do you have any tips for Expats moving to Kuwait?

22. What do you like about living in Kuwait and what do you dislike?

Please feel free to answer some or all of the questions.  You can even add your own question or topic.  If you are having trouble posting your answers then please email me (Contact Tab at top) and I will post it as anonymous.  To copy the questions just hold down the Ctrl tab and press C.  Then hold down Ctrl tab and press V to paste.   The best way to comment is write the # only and then your answer.  That way all of your answers will fit on one comment.  You can also answer in multiple comments.  Whatever works best for you and thank you for your participation.


62 comments:

  1. What is your nationality and how long have you worked in Kuwait?

    USA, 6 months

    What company do you work for and are you happy with your job?

    Prefer not name company, and yes happy with job

    Are you satisfied with your employment package? (Benefits, Wages, Living Allowance, Housing, Privileges, etc.?)

    Yes

    Are you able to save money while living in Kuwait?

    Yes

    Do you find the cost of living high compared to your home country?

    No

    What telephone / Internet company do you use and are you satisfied with the price and service?

    Zain data stick (included in apartment rent) and Wataniya Home WiFi (paid by employer). Both are just ok, nothing special, with flaky performance. Zero customer service unless you speak Arabic.


    Are you a foreign exchange student in Kuwait?

    No

    Where do you live in Kuwait and do you have a housekeeper, nanny or cook?

    Salwa, no housekeeper nanny or cook.

    What is your favorite restaurant in Kuwait and how often do you eat out?

    Several places, 2-3 times a week with family

    How often do you order food to your home? Do you use an online delivery service? What is your favorite place to order from?

    None

    Do you find it easy to make friends as a newbie?

    No

    How long do you plan on working in Kuwait?

    2 years

    Are you here with your family?

    Yes

    Do you date in Kuwait?

    No

    How often do you travel outside of Kuwait and to what country?

    2 times a month, mainly UAE and UK

    Did you move to Kuwait because you married a Kuwaiti and what is it like for you?

    No

    What mall is your favorite and how often do you go shopping?

    Avenues, about once a week

    What do you do in your free time while living in Kuwait?

    Watch TV, eat, walk along corniche.

    Do you find the Kuwaitis friendly?

    No.

    How do you get treated as an Expat living in Kuwait?

    Ok I suppose, but my reference is the United States, and compared to the US, Kuwait is light years behind in terms of treating foreigners and people who are "not from these parts".

    Do you have any tips for Expats moving to Kuwait?

    If coming from the US or Western Europe, negotiate very hard on your pay package and make sure employer knows Kuwait is a hardship country where your quality of life will suffer.

    What do you like about living in Kuwait and what do you dislike?

    Like: Great place to save money for a couple of years, cost of living besides housing is very low and cheap food of decent quality can be found. Human labor available at near-slavery cost levels. Closer to most decent destinations like the UAE, Lebanon, Turkey. Fast food easily available every 200 meters when you're in a hurry.

    Dislikes: Under-developed sense of civic responsibility, massive littering, little traffic courtesy or road sense, non-functioning and non-transparent government that is trapped in the "wasta" system, sub-standard design of roads infrastructure (should be MUCH better given the oil cash), an airport that is a an embarrassment, open violation of no-smoking rules, young people with no ambition, ill-trained irritating and downright dangerous taxi drivers, not enough facilities for exercise, and not nearly enough parks. My conclusion is that there not a lack of funds, just a lack of vision and lack of pressure from the population to improve the country.

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  2. What is your nationality and how long have you worked in Kuwait?
    **We're American & we lived in Kuwait for a year

    Are you able to save money while living in Kuwait?
    **Heck yeah! In just one year we paid off all of our debt, saved up a years worth of an emergency fund & now we have enough money to put 20% down on a house.

    Do you find the cost of living high compared to your home country?
    **Yes. Our rent was twice a high & many people's mortgages where hundreds of dollars lower than in kuwait.

    What telephone / Internet company do you use and are you satisfied with the price and service?
    **We use Watinia & it was okay. Internet service was horrible.

    Are you a foreign exchange student in Kuwait?
    **nope

    Where do you live in Kuwait and do you have a housekeeper, nanny or cook?
    **Not until I was 9 months pregnant & then we had a housekeeper come in once a week. No nanny, no cook.

    What is your favorite restaurant in Kuwait and how often do you eat out?
    **Too many places to mention, but I did enjoy The Early Bird

    Do you find it easy to make friends as a newbie?
    **difficult

    How long do you plan on working in Kuwait?
    **We wanted to be in Kuwait at least two years, but the contract ran out and was not renewed & we did not end up finding another job.

    Are you here with your family?
    **My husband & I were there together

    Do you date in Kuwait?
    **no & even if I was single I would not have.

    How often do you travel outside of Kuwait and to what country?
    **Too many to count. We went all over the place. One of the best perks of Kuwait is the close proximity to other countries.

    Did you move to Kuwait because you married a Kuwaiti and what is it like for you?
    **nope

    What mall is your favorite and how often do you go shopping?
    **Avenues. I window shopped a lot. Too expensive for my tastes.

    What do you do in your free time while living in Kuwait?
    **Truthfully what else is there to do besides shop & eat?

    Do you find the Kuwaitis friendly?
    **Sometime, but for the most part no. When I was 8 months pregnant I was walking into a coffee shop for a cold drink & 3 Kuwait men let the door shut in front of me. I know women are second class in Kuwait, but come on, really? Plus I don't like how TCNs are scared of Kuwaitis & therefore they can't do their jobs. Hate how Kuwaitis don't follow rules (like no smoking in the malls)

    How do you get treated as an Expat living in Kuwait?
    **I was never bothered. But getting stared at for being a white women was something to get used to.

    Do you have any tips for Expats moving to Kuwait?
    **Embrace the culture. Just like everywhere else, there are good things and bad thing. Take advantage of the great money you can make, travel & enjoy some good coffee and the beach.

    What do you like about living in Kuwait and what do you dislike?
    **I like the money & the call to prayer in the mornings (not muslim btw). I hated how dirty it was, the driving & the treatment of 3rd world citizens.

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  3. What is your nationality and how long have you worked in Kuwait?

    Texan :)

    What company do you work for and are you happy with your job?

    prefer not to mention

    Are you satisfied with your employment package? (Benefits, Wages, Living Allowance, Housing, Privileges, etc.?)

    yes

    Are you able to save money while living in Kuwait?

    a little

    Do you find the cost of living high compared to your home country?

    yes .. especially dining out

    What telephone / Internet company do you use and are you satisfied with the price and service?

    viva .. wataniya ... viva is OK .. wataniya is crap

    Are you a foreign exchange student in Kuwait?

    no

    Where do you live in Kuwait and do you have a housekeeper, nanny or cook?

    South Surra ... have 2 nannies ... wife is Kuwaiti what to do?

    What is your favorite restaurant in Kuwait and how often do you eat out?

