Kuwait Tourism

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I have been in Kuwait for two years and it is one of the best middle eastern countries to work.  I have been to Oman, Bahrain, Saudi, Afghanistan and Qatar.  I must be honest, its not the best tourist spot under the current conditions.  But I did see some sheep in Kuwait 🙂

Lack of Manners, Respect & Consideration of others (mostly foreigners)

Some people in Kuwait are extremely rude with a lack of general concern for others around them.  I think it has to do with cultural differences and tension between foreigners of the many nations here and the locals.  Foreigners make up almost 70% of the population, so most of my experience with rude people with no manners are actually other foreigners, who are being paid extremely low wages, stressed out, and living from pay check to pay check to feed their family in another country.  The only consistent negative experience I have with actual Kuwaiti citizens is on the road.  The roads are filled with reckless, careless road hogs determined to kill themselves and/or others.

If are are coming to work, Kuwait is great.  If you are coming to visit and you don’t know a Kuwaiti with “wastah” (power/influence), then stay in your own country.

Kuwait was named as one of the world’s least friendly countries towards tourists in a global travel and tourism competitiveness survey by the World Economic Forum released this week.

Kuwait among Top 5 Unfriendliest Countries to Visit:

Attitude of population toward foreign visitors

(1 = very unwelcome; 7 = very welcome)

Unfriendly

1. Bolivia  4.1

2. Venezuela  4.5

3. Russian Federation  5.0

4. Kuwait  5.2

5. Latvia  5.2

6. Iran  5.2

7. Pakistan  5.3

8. Slovak Republic  5.5

9. Bulgaria  5.5

10. Mongolia  5.5

 

Friendliest

1. Iceland  6.8

2. New Zealand  6.8

3. Morocco  6.7

4. Macedonia, FYR  6.7

5. Austria  6.7

6. Senegal  6.7

7. Portugal  6.6

8. Bosnia and Herzegovina  6.6

9. Ireland  6.6

10. Burkina Faso  6.6

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/14/travel/friendly-countries

Why So Unfriendly in Kuwait?

My personal observation is that it is NOT unfriendly and it is totally FINE to tour kuwait as long as you are not Filipino, Sri Lankan, Bangladesh, Nepali, Pakastani, Palestinian, Afghani, Iraqi… Most other nationalities are fine.. OH, Indian.. not Indians.  Its hard to get into Kuwait and due to the crack downs that started in 2012, its not so friendly to certain foreigners.  You cannot blame the Kuwaiti government for trying to balance out the foreigner to citizen ratio.  The real people is some Kuwaiti “companies” that sponsor in foreigners for cheap labor.

Kuwait Tourism

Kuwait Tourism

The Kuwait Ministry plans to remove 1million foreigners with 10 years.  Right now they are focused on those with expired visas, or otherwise operating within Kuwait illegally.  But they are also cracking down for minor offenses such as traffic citations.  So far, about 12,000 foreigners in total have been ejected from the country over the last two years over driving misdemeanours and KD24m worth of fines issued.

“Kuwait said it will cancel “tens of thousands” of driving licenses belonging to former students and working housewives as part of the Gulf state’s latest crackdown on expats.” — Arab Business

“About 1,300 foreigners were deported last month over traffic violations, while authorities have cracked down on incorrect visas.” — ArabtimesAny foreign national wishing to work in Kuwait MUST have a working visa under a Kuwaiti sponsor.

http://news.kuwaittimes.net/301-arrested-in-ahmadi-raids/

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