Your very welcome. Taxi's are quite cheap here, but they wont have child seats. In Dubai I believe its possible to request child seats if you book a taxi. Dont think theyve got that far here yet. ( On kids safety in cars generally , well you will see for yourself)I dont go out a great deal. So not driving here isnt a problem. ( I prefer tp keep my sanity intact) Honestly there isnt a great deal to do here. There is however a fun fair & lots of families go to Green island I believe it has places to BBQ. Not sure what else but its very popular. Most things will be closed during the day as its Ramadan so your husband will be able to show you around in the evening when places reopen & its cooler. Lu lu's supermarket has an section with Indian clothes. I would suggest you try the large newer store. More parking & less crowded. A scarf will be fine, people may even appreciate you wearing one. Especialy with it being Ramadan. Ive taken your email address may be you could remove it as soon as possible to avoid spam. Anything else I can help with let me know.
Hi NeamhaiThank you so much for respondign to my post. I believe Ramadan is from 20th July to 20th August. I have no issues re the do's and don'ts during that time as will mostly in the apartment. I don't smoke, drink or eat pork :-)I also don't drive! So no problem there re concerns with how they drive here. But that does make it difficult for me as I'll be totally dependent on my husband to get around.I'll check out the BF stuff as you suggested. I dress pretty conservatively anyway ... we by western standards that's for sure, though I'm keen to go shopping and seeing what nice local clothes we can find. I'm particulalry keen to find nice Indian clothes shops as I love how they dress. I see the practicality of the clothes here too even tempted to wear a scarf when I go out as the sand is nasty!My husband has explained the male/female interaction do's and don'ts so I'm fine with that too.Re meeting, it would be nice just to have some people to spend time with since my husband works 6 days a week and I'll probably go a bit stir crazy. There is a pool at least in the apartment we're in but haven't checked it out yet. HOpefully we'll get out in the evenings when hubby gets home from work, and on the weekends of course.Not sure how you get around if you're not driving.How did you end up in Kuwait?You're welcome to email me directly on email@example.com if you prefer that form of contact. I'm also on Facebook :-)Looking forward to having a dialogue with you.CheersNicole
Hello Nicole,Sorry cant help with BF, as my kids are grown up now. If you try the Dubai forum they will give you tons of information about that. It will be almost the same in the UAE as it is here.The Ladies are incredibly helpful & will tell you everything you need to know. As for cultural do's & dont's I know I assumed there would be more strict or noticeable differences. To be honest I dont see them. I tend to cover up ( not an Abaya) . As I feel more comfortable as well as respecting any religious & cultural aspects. For example capri or cropped Another point is not to make eye contact with a man you arent acquainted with. But that point dosent seem to be upheld. Im sure you know there is no alcohol or pork on sale here. We dont find that a problem. Generally ladies dont wear swimming costumes or bikini's on the beach. Although I have seen them one or twice. Im sure youve been adviced about the driving. So if you intend to drive bring all the patience you posses & nerves of steel. Needless to say I wont drive here. Im English by the way, living in Salmiya with LSH long suffering husband. I would be happy to meet you although my knowledge of Kuwait isnt huge, I would be glad to help. If you need a baby sitter youve found her. Im a grandmother or Nanny as I prefer. Dont worry to much about etiquette, the people here love kids. You will be here at the hotest time of the year so be careful. Not sure when Ramadan is but I think you will be here for that also. Its always wise to be more sensitive at this time regarding what you wear. You will not be able to eat drink or smoke in public during the hours of fasting. Your children will be able to eat & drink but I dont see many children doing so. BF mothers may be exempt from this but I would say dont risk it. You can eat or drink while out if you park the car some where private. Sorry to go on. I know I was very anxious before I came here, so just wanted to say dont worry. Enjoy Kuwait !!!!!!!!!! Should say cropped trousers & a regular T shirt.edited by Neamhai on 22/06/2012
Hi allFirst time here. My husband works in Kuwait and my children and I will be visiting him for the first time in early July and staying 2 months. I would like to connect with other Australians there if possible, particularly mums, as he will be working most of the time. I also would like to connect to get more of an insight and understanding of the cultural do's and don'ts. One of the key concerns I have is regarding breast feeding in public places, as my son is 7 months and chances are I'll still be BF'ing him during that time. Of course I'd like to connect with non-Australians too so please contact me if you'd like to start a dialogueCheersNicole
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