    Basil Al Salem's are pretty decent

    How often do you order food to your home? Do you use an online delivery service? What is your favorite place to order from?

    don't order to the house .. never fresh

    Do you find it easy to make friends as a newbie?

    don't have time to make new friends :-P

    How long do you plan on working in Kuwait?

    who really knows ... guess til the Oil runs out

    Are you here with your family?

    yes .. wife is Kuwaiti and two daughters

    Do you date in Kuwait?

    no

    How often do you travel outside of Kuwait and to what country?

    maybe 2-3 times a year depending on my sched. USA to visit my family or Europe with my wife

    Did you move to Kuwait because you married a Kuwaiti and what is it like for you?

    no .. for work but married 2 years after moving here

    What mall is your favorite and how often do you go shopping?

    Avenues or 360

    What do you do in your free time while living in Kuwait?

    hmmm .. eat, sleep, play with the kiddos

    Do you find the Kuwaitis friendly?

    yes ... once you get to know them ... it is hard if you only are exposed to them as passer by on the street

    How do you get treated as an Expat living in Kuwait?

    fine

    Do you have any tips for Expats moving to Kuwait?

    This is not the USA or Europe ... don't expect it to be

    What do you like about living in Kuwait and what do you dislike?

    i like the weather (really, i do) i dislike the weather (complicated, i know)

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  4. 1. American 'Louisiana’ Geaux Tigers!!!
    2. First CSA, then ITT and now ‘Kuwaiti company’
    3. Yes
    4. Looooooooool, I really try but I love to travel and shop. So a little but not enough.
    5. Gas is dirt cheap compared to the US but many things cost a lot more but I order online and ship to Kuwait.
    6. Zain and Wataniya. Compared to the USA the prices are very high for terrible Internet service. I receive good customer service but the Internet connection and lack of decent phone call plans sucks!
    7. No, but I did study University in Europe.
    8. I live near the Arabian Gulf with a nice view and I have a cleaning lady.
    9. It’s nice to have so many American restaurants in Kuwait but my favorite place to eat is local Kuwaiti owned restaurants. I eat out a lot.
    10. I order a lot when I do not eat out. My sweetheart sends me a lot of food as well when I am working too much OT. I rarely ever cook in Kuwait. I use 6alabat for online delivery or call directly. My favorite place to order home delivery is ‘The Kitchen’.
    11. Yes but as far as ‘real’ lifelong friends then no.
    12. That’s complicated. There is a good chance for the rest of my life.
    13. No, but my Mother came to Kuwait and loved the shopping and food. The Kuwaitis were so nice to her from the airport on.
    14. Yes. I dated a bit before I met my sweet, chubby, handsome Prince. Lol.
    15. I have wanderlust so as often as I can. With my first company in Kuwait I went every month to UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, etc. I will try to go to the USA every year unless my parents visit me here or meet me in Europe.
    16. No, I moved here for adventure and my job in safety. I never looked for or expected to meet Mr. Right in Kuwait. It happened by accident after friends introduced us.
    17. 360, Avenues and Marina Mall. I am shopping less with my busy work schedule.
    18. What free time lately? ;) Go out to eat, café’s, shopping with my sweetheart and friends. Swimming, blogging, Movies and shopping as well. Travel when I can get away for at least two nights.
    19. Thanks to blogging I would have to say YES. The Kuwaiti female and male bloggers have been very friendly and supportive. Around town, the men are friendly but the girls seem to be a little shy and reserved.
    20. I am treated really well in most cases.
    21. Make Kuwait your home and try to enjoy your time while you are working here. Save money and pay off debt but also see a bit of the world while you are here. Take advantage of living overseas and learn about the culture. Focus on the positive and not the negative parts of this society. Try to learn a little bit of the language and remember that all Kuwaiti’s are not the same. Just like the USA there are good and bad people.
    22. Likes: #1 my sweetheart is Kuwaiti, my job and salary, Kuwait is a great base to travel the world from, the friends I’ve made, the Middle Eastern food, music, shopping, Arabian Gulf (Too much to list because I love living in Kuwait.) Dislikes: unsafe driving conditions, dust, fog, heat, no alcohol, no clubs, bars or concerts for young people, not as many activities, strict rules (less freedom), wasta, Internet and telecom is a pain, harassment, babies not in car seats, and far from my family.

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  5. IMHO, nice country, good people (once you know them, they are funny, generous, know everythihng), delicious good food, safe, really cheap and so expensive at the same time,but I hate the weather mostly summer and early fall. Work? It depends. Can't say more than that.

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  6. Anonymous 2:20 PM ~ thank you for your comment...
    Where are you from? :)

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  7. First 2 Anonymous commenter's ~ Thank you both for taking the time to write a comment. :D

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  8. Randy ~ I think you and your wife sound adorable. It's really nice to find an American male married to a Kuwaiti. It's just the sweetest thing ;)

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  9. lol i enjoyed reading the answers... gr8 blog i have been reading it for a while now :p
    keep it up :)

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  10. Hi Anonymous 11:18 PM ~ well thank you very much darlyn ;) I'm glad you like it. I hope more Expats will comment.

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  11. From Desert Girl Part 1

    1. Im American and have been living in Kuwait for 14 years.

    2. Prefer not to say where I work and yes I am happy with my job.

    3. Yes, I’m satisfied with my employment package. It helps to work for a company who has taken the time to do market research on compensation and/or enlisted a consultant to do a survey.

    4. I could save more money than I have been. It wouldn’t be hard to save money here, but I’m not good at it: SHOOOOOES!!

    5. The cost of living in Kuwait is much lower than it would be where I live in the US.

    6. I use Zain (for the past 13 years - from back in da day when it was MTC) and I’m relatively happy; although I would love to be able to get online and see an itemized list of my call charges because my bill always seems very high and I physically have to GO somewhere to get a report.

    7. No I’ve never been a foreign exchange student in Kuwait, although I regularly feel like one! If I were, I would be Helga from Sweden in a mini-skirt....

    8. I live in Rumaithiya. I have a part time maid, but I do my own clothes and don't ask her to cook. I always pay above the market rate (as I think many expats do to be fair).

    9. www.6alabat.com is my cook! I order there all the time. My favorite restaurant is Muhallab in the Palms, followed closely by Sakura in the Crowne Plaza followed by Freej Soweileh (Kuwaiti) in Salmiya.

    10. www.6alabat.com is my favorite online ordering system; however, ieatonline.com has been good and offers discounts up to 50% off right now.

    11. I always find it easy to make friends and you really have to have friends as a support system in Kuwait for many reasons.

    12. I plan to work in Kuwait until I get really really really sick of it. I’m hoping to meet a nice Kuwaiti man, get nationality, and retire here (or wherever I feel like)

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  12. From Desert Girl Part 2

    13. I am here with my dog. Everyone else in my family lives in Virginia.

    14. I date in Kuwait all the time. I’m single. But, it is a little different here. Like anywhere, you need to find a like-minded person to be with. Men think that you can’t date Kuwaiti women also; however, I know of quite a few Kuwaiti women married to Western men. There are lots of online dating sites for Kuwait. Things are changing in Kuwait quite fast.

