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Kuwait Guide | Profile

Kuwait Guide | Profile

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Kuwait Guide | Profile

Welcome to Guide to Life in Kuwait

Here we take a look at all those things you'd like to know about living in Kuwait as an expat. We've got a country profile so you can get an overview of the country, a guide to which areas to live in, a list of sights to see and things to do, a link to the busy Kuwait Events page so you can see what kind of happenings are going on.

  • Guide to Renewing Your Driver’s Licence in Kuwait

    If your licence is up for renewal, here's some updated information on what documents you need and what the renewal procedure is like.

  • 11 Signs You Grew Up in Kuwait

    Have you spent part or all of your childhood in Kuwait? Here are some things you'll probably relate to and bring you down memory lane.

  • 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Kuwait

    If you're moving to Kuwait, you're probably trying to gather as much information as possible to prepare yourself for the transition. Here are 5 things a fellow expat in Kuwait wishes she knew before she moved that might help ease your mind.

  • Kuwait Work Permit

    All expatriates, with the exception of nationals of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, must obtain a work permit before they can take up employment in Kuwait. Work permits are only issued if the expatriate has a vaild employment offer. The employer then acts as a sponsor for the expat employee while she is working in Kuwait. We've got all the information and an insight into the procedure you have to undergo in order to get your work permit.

  • British Embassy Job Vacancy in Dubai

    The British Embassy in Dubai is looking for a Consular Prevention Coordinator to work on a 6 month fixed term full time contract. This role will be based in Dubai and starts immediately.

  • Visa Medical

    The application for the Kuwaiti work visa requires a written medical report as well as a number of tests. It will more than likely be organised through your employer's PRO, and they will give you details of the relevant medical center or clinic you need to visit to conduct your medical. If this isn't the case, you can have a visa medical through your personal GP or doctors clinic.

  • Residency Visa

    There is a lot of paperwork to sort out and the rules change quite frequently, so it is well worth enlisting the help of a "mandoub", who will be invaluable in knowing what to do, where to go, what to take and how much it all costs. In order to help things run as smoothly as possible, it is worth keeping a file with all requirements inside. Read about these specific requirements and more.

  • 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.

  • Charities and Support Groups

    Rich in various charity activities, the Kuwaiti State and citizens both work hard towards a variety of aims. For instance, they offer services to all people how need ir around the world, regardless of religion, homeland, gender or skin colour. The aim to provide the basic needs of food, drink, education and health and offer relief in afflicted areas of disasters, catastrophes, wars and famines.

  • Buying A Vehicle

    Many expats choose to buy a car in Kuwait as they are cheaper here than in most other countries. You will find that there is no hard sell from dealerships when buying a new car and pricing is fairly standard but there may be room for a bit of negotiation. There are lots of SUV's in Kuwait, partly because petrol is so cheap and also because the Kuwaitis love their cars!

  • Getting Married in Kuwait

    Expats are able to get married in Kuwait. First a certificate of No Impediment (CNI) is required to confirm that you have not been married previously or that your previous marriage has been terminated legally. You can obtain these certificates at your embassy in person where you must also show them that you have been legally resident in Kuwait for a minimum of 21 days.

  • Labour Law

    When living and working in Kuwait, we advise that you know or familiarise yourself with the labour laws enforced in the state. There are 3 main legal codes, which govern labour conditions in Kuwait. The employment conditions of civil servants are regulated and overseen by the Labour Law for Government employees. Those working in the oil industry are protected by the Labour Law of Oil Sector.

  • Public Holidays

    In Kuwait, the Hijra calendar is followed and therefore all Muslim festivals are timed according to the sightings of specific moon phases. Here we take a look at the holiday dates for Kuwait- including the fixed holidays and ones that are dependent on moon sightings. Make sure to have your diaries at the ready and check back each year for all your important dates as an expatriate in Kuwait!

  • Language

    We are so lucky in Kuwait that even though the official language is Arabic that English is very widely spoken and most signs are in English too! Although it does not hurt to learn a few Arabic phrases and words- it is really nice to make an effort to be polite and you will see a great response when you try! Here are some of the most useful ones that you should add to your vocabulary as an expat.

