Kuwait Info for the Potential Expat

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Population: app 4 million

Capital city: Kuwait isn’t big enough to have one, but downtown is referred to as Kuwait City.

Major airports: Kuwait (KWI), Fly Dubai (also coded KWI, so specify if you are going to this terminal)

Main tourist draws: There aren’t any. Really. There is no such thing as a ‘tourist visa’  here but some nationalities, including those from the United States, can get a visitor visa at the airport.

Exchange rate: 1 KD (dinar) = 3.27 USD (March 2017)

Weather: Hot. From April to October it is hot. Summers are 50C+ and that’s why I’ve never spent a summer here. Winter weather is actually really beautiful, unless there is a duststorm. No need for a coat, or even a jacket most of the time. Most apartments don’t have heat, so it can get a bit chilly inside, but it rarely reaches “cold” status outside.

Local cuisine: Machboos is chicken and rice with spices. Not sure how that qualifies as Kuwaiti cuisine, but they claim it does.

Beer: Hahahahaha!! Err, that would be illegal!! No alcohol served in Kuwait unless it’s bootleg.

There are a lot of websites out there about expat life in Kuwait. Here are a couple that might be helpful.

Expat Arrivals Kuwait

Internations Kuwait

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Mary Lyons
I have had incredible travel opportunities since moving overseas eleven years ago. I created this blog to share my experiences, what I've learned, and my mistakes and frustrations, in hopes of entertaining readers and helping people to create and plan their own travel opportunities.

2 thoughts on “Kuwait Info for the Potential Expat”

    1. Thanks! One of these days I’ll wander down to your office and introduce myself. There’s more to come. I haven’t written about all of the places I’ve visited yet.

I would love to know your thoughts!

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