    15. I travel usually quarterly. I had been travelling for business, however I’m in a different job now that doesn’t require as much travel. I would like to travel more often, but 1) I hate the traffic at Kuwait Airport and 2) I can’t get my girlfriends to go with me and I don’t like to travel alone.

    16. I did not move to Kuwait because I married a Kuwaiti, but I was married to one briefly after I got here (and I don't discuss it often but thar it is). What was it like? Loooooooooooooong story, but generally very nice. I love his family. Luck of the draw anywhere I think.

    17. I go to The Avenues regularly, although my favorite mall for ambiance is Al Kout.

    18. You have to have a good group of friends to spend your spare time with in Kuwait. Otherwise, you get fat, lazy and depressed alone. I am always with friends and I try to think of activities that we will all enjoy.

    19. Of course I find Kuwaitis friendly, but there are good and bad people everywhere. Do Kuwaitis find Westerners friendly? I don’t know; it is a subjective question. What I have always loved about Kuwaitis is their inate ability to laugh at their own foibles (although this is changing and I think people are becoming more serious). Historically, they have been hospitable and generous people (although I have seen changes since the Gulf War in 90/91). I urge everybody to make friends with Kuwaitis. You can't live in a country and not get to know the people. That's just wrong.

    20. As an Expat living in Kuwait, I am treated very well – but I’m American not from the Indian Subcontinent. If I were, I wouldn’t be treated as well. It also doesn't hurt that I'm blonde with big..... eyes (ha!)

    21. Tips for Expats moving to Kuwait: I have many. Learn as much about the country as you can before you move here. If possible, come here first for a brief visit to see if you can live here (not every place is good for everybody – for example, I wouldn’t move to some cities in the US because of personal preferences). Talk to lots of people: get lots of perspectives before you come. Don’t take all your information from your embassy; embassy staff have short tenures and like anyone else, they may stick to their group and not venture out. Guide books are written by people who bop into the country for a while, learn as much as they can in a short time, and bop back out. You are better to learn from long-term residents. Log onto the expat forums on Kuwait. When you get here, immediately get involved in groups and associations; go as a guest. Make friends. Get involved. Build a support system. If not, you will be lost.

    22. What I like about living in Kuwait: I love the sea (there are 8 islands in Kuwait!). I love the desert. I like paying no taxes and having a good quality of life (easy lifestyle). I like driving a bigass car and paying very little for gas and insurance. I love my diverse group of friends. Every day in Kuwait is a learning experience - even after 14 years. What I dislike about living in Kuwait: I’m so far from my family! I hate how the country is so unclean; people throw trash everywhere and cut down trees! The treatment of animals in Kuwait. Ubiquitous, unchecked, unethical business practices.

    I can't think of any other questions to pose, but I usually think of things and post them on my blog (which covers a lot of the above!): Desert Girl on Kuwait. Thanks for posting this Expat!

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  13. Desert Girl ~ Woo, it took me a minute to post your comment but thank you so much for emailing me your response. I loved what you wrote and you mentioned several things that I forgot! So thanks Chica xoxo

    Readers ~ you can visit Desert Girl on Kuwait's blog in my Friendly Fire section. She is the American Queen of Blogging in Kuwait. ;)

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  14. Jesse ParkerApril 04, 2011

    1. What is your nationality and how long have you worked in Kuwait?

    Canadian, 12 years (on and off)

    2. What company do you work for and are you happy with your job?

    Prefer not to mention names and yes I'm satisfied with my job.

    3. Are you satisfied with your employment package? (Benefits, Wages, Living Allowance, Housing, Privileges, etc.?)

    Absolutely

    4. Are you able to save money while living in Kuwait?

    Yeah, I don't have many habits to spend on except my nicotine and caffeine addiction.

    5. Do you find the cost of living high compared to your home country?

    Not really. Housing is expensive in general but everything else is pretty dead cheap.

    6. What telephone / Internet company do you use and are you satisfied with the price and service?

    Cell Phone = Wataniya
    Internet = Fastelco

    Wataniya has excellent customer service, atleast in my experience. Fastelco, I haven't had any major issues with apart for high ping levels on my connection. Though I don't expect much in Kuwait, the internet here in general is pretty backwards.

    7. Are you a foreign exchange student in Kuwait?

    Nope.

    8. Where do you live in Kuwait and do you have a housekeeper, nanny or cook?

    Jabriya, nope, nope and nope.

    9. What is your favorite restaurant in Kuwait and how often do you eat out?

    Mmmm I'd say I eat out about once or twice a week and that my fave food joint is probably the butchershop in avenues.

    10. How often do you order food to your home? Do you use an online delivery service? What is your favorite place to order from?

    Very rarely, nope and probably have to say babak (iranian food)

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  15. Jesse ParkerApril 04, 2011

    11. Do you find it easy to make friends as a newbie?

    I'm a single male. So with women it's difficult at times because I don't really have a large social circle. With men, it's easy to socialize but to make good friends. I barely got any of those here.

    12. How long do you plan on working in Kuwait?

    For as long as I can to be honest.

    13. Are you here with your family?

    Yes

    14. Do you date in Kuwait?

    Tried it a few times here in Kuwait.

    15. How often do you travel outside of Kuwait and to what country?

    Once or twice a year. Usually Dubai.

    16. Did you move to Kuwait because you married a Kuwaiti and what is it like for you?

    No, I moved here because of family and work.

    17. What mall is your favorite and how often do you go shopping?

    Marina, because it's the coziest and closest to where I live.

    18. What do you do in your free time while living in Kuwait?

    Coffee, reading, football, gym and my beloved playstation 3.

    19. Do you find the Kuwaitis friendly?

    Well it's difficult to generalize a society. The majority of Kuwaitis I've socialized with are very kind and polite. Though, the ones that I do not socialize with are generally rude (always think they have the right of way on the road and such).

    20. How do you get treated as an Expat living in Kuwait?

    Generally well, my main concern is on the streets...I'm treated like no matter what I do I'm wrong. People always think they have the right of way.

    21. Do you have any tips for Expats moving to Kuwait?

    Don't fear the move, embrace it. It's not as bad as people make it out to be. Just because alcohol is illegal doesn't mean you can't have a good time. Focus on your work for the days, and find yourself a good group of people you can socialize with and get some hobbies. It's quite a relaxing place and the work generally pays well.

    22. What do you like about living in Kuwait and what do you dislike?

    Well I like how relaxing it can be. I feel like because I get more time to relax I can feel fresher the next day at work and that I get alot more done. I like the genuine hospitality that you'll deal with not from just Kuwaitis but generally speaking from all the Arabs around once you socialize with them. I like how there is a mosque every 10 meters. It's very soothing to know that there is a respect for religion and that Christians as well as Muslims are welcome to practice their religion. I also enjoy the warm weather most of the time. Winters here are amazing as well. I also like how not many people will bother you when you're out if you're a foreigner.

