Kuwait is not green like other countries. In Kuwait, the summer sun scorches most plants into crisps, and the winter can be cold! It’s a desert, and it doesn’t have the warm brown sand color like the pictures of Dubai. Kuwait’s sand is a light beige. At first glance, you can see it as a dull and unpleasant place to be. But after a while, you start to see Kuwait with vibrant colors. For me, this country brought me my husband and child. If you’re thinking of moving to the Middle East, here are three reasons why Kuwait should be your destination.
1. Kuwait is the best of the Arab Gulf to save up some cash (AKA Dinars)
Most expatriots leave their lives in their home countries to move to the Arab Gulf for money. Yes, money is still a very good reason to live in the Gulf. Living a life of no taxes makes a happy difference to your bottom line. Mind you, you will break the budget if you seek the extravagant life that Dubai sells. In Kuwait, rent is affordable and food is relatively cheap compared to its neighbors. Saudi Arabia is also reasonable for the budget-oriented, but too many restrictions can reduce quality of life. Just always remember to live within your budget in the gulf and keep the focus on saving or you might become a long-term dependent on the job you only wanted to do for a short time.
2. Find Love
Yes, you read that right. Live in Kuwait to find love. In Kuwait, almost 70% of the population are expatriots. This is a large proportion! If we were to select ten random people living in Kuwait, three would be Kuwaiti. The other seven who live far away from home build a community of their own upon arriving in this country to work. And within these communities, love happens. It is amazing how many couples I know met in Kuwait. No alcohol allowed in the country so perhaps it’s harder to make a fool of yourself in front of potential matches? I don’t know. And for those who are already committed, the friends you make in these communities are worth it.
My husband always reminds me, every country has it’s pros and cons, and I can see that with Kuwait, especially after living there for almost five years. Driving in the country is scary. The heat in the summer is overwhelming. Working with people from several different cultures around a single table is challenging. But Kuwait is a beautiful country because of its people. Though there are a few Kuwaitis I’ve met that aren’t the best the country has to offer, the Kuwaiti people are very welcoming, generous and kind. When they invite you to their homes for a meal, they will personally serve you. When they see that you have a child in arm while trying to get some work done at their ministries, they will step up to help and let you cut the line. I was invited to several Kuwaiti weddings after having a single conversations with each of them. They shared their food, their jokes, their stories, and their hearts with me, and I am thankful to have experienced Kuwait because of them. Make sure to interact with Kuwaitis and really get to know them, and you will have an unforgettable time in the country.