Cost of Living
In general, products from Kuwait and neighbouring countries represent very good value for money whilst imported goods tend to be very expensive.
Petrol is much cheaper than water and is just 70 fils a litre (May 2014). Cars are also cheaper but electronic items tend to be of similar prices to those in the UK.
Accommodation can be very reasonable with prices starting at around 260KD for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city centre and 160KD for an apartment outside the city centre. and 450KD for 3 bedroom apartments outside the city centre. If you are looking inside the city centre, prices starting at around 500KD for apartments. Of course you can easily pay 2 or 3 times as much for a larger property with more facilities.
Water, electricity and landline phone are very cheap. Most apartments include water and electricity with ren. Price for a landline phone is 30KD per month. internet will set you back around 20KD a month.
The minimum taxi fare in Kuwait is 1-1.5KD. Shuttle services are also available in certain areas for 30KD per month.
Food shopping can be reasonable if you purchase local fruits and vegetables, bread etc. However, eating out can be quite a costly affair- although you will not have the added cost of alcoholic beverages!
Schooling, clothing and after school activities/beach clubs can also put a dent in your wallet. Try to negotiate school fees in your contract if possible, shop in the sales and try to negotiate a discount on your beach club membership if at all possible!
If you chose to be careful with your money, you may be able to save a good percentage of your tax free earnings whilst living in Kuwait.