    Dislike:
    I dislike the fact that there is alot of pollution and not much ambition to deal with this problem. I also hate the fact that everyone on the road thinks they deserve the right of way over other people. I also dislike the whole "flirt from car to car". What happened to good old buying a girl a drink? or in the case of Kuwait a coffee. I also hate the way people will sometimes ignore you if you're a foreigner considering getting paperwork done - if you can't speak Arabic or read/write/understand it. Life will become a little difficult as those who don't speak English won't even bother to try n get someone who does (most of the time).

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  16. Hi Jesse :D Thanks for taking the time to respond to my post. Lol at the flirting from cars. Stay out of the dust and I hope you will keep commenting on this blog. :)

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  17. I am an Engineering professional working for GE’s Oil and Gas division. I am on a three year assignment in Kuwait as a consultant for Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. I am a non white, Canadian citizen born and brought up in Canada. I have worked in US, Canada and in UK. My comments about Kuwait are as follows.
    Kuwait is an openly racist country where you are treated according to the color of your skin and your nationality. The pecking order is—Kuwaitis, white Americans/Europeans, Arabs, Indians, Philipinos and the rest.
    The white Americans/Europeans who are in Kuwait are mostly the second and third class citizens from their country who could not cut it in their own western countries. Why would any person want to come to Kuwait from US or Canada?...for money only! Why can’t they make the money in US or Canada?...because they cannot cut it with the top class talent in US or Canada…so they come to a second grade country like Kuwait and are given special treatment because they are US/Canadian citizens. If you are a blonde who is well endowed..ehm...ehm…(as “Desert girl in Kuwait” puts it), you get extra special treatment. What a great country Kuwait is! Nobody will give a second look to these people in US/Canada.
    The American contractors working for the US military bases are a perfect example of the third grade citizens from US with no special marketable skills….they complain when any Joe Blow TCN from off the street can do their job for half the pay.
    My advice….if you are a non white person from US/Canada, I would think twice about coming to Kuwait. However, if you are a white well-endowed blonde with big…ehm…ehm ..eyes (ha!), you should jump on the next flight over here and give the local resident blonds a run for their money. You will love it here…as you will be sought after right from the moment you land in Kuwait…heck…local people will literally be fighting to give you their phone numbers just because of the color of your skin and your well-endowdness!!!

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  18. To: Anonymous, April 5, 8:46:

    … as stated by someone who emigrated to another country (Canada) to get a better life, then emigrated to yet another country to make money off a society that he obviously holds in extreme contempt. Do you also hold Canada in such disregard?

    Oil workers who are in Kuwait from places like Canada may also be construed as/are no different than (as you stated) “second and third class citizens who could not cut it in their own countries,” by petty people such as you. You should recognize how others might perceive you.

    (As a side note, you should also recognize how your employers at GE in Kuwait may perceive you; especially since GE has one several lucrative contracts in Kuwait and may not want their employees speaking badly of their host country/contract providers. If I’m not mistaken, the country you are speaking so poorly of is paying your salary. As a self-proclaimed "professional", you should already be aware of this.)

    Why can’t you make money in Canada? Because you can’t cut it with the” top class talent” in Canada, so you come to a country (Kuwait) where you can live off the generosity of the local population in an industry that would provide you a higher standard of living than where you come from.

    It is simple to determine that people come to Kuwait (or wherever in the world they choose to) for different reasons.

    It is unfortunate that the narrow-minded feel the need to belittle others. Could it be perhaps envy? Perhaps Anonymous' use of the term “endowed” is the keyword to identifying the deficiency in his thought process.

    Regardless, I found your comments both highly amusing and fascinatingly insightful!

    I try to make positive changes in others' lives (with a little humor perhaps about femininity along the way). I would have preferred not to respond to someone like you who does not deal in the positive; however, I believe your comment warranted it.

    Perhaps you should consider counting your blessings. It sounds like you have a great life. Therefore, there really should be no need for you to make sweeping negative generalizations of others'.

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  19. I think that what the Anonymous Engineering professional had to say is true for the most part. However, I think it's a pretty blanket statement.

    My wife and I moved to Kuwait for what? The money. But by no means are we 3rd class citizens who can't cut it in the US. Stateside we made a bit over 150K/yr. Coming to Kuwait we make over 400K a year. It just made sense financially to suck it up, come here to work, save money like it's going out of style & live in a culture most people don't understand. I don't like Kuwait, but it really isn't that bad. I think anonymous 9:23 was spot on when it comes to the dislikes of Kuwait.

    All I can say for us is that It has been worth it and we plan on staying a few more years.

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  20. is it ok for a Kuwaiti girl to comment in this post ?

    i'm sorry for some of you who don't find some us friendly but we get the same impression when we go to your countries too .. rude people are everywhere in the world, but on behalf on whoever was not friendly to you i'm sorry that happened

    what reeeeeeally shocked me here is the answers to working in Kuwait !
    someone said that they'll stay in Kuwait "until they run out of oil" REALLY ?
    and others came here for a couple of years or for as long as they can STAND to save money and pay their debts and leave

    so shocking to me knowing from your answers that non-Kuwaiti people here look at my country this way .. i didn't expect that your goal here is to only take money and leave, but hey you guys were honest and i appreciate your honesty but still in shock

    anyway if you want a place with high paying jobs and more "friendly" people then Japan sounds like a good idea :p i'm just sayin'

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  21. Hi Mimi ~ of course you can comment on any post and welcome to my blog. :D

    I agree there are unfriendly people everywhere in the world and not all Kuwaitis are the same. I think there are only around 18 comments on this post which doesn’t represent the thousands of Westerners who are working in Kuwait. I respect everyone’s opinion and we all have different experiences to share. I love living in Kuwait and could never live somewhere just for the money. If that was the case then I would have searched for a job in Afghanistan or Iraq after I graduated from University. I think that when most Westerners first arrive to Kuwait they might feel overwhelmed from culture shock. Maybe they are homesick; miss their loved ones or a glass of wine with dinner? ;) I embraced the culture from the beginning but there were many things that I had to learn. I am still learning about this country and I plan to enjoy living here as much as possible.

    When I first came to Kuwait and worked in contracting I was different then most of my coworkers. I’m used to living abroad, well traveled and I was never in the military. This made the transition easier for me. Not all Westerners in Kuwait are just here for the money. Of course most want to make the highest salary possible to secure their future.

    I believe the majority of Americans in Kuwait are contractors and their salary is actually paid by the US Government and not Kuwait. In some aspects their presence is actually good for Kuwait’s economy. I know several Westerners that call Kuwait their home and love living here. Of course everyone complains about this and that but this happens even in our own country. Trust me; my list of what I dislike about the USA is longer than my list for Kuwait. But both countries are in my heart and I am thankful to call both of them home.

