If you are from a GCC country, America, Africa or anywhere in Europe you can have an ok time in Kuwait. If you are from Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal then you will have a hard time getting here and living here.
I am an American and I have been here in Kuwait one year. I want to give my honest opinion of this country. First of all, I feel safe in Kuwait. I am a black man and have never had a problem.. I experience more racism in my own country than here. It seems to be a bonus to be black here.. which is a big surprise because most places I have been in the world are not that way. My filipino, Indian and Bangladesh friends seem to have the opposite feeling about Kuwait. They don’t have anything good to say about it except that the money is good.. and most times not even that. Its because they are treated bad by locals. I have seen it and its really a shame, because there are some very good moderate Muslims here and I am sure many Kuwaitis are very good people.
With all the positive talk out of the way.. I will be completely frank. There are MANY rude and impatient people here.
Kuwait is a place that I don’t think I would ever visit without having a high paying job here. That being said, its better than some other middle east countries that I have been to. I have enjoyed it more than Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, but I liked Bahrain and Qatar better. It is really not inviting to tourists.
If you are reading this and you are thinking, “then go home to your own country..” don’t worry I will. I am just being completely honest of what I have seen.
But I want to be fair. I think if you are Kuwaiti or know someone with “Wasta” (power) then you could have a pretty good time in Kuwait. I know some that said that they got in good with the locals and had a great time.
The laws make it hard to feel comfortable. Kuwait has a sponsorship system. That means that foreigners must be sponsored by Kuwaiti person to live here. The Kuwaiti citizen takes responsibility for the foreigner.. the kuwaiti then has some control over their passport and whether that person will stay in the country and how long. So this system is abused by many companies and citizens. Domestic Helpers have it very bad because the person that they do house work for is usually a citizen. They are not professionals and have very little accountability. This leaves room for all kinds of physical, sexual, psychological abuse that is common among Domestic Helpers.
It is against the law to distribute alcohol. It is still done and people do drink but very discretely. If you know someone you can get into private parties. There are no clubs in Kuwait but there are private invite only discrete parties. If you know someone that can get you in on that scene.
Its not a tourist type place but if you really want you can have fun here and really experience a unique culture. If you are Filipino, Indian, Bangladesh I would never come here without a good job or someone you know and trust that can care for you. If you are American or from the west, you can come but there is really not much to do here for fun that is not illegal.
What people do here mostly is go to coffee shops, and hang out at the mall. But You could site see at places like Kuwait Towers, you could go golfing on a green in the middle of the desert, you could find private parties on Yachts, you could go camel riding, go to the Aqua Park and some other things.
The last think I will say is that the roads here are deadly. I have seen two people die on the road right before my eyes. I have seen cars on fire and buses flipped. There does not seem to be much of a drivers test and not much regulation of the roads and infrastructure. Also, there are many from third world countries that probably never drove before the came to Kuwait.
Be prepared to be cut when in line.. don’t take it personal.. its their country so they have the right of way.. right?
For some reason a lot of filipinas get raped here.. I really don’t understand that but if you do a quick google search its pretty bad.
So what is good about kuwait? There are great muslims here.. some of the best people I have met have been muslims of every race and every shade. It is really an honor to have met such great people of faith. Also, there is opportunity for progression in careers and/or work.