  • Charities and Support Groups

    Rich in various charity activities, the Kuwaiti State and citizens both work hard towards a variety of aims. For instance, they offer services to all people how need ir around the world, regardless of religion, homeland, gender or skin colour. The aim to provide the basic needs of food, drink, education and health and offer relief in afflicted areas of disasters, catastrophes, wars and famines.

  • Sponsoring a Maid in Kuwait

    Many families employ a maid to help with household duties either on a full or part time basis. The process is quite straight forward and involves the worker having the appropriate visa and sponsor which allows them to work as a domestic helper. Expat families residing in Kuwait may sponsor one full-time domestic employee. In order for a man to sponsor a maid, he must have his wife and children living with him. Maids must be aged between 20 and 50.

  • Paying your Utilities

    Here's all the information you should know about paying your utilities, who runs the services and how and when you should pay. Utilities in Kuwait are run by the Ministry of Electricity and Water Supply, and the system is reasonably easy to understand. You should receive just one bill that covers both your water and electricity supplies as it is very unusual to receive separate bills.

  • What To Wear As An Expat and How to Behave

    What you wear is a matter of personal choice and whilst expat women are not required to cover up with an abaya, a large amount of sensitivity should be considered to attract unwarranted attention or to cause offence. Generally covering the knees and shoulders when out in public is a must.

  • Business Etiquette

    For most businesses the working week runs from Sunday to Thursday, but for some this may be extended to a 5.5 or 6 day week, with Fridays being the rest day. Working hours vary too, a straight shift could be 8am or 9am to 4pm or 5pm, with Government hours being 7am to 2pm. A split shift may begin between 8am and 9am through to 12 or 1pm, resuming between 3pm and 5pm to 6pm or 8pm. Private companies often offer 30 days leave per year.

  • Property Hunting In Kuwait

    Under certain conditions, and with restrictions, expats can now buy property in Kuwait, however renting is still the usual option. Most employment contracts do provide a rental allowance. Monthly rentals can range from 300 KD for a small apartment to 2,000 KD for a large villa. There are furnished and unfurnished residences available all over the country and it goes without saying that you will pay more for those properties in popular areas.

  • Laws In Kuwait

    There are a few laws and rules that need to be observed in Kuwait that may have punishments that would not occur to you coming from a different country- here we take a closer look at them to make sure you don't get into any trouble whilst residing in Kuwait. Kuwait is a Muslim country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs.

  • Visit Visas in Kuwait

    This can be a somewhat tricky procedure if your visitor is not from one of the visit visa on arrival countries and the rules and regulations change regularly. We have summarised as much as possible below and given you links to resources to help you. Citizens of other GCC states have a right to enter and live in Kuwait without undergoing any particular formalities. Find out more here about the different policies and procedures you will need to follow to get a visit visa to Kuwait.

  • Internet Access in Kuwait

    There are several internet and telecom service providers in Kuwait. The media in Kuwait is among the most outspoken in the Gulf states, journalists self-censor on issues related to royal family. Kuwait is one of the fastest growing ICT markets in the region. Majority of the Kuwaiti population can afford to have Internet services at home, the reason the country has fewer Internet cafes than other Gulf countries.

  • Kuwait FAQS

    We have a packed section full of articles and features about all aspects of expat life in Kuwait. It's the central library, so to speak, of all the information you need to know, arranged in alphabetical order for you. It covers everything from schools to shopping malls, country club information, embassy lists, hospitals, pharmacies and so much more!

  • The Weather in Kuwait

    The weather in Kuwait is characterised by long, hot and dry summers and short, warm and sometimes rainy winters. Sand storms can be quite frequent in the springtime (March to May) and may occur with a rise in humidity during summer. There is a wide variation of temperature, ranging from an average of 45 deg C in summer to an average of 8 deg C in winter. Such climate fluctuation is often accompanied by a change in the annual rainfall.

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