    Desert Girl ~ Loooool, you are my hero!

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  22. Mimi ~ I forgot to add that becoming a Kuwaiti citizen for most Expats is near impossible. This would be one of the reasons expats only come here for employment and then leave. :)

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  23. Anonymous 8:46 ~ I respect everyone’s opinion and thank you for your comment. However, I totally disagree with you because everything in life isn't just black or white. As a Kuwaiti once told me, not all five fingers are the same.

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  24. 1. What is your nationality and how long have you worked in Kuwait?
    I am a tag-along Canadian spouse


    3. Are you satisfied with your employment package? (Benefits, Wages, Living Allowance, Housing, Privileges, etc.?)
    Yes

    4. Are you able to save money while living in Kuwait?
    Yes more than half our salary because we have little debt and financial obligations

    5. Do you find the cost of living high compared to your home country?
    no, about the same cause since accommodation, vehicle, gas, utilities are all provided by company, the fact that Sultan Center /Carrefour, buying organic ,imported food costs are higher, doesn't matter


    8. Where do you live in Kuwait and do you have a housekeeper, nanny or cook?
    Live in Salmiya, and we do not have a housekeeper-- we honestly don't need one --

    9. What is your favorite restaurant in Kuwait and how often do you eat out?
    We eat a lot of Chinese take-away, shawarma places, and about 1-2 times I week we dine out
    No favorite restaurant-- but alot of hotel buffets:-)


    11. Do you find it easy to make friends as a newbie?
    Yes, I have more of a social life here in Kuwait-- non-stop activities and meeting friends


    12. How long do you plan on working in Kuwait?
    2 years

    13. Are you here with your family?
    Yes, husband

    15. How often do you travel outside of Kuwait and to what country?
    Every 6-8 weeks-- , Asia,Canada, USA, Europe

    17. What mall is your favorite and how often do you go shopping?
    City Center, Souks-- maybe once a week

    18. What do you do in your free time while living in Kuwait?
    volunteer,going out and meeting friends

    19. Do you find the Kuwaitis friendly?
    yes

    20. How do you get treated as an Expat living in Kuwait?
    very well

    21. Do you have any tips for Expats moving to Kuwait?
    be open-minded and enjoy the adventure

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  25. Anonymous April 8th, 8:50 PM ~ It sounds like you and Hubby are enjoying your time in Kuwait. Thank you for sharing and I wish you the very best experiences in Kuwait. ;D

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  26. I love this post. E&TC, your blog is interesting for Kuwaitis and expats :)

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  27. Muneera ~ Thank you sweetie :D

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  28. I think Kuwait lifestyle/environment is more appealing to families , i can understand why some "single" expats don't like it here.

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  29. I'm lovin' Kuwait

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  30. Anonymous 10:51 PM ~ I agree, Kuwait is appealing to families. However, a 50 minute plane ride away from Dubai makes it appealing to single expats. ;D

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  31. Anonymous ~ 1:35 AM ~ Me tooooooo! :)

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  32. 13. Are you here with your family?
    No.

    14. Do you date in Kuwait?
    Not yet.

    15. How often do you travel outside of Kuwait and to what country?
    Not yet.

    16. Did you move to Kuwait because you married a Kuwaiti and what is it like for you?
    No.

    17. What mall is your favorite and how often do you go shopping?
    The Avenues is excellent. I go a few times a month if I need stuff.

    18. What do you do in your free time while living in Kuwait?
    Reading, exploring, photography, cooking, cleaning, reading, walking, reading, eating, shopping, reading. I'd like to try target shooting and horse riding soon.
    I have an Android phone and have about 650 epub. books to read, plus I have a decent internet connection to read up on my hobbies, passions and current affairs.

    19. Do you find the Kuwaitis friendly?
    Yes, I've not yet encountered an unfriendly Kuwaiti. 100% nice is surely not possible, so I'm prepared for my experiences to revert to the average sometime, but doing my best not to provoke.

    20. How do you get treated as an Expat living in Kuwait?
    Fine. I'd hate to be revered or despised on a daily basis; either is not much fun, from my own memories - this is the fifth country I've worked in. I want to be treated like a normal human being and not a freak or incumberance. So far, so very good.

    21. Do you have any tips for Expats moving to Kuwait?
    Bring Marmite and lots of indoor entertainment (for when it gets hot). Also bring an open mind and some patience, smiles, humour.

    22. What do you like about living in Kuwait and what do you dislike?
    I like the lifestyle - it suits me. I like the tax-free salary and I actually like the roads: They're not crazy, just a little hectic. A bit like when I learnt to drive in central London, except less traffic. You have to adjust your driving habits here, just like in any large city - you are either a bully or you're bullied. Here I notice and acknowledge politeness.
    I like the people and I like the way people treat each other with respect. I like it that I, as an immigrant, am not openly resented like I often would be in lots of other countries. I like the lack of alcohol sold in supermarkets, gas/petrol stations, corner shops, bars, (demoralizing) clubs, pubs, restaurants etc (I'm a drinker BTW). I like the choices of cheeses and pretend bacon. I like the sunshine. I like the subsidised fuel (he says, looking eagerly at the muscle cars in the streets - which will I buy?). I like the openness to other cultures, and that people have a choice as to whether they want to follow and be absorbed in a culture and religion or not. I like it that expats talk about how long they're been here using years and it's usually over 5. I like the happy taxi drivers from Asia.

    I dislike the lack of Marmite.
    I also dislike the fact that Patak's sauce in the supermarket works out at about $8 a jar, when I can get my friendly local curry place to give me their fresh sauce for free! I'd rather they sold their fresh sauce in the supermarkets and took a nice cut. Could this be done?

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  33. 1. What is your nationality and how long have you worked in Kuwait?
    US, 3 years

    2. What company do you work for and are you happy with your job?
    I really love my job. I work with some great folks, both Kuwaitis and westerners.

    3. Are you satisfied with your employment package? (Benefits, Wages, Living Allowance, Housing, Privileges, etc.?)
    Absolutely, but I’m glad I work for an American corporation. I have heard some horror stories from folks who work directly for Kuwaiti companies. As in late pay, vacations and other promised benefits yanked, etc.

    4. Are you able to save money while living in Kuwait?
    A ton. Not buying liquor helps (and hurts ).

    5. Do you find the cost of living high compared to your home country?
    Real estate is inflated. When I was house shopping years ago Kuwait ranked right up there with the likes of major US cities for rent prices. Luckily my company pays. Local food is very cheap, western groceries can be expensive. Nobody has yet mentioned how expensive consumer goods are here. The same item you could buy in the states will cost 3-4 times as much here. The joke is that they just convert the “USD” in the price tag to “KWD” without changing the number (1 KWD = 3.6 USD). In other words a ten dollar toy will cost 36 dollars here.

    6. What telephone / Internet company do you use and are you satisfied with the price and service?
    Zain for phone, no complaints. Actually, the way they do phone contracts here is preferable to the states. Fastelco for internet. I used to be happy with them, but lately I have been “throttled” and not getting what they promised. The internet in general here is very poor compared to the US. I would like a better line, but I am limited by the capabilities of my neighborhood, or so I am told.

    8. Where do you live in Kuwait and do you have a housekeeper, nanny or cook?
    We have a terrific Nanny/maid and we pay her about 4 times what a Kuwaiti family would pay a maid.

    9. What is your favorite restaurant in Kuwait and how often do you eat out?
    I used to eat out often, but lately have been living healthier and rarely eat out. I love the local food, Persian, Lebanese and Turkish. I find that a lot of American and European food is not good and just doesn’t taste the same. I have heard that it is partly due to different ingredients, but suspect that it is also that the poor Indian cook in the kitchen has no idea how to properly prepare, say, Italian food.

    10. How often do you order food to your home? Do you use an online delivery service? What is your favorite place to order from?
    Twice a month or so. 6alabat and ieatonline are both great choices.
    cont.

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  34. 11. Do you find it easy to make friends as a newbie?
    Somewhat, westerners can be cliquish, and Kuwaitis can be very private when it comes to family life. Just like anywhere it is related to how much effort you expend. Since I have my family here I don’t have as much incentive to try.

    15. How often do you travel outside of Kuwait and to what country?
    I travel from Kuwait 4-5 times a year. I have had fantastic vacations around the gulf, to Europe and Asia. I return to the US once a year. Kuwait is really like living on an island, since you are hemmed in by Iraq and Saudi. If you are the type to get ‘island fever’, you probably won’t like it here.

    17. What mall is your favorite and how often do you go shopping?
    360 for proximity and being less crowded.

    18. What do you do in your free time while living in Kuwait?
    Waste time writing on blogs.  Seriously, people complain about the lack of activities here, but that is not fair. There is a lot to do, just maybe not exactly what you did back home.

    19. Do you find the Kuwaitis friendly?
    Most are polite, reserved and hospitable. They seem to place a great value on appearance and bearing. It is a nice change from the sloppy throw on the sweats and head to wal mart crowd. They are not superficially friendly like folks in the states. They generally keep family life very separate from work and do not share much in that regard. There are, unfortunately, a few who give Kuwaitis the bad reputation you read about on blogs. They usually come in the form of men behind the wheel or women acting pushy in public.

    20. How do you get treated as an Expat living in Kuwait?
    Occasionally preferentially, but that occurs more when I have my kids with me. Kuwaitis love family and kids can be a terrific ice breaker. The most stern bin laden look-a-like can become a goofball around children.

    21. Do you have any tips for Expats moving to Kuwait?
    Be patient with the new-to-Kuwait transition. It gets much better.

    22. What do you like about living in Kuwait and what do you dislike?
    Likes-
    -My job; it is somewhat unique and I could not do it elsewhere
    -High salary and benefits for my ‘hardship’ tour
    -No taxes or bills
    -My kids are getting to see and experience many cultures
    -Lots of time off and travel
    -Fantastic school for the kids
    -Having help at home [very rare in the US]
    -It’s been an adventure; not the humdrum existence of most of my peers at home

    Dislikes-
    -Driving here is dangerous; a mix of some who barely know how to drive with others who act like they own the road
    -Racism and classism pervades all facets of society, even if I am not directly affected. Westerners are guilty too [see contemptuous Canadian engineering dude’s post above]
    -The air quality is extremely unhealthy
    -The bureaucracy, trying to get anything done can be a nightmare, especially with the ministries
    -The inconvenience; sometimes what would be the simplest of tasks in the states can become a huge endeavor here. But, hey, that is also part of the adventure

    -HK

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  35. Justin ~ I didn't get your comment with # 1 - 12. :( Did something go wrong with Blogger when you tried to comment? Can you resend sweetie?

    Thank you for participating. Great answers! :D

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  36. HK ~ Thank you very much for commenting. I wish you and your family a very lovely stay in Kuwait. :)

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  37. Hi, I tried sending a few times but Bloggerittis set in!

    1. What is your nationality and how long have you worked in Kuwait?
    British; 0.5 of a year

    2. What company do you work for and are you happy with your job?
    I work with some passionate, intelligent and interesting people - very happy.

    3. Are you satisfied with your employment package? (Benefits, Wages, Living Allowance, Housing, Privileges, etc.?)
    Yes; free housing, transport to/from work, no bills and tax-free living increase my gross 100+% compared to living in the UK.

    4. Are you able to save money while living in Kuwait?
    Absolutely.

    5. Do you find the cost of living high compared to your home country?
    About the same, except for #3, I think. I haven't 'lived' in my home country for years so I just go with the flow..
    ETA: I find buying cheap stuff is a false economy as it will often break/tear/die very quickly

    6. What telephone / Internet company do you use and are you satisfied with the price and service?
    The internet is provided and is generally excellent. I use 'Watyacallinfo?' for mobile coverage..

    7. Are you a foreign exchange student in Kuwait?
    Nope

    8. Where do you live in Kuwait and do you have a housekeeper, nanny or cook?
    South Kuwait, and I have far too much time to not clean and cook myself

    9. What is your favorite restaurant in Kuwait and how often do you eat out?
    Rarely, as I'd never cooked fish before and I'm learning new recipes. My favourite places are my local Indian curry houses

    10. How often do you order food to your home? Do you use an online delivery service? What is your favorite place to order from?
    I never order in - although I might do when it gets really hot.

    11. Do you find it easy to make friends as a newbie?
    My appalling attempts have so far borne fruit

    12. How long do you plan on working in Kuwait?
    I don't see that horizon anywhere near.

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  38. Justin ~ Loool, I love your sense of humor. :D

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  39. I loved reading this and even though I'm not westerner I can relate to most of it. On another note, my blog is extremely well received by my US folks and friends. Encouraging and kind even though I'm miles away. On the other hand I find breaking the ice in Kuwait quiet difficult specially so as an expat. Its good to see local talent and I personally promote it a lot but expats don't get the same attention. I shd find time and fill in those answers '-)

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  40. Journey Kitchen ~ I really hope you will find the time to answer the questions. I would love to read your answers. I am sure you have many American fans of your blog because it's amazing!

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  41. I'm getting ready to move to Kuwait as a contractor. I'm moving from the states and I am a big football fan. How is the tv stations over there? Can you view the football games over in the states? I was also told by some ppl it is best to get an unlocked cell phone for cell phone service in Kuwait. I'm not really concerned with the social life over there as I am a big movie buff and love my videogames (ps3 etc.) How is the electronics prices in Kuwait?

    Any info would be great,

    Thanks

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  42. Anonymous 2:27 ~ Please email me at expatandthecity@gmail.com and I will respond to your questions when I return from my vacation. :)

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  43. Can you be culturally Jewish and live comfortably in Kuwait as a contractor?

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  44. Anonymous ~ I believe you can but I wouldn't advertise your religion. Anything from Israel (imports, citizens) are not allowed in Kuwait. If there is a fruit stamped "From Israel" they freak out. LOL!

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  45. I understand that Johns Hopkins has just (Dec 2011) entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Health to provide support for 5 years to 4 hospitals: Amiri, Farwaniya, Jahra and Adan to bring them to the level of certification required by USA hospitals.

    What are these hospitals like now? Do they need the help? Are there other hospitals? What are they like?

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    1. A little late to a not so distant posting on an old subject. I had the 'opportunity' to go to the ER with a friend in this country and to say the least it was horrendous, so John Hopkins has a HUGE job ahead of them. Doctors were talking on mobiles whilst many bloodied patients lay in filthy conditions waiting to be seen where carts full of dirty linens and hospital dressings were all over the floor. The place was filthy and as I looked over I saw nurses lift their filthy masks to sneeze in the air as they chatted to one another or on their mobiles as patients in need of care waited their assistance. It was a scene out of a horrer movie worse than any county hospital in the USA.

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    2. Really? That's horrible. I only go to private in Kuwait.

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  46. Anonymous ~ I believe you are referring to Government Hospitals. I only go to private clinics or hospitals because I feel more comfortable. You can check out the list on my link list(right side bar). :)

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  47. I'm not European/US but as I would glad if I am allowed to post as an expat :)

    1. What is your nationality and how long have you worked in Kuwait?
    Singaporean - A month

    2. What company do you work for and are you happy with your job?
    Prefer not to say but I onsite at our customer office here :)

    3. Are you satisfied with your employment package? (Benefits, Wages, Living Allowance, Housing, Privileges, etc.?)
    Just fair.

    4. Are you able to save money while living in Kuwait?
    Yes, at least at the moment.

    5. Do you find the cost of living high compared to your home country?
    Higher.

    6. What telephone / Internet company do you use and are you satisfied with the price and service?
    Phone - Wataniya - Bad
    Internet - Apt internet. Looking for 1.

    7. Are you a foreign exchange student in Kuwait?
    No

    8. Where do you live in Kuwait and do you have a housekeeper, nanny or cook?
    Bnaid Al-Qar. Housekeeper.

    9. What is your favorite restaurant in Kuwait and how often do you eat out?
    6alabat.com. Would glad if someone can suggest me good place as I am new to kuwait :)

    10. How often do you order food to your home? Do you use an online delivery service? What is your favorite place to order from?
    Always. 6alabat.com

    11. Do you find it easy to make friends as a newbie?
    Yes but i didn't have that friendly face. :(

    12. How long do you plan on working in Kuwait?
    1 year as my contract.

    13. Are you here with your family?
    No

    14. Do you date in Kuwait?
    No but If have a chance, it should be great.

    15. How often do you travel outside of Kuwait and to what country?
    No at the moment but planning for that.

    16. Did you move to Kuwait because you married a Kuwaiti and what is it like for you?
    No

    17. What mall is your favorite and how often do you go shopping?
    Avenue. Just for groceries :P

    18. What do you do in your free time while living in Kuwait?
    Walking alongside beach since my apt is near to the TGI Friday :P

    19. Do you find the Kuwaitis friendly?
    Cannot decide yet as I am surrounded by Pakistani, Indian and other Arabs ppl at my workplace.

    20. How do you get treated as an Expat living in Kuwait?
    Bad as first impression of them to me is that i am a Filipino :(
    But once they know i am not, they treat me well :)

    21. Do you have any tips for Expats moving to Kuwait?
    Expect the unexpected.

    22. What do you like about living in Kuwait and what do you dislike?
    Like - Relax country. Nice beaches. Islam is practice in modest - Not as strict as Saudi or too loose as UAE.
    Dislike - As per mentioned by others - pollution, traffic, wasta system, irrelevent rules.

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    1. Very intersting answers! Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. :)

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  48. I've seen at least a couple of people mention the bad air quality here as something that they dislike.
    Aside from dust storms, I don't really see what the problem is?
    For the past 3 years I lived in Cairo, and I think it will take a long while for my lungs to fully recover! The air here in Kuwait is lovely in comparison. Even by itself I think it's fine.
    I come from the States, having lived in California, and even there the air quality is very bad in places, much worse than here in Kuwait!

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    1. The air quality in Cairo is horrific. When I flew in the last time I could see the pollution cloud and it was freaky. I think Kuwait's dust is quite dangerous because of what is inside. Toxic particles to the max. I would always wear a mask whenever there is a dust storm in Kuwait.

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  49. Hi,

    I'm trying to post a comment on your blog the one about living in
    Kuwait. I think it's an old blog from 2011. But it won't take my post, perhaps you can post it. It's the following:

    1. I’m an American of Puerto Rican and Mexican ethnicity.

    2. I love my job and I work on one of the military bases. Contract
    will remain nameless.

    3. I’m more than satisfied with the benefits. I have a shared vehicle between 2 of us for now. Own apartment although if we were the same gender we would probably have to share 1 apartment because the contract is only 9 months.

    4. Yes I’m able to save money because the company pays for everything(housing, vehicle, fuel, internet, work cell) except food and personal cell phone service.

    5. Yes the cost of living is higher than in the U.S. but I think after you factor in the taxes we pay in the U.S. it is almost even. Although a lot of clothing is more expensive here in Kuwait. Gas is really cheap.

    6. I use Zain for cell phone and also have an Internet hotspot for
    company use but I use the WIFI off my smartphone text the U.S. using the “What’s App” free app and Skype for $2.99 a month unlimited subscription to the states. Zain is company provided so I don’t know what it costs.

    7. I’m not a foreign exchange student.

    8. I live in Mahboula and the company provides a weekly housekeeper to look after the apartment whether it’s occupied or not.

    9. My favorite restaurant is Sabaidee Thai cuisine in Mahboula.

    10. I don’t order take out food I dine in only.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences in Kuwait on this blog. I really appreciate it and wish you all the best! :)

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  50. 11. It’s hard making friends here even with fellow Americans, so don’t blame the Kuwaiti’s. I think it’s due to the lack of social gathering places such as bars and clubs. People are not just going to strike up conversation with a passerby because of fear that you may be interrupting their day. This is why bars and clubs are great for meeting people because you all know that you are there to meet people and socialize and it takes away the awkwardness. I think if perhaps I was enrolled in some classes or sports it would be easier to find people to chill with. I considered going bowling once but I don’t even go bowling in the States plus I suck at it, so there went that idea.

    12. I plan to be here 2 more months and then my contract is over.

    13. I’m not here with family…riding solo.

    14. I dated a Kuwaiti girl once, but it worked out better as a friendship.

    15. I haven’t left Kuwait to travel but I would have if my contract were longer. Or if my friend would have told me about that upcoming Snoop Dogg concert in Dubai this New Year’s Eve…SMH…too late now.

    16. Nope I would never move to Kuwait if I married a Kuwaiti….she
    would have to move to the States with me.

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  51. 17. My favorite mall is The Avenues because it’s so big and good for exercise and people watching. I never buy anything except electronics
    and food because the clothes seems more expensive than in the States.

    18. In my free time I usually go walk around the mall or walk around LuLu’s looking at the massive food selection and trying new snacks in
    cool packages. And I stay on the internet on my free-time.

    19. I’ve only met 2 Kuwaiti’s one at the Texas Roadhouse (thanks to the non-alcoholic bar section they have). Kuwait needs more bar-like restaurants because this forces people to talk to each other because of close proximity.

    Anyway the Girl my co-worker and I met was fantastic. She was with her sister and they were both extremely friendly (after I made small talk first of course) We exchanged numbers and eventually went out to one of those shisha smoking places (my first time smoking that stuff)We ordered food had great conversation and she paid for everything for both my co-worker and I, which we did not expect but she wouldn’t have it any other way. My experience with other Kuwaiti’s is limited because you don’t get opportunity to mingle with them. Perhaps if they worked regular jobs but it seems none of them work retail or waitressing or anything like that where you would get more chance to exchange words.

    20. I get treated just fine as an American Latina. Haven’t been mistreated yet but then again I’m almost always with my male coworker so I don’t know if this would make a difference if I was alone.

    21. Tips for expats moving to Kuwait::: Don’t be afraid to go out and explore with a buddy of course safety first. Expect to be treated the same as anywhere else in the civilized areas of the U.S. Sad part about Kuwait is if you look Filipino and talk with an accent you will probably be treated badly. I’ve had American Filipino co-workers speak of their experiences in Kuwait. Kuwaiti’s will jump in front of them when waiting in line because I guess they think they have more important things to do. My American Filipino co-worker went off on the guy and told him that he fought for Kuwait in the gulf war and that he demands some respect ( the co-worker was a retired first sergeant). The Kuwaiti man didn’t apologize but he did back off and go to the end of the line.

    22. I have a longer list of dislikes than likes. I like that you can haggle for cheaper prices at that produce section across from Sultan Center. Fuel prices are great. I don’t like all the garbage everywhere, the never-ending construction, and the driving is too crazy. I HATE the treatment of Asian expats. I don’t like that there isn’t many parks. I don’t like the summer heat. I don’t like that people park where ever when ever and police don’t make their selves seen to discourage it. I don’t like how dis-orderly children act in public places even though we do have that in the States. I was attacked by a group of 4 children (yes children age 7 to 10) at the Sultan center in Hawalli. The parents were nowhere to be found. I feel like I have seen more children act up against adult strangers here then anywhere in the States.

    The above 3 comments were published by E&TC Blog because the reader emailed us and asked up to help.

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  52. What is your nationality and how long have you worked in Kuwait?

    Hiya I’m British and I’ve been here since 15 Dec 2012, so still very new!

    2. What company do you work for and are you happy with your job?

    Rental power company in the oil fields and a bit of local hires, done the RED BULL thing last week at the Towers that was fun.


    3. Are you satisfied with your employment package? (Benefits, Wages, Living Allowance, Housing, Privileges, etc.?)

    Yerh, not to bad beats paying 40% tax in the UK!

    4. Are you able to save money while living in Kuwait?

    Kind of, did get a bit side tracked in avenues and 360 when I 1st arrived, but settled down a bit now LOL

    5. Do you find the cost of living high compared to your home country?

    Apart form silly fuel prices back in the UK kind of about the same

    6. What telephone / Internet company do you use and are you satisfied with the price and service?

    Apartment comes with Wataniya and mobi is on Zain, company pay so yes I am happy with that, but as many folk I want faster, less buffer times etc.

    7. Are you a foreign exchange student in Kuwait?

    No over 40 now so only at Uni in my mind

    8. Where do you live in Kuwait and do you have a housekeeper, nanny or cook?

    Mangaf on the sea front, no cook but a maid comes every Friday, again company pay.

    9. What is your favourite restaurant in Kuwait and how often do you eat out?

    Most of our engineers are Filipino so I take them Mario’s in F’Heel every Thursday night for a bit of a blowout hair down session.

    10. How often do you order food to your home? Do you use an online delivery service? What is your favourite place to order from?

    Nope I tend to cook, have tried to order on both online and over the phone and it’s just hard work and takes forever

    11. Do you find it easy to make friends as a newbie?

    Not really as I always seem to be working, so mainly just the engineers that work for me

    12. How long do you plan on working in Kuwait?

    5-10 yrs., but haven’t done a summer yet so that may well become months and not years

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    1. 13. Are you here with your family?

      No they are back in the UK but they will come over April for a couple of weeks and I’ll go back for Christmas and that

      14. Do you date in Kuwait?

      Nope

      15. How often do you travel outside of Kuwait and to what country?
      about every 2 months with work, but only middle east
      16. Did you move to Kuwait because you married a Kuwaiti and what is it like for you?

      17. What mall is your favourite and how often do you go shopping?

      Avenues for a mall, but Fahaheel for a laugh as they sell some really bad knock off stuff down there.

      18. What do you do in your free time while living in Kuwait?

      Movies, Books, keep fit (well that’s what I tell myself I’m doing) and just watching the hustle and bustle go by.

      19. Do you find the Kuwaitis friendly?

      Not at all, ignorant as hell

      20. How do you get treated as an Expat living in Kuwait?

      Ok by other expats but not by any of the Arab’s they are just too screwed to understand. Its coming up to this national liberation day but when they Iraq were here all they did was hide or run away. I was very close by from April-Aug 90 and they were shameful to say the least!

      21. Do you have any tips for Expats moving to Kuwait?

      Take a defence driving course before you come, as it’s bloody manic here

      22. What do you like about living in Kuwait and what do you dislike?

      Money and Kuwaiti’s

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    2. Thank you for sending me your answers to the questions via email. I posted anonymously for you because I didn't want to use your name.

      It makes me sad that you feel that way about all Kuwaitis. There are good and bad ones just like in every other country. I'm about to post about a Kuwaiti Hero that fought for his country during the war and paid with his life.

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    3. Anonymous:

      45% of Kuwaitis stayed in Kuwait when Iraq invaded and fought for their country.... so nearly HALF of Kuwaitis stayed in Kuwait when Iraq invaded.

      You are so ignorant.

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  53. Mr blogger, you are doing a very nice work and i appreciate ur effort. my questions:
    what of the expats from Africa? i am from Nigeria and i would love to come to kuwait in the next few months, but i want to know about the work permit / residence permit. how do they treat the blacks and what kind of jobs can give me job security? i am a social and preserved guy who likes sports alot and want to know more about hooking up with friends there b4 coming

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    1. I would contact an employee agency for the work and residence permit information. You will need to secure a job before you come to Kuwait. I wish you the very best of luck.

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