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Things To Consider Before Moving To Kuwait

Posted by Hilite Homes Real Estate Agency on April 7, 2020
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  1. Kuwait May Be Hotter Than Any Other Country

When people think of the Middle East, I am sure they are imagining a vast desert with a scorching sun and to some extent, this is true. Kuwait is made up mostly of the sandy Arabian Desert, with a very small cityscape. I thought I was prepared for the heat after growing up in a tropical city in South Africa but I was still taken by surprise.

During the summer months, the temperature can reach 50 degrees Celsius but really this shouldn’t scare you. Unless you are accepting a job offer where you need to be outdoors all day, the weather will barely affect you. Every place in Kuwait is air-conditioned and the average person doesn’t spend much time outside in the summertime. Stores are open until 10pm, so most people do their shopping in the evening and some banks also open from 5pm to 8pm.

When I first arrived, I thought the weather would never cool down, but the temperature does drop and the change in weather is quite dramatic. October and November are the perfect months for beach barbecues, pool parties and seaside brunches. December and January are considerably colder (below 10 degrees Celsius) but overall, the weather in Kuwait is quite bearable.

Moving to Kuwait can be the best or worst experience of your life depending on your mindset. The key to enjoying life in Kuwait is to be accepting of local culture, religious tolerance and being open to adapting to the lifestyle. This part of the world isn’t all war zones and conflict; think sand dune bashing and camping in the desert, countless hours smoking shisha in the souq and meeting many interesting people from all walks of life.

Life in Kuwait has its ups and downs, just like anywhere else in the world but remember that there are many good experiences to be had in this little country. If you reach out, you will find them. If you never try, you will not know what adventures you are missing.

  1. Driving License in Kuwait

The other key factor to keep in mind is that international driving licenses are not accepted in Kuwait as is. These will also need to be legalized if you intend on driving in the country.

To qualify to get a driving license in Kuwait, you must meet the following requirements.
• Be a university graduate.
• Earn a monthly salary of not less than KD 600.
• Be a resident of Kuwait for not less than two years since your first entry.
• Receive exemption from any or all the above requirements if you belong to some specified professions.
• Pass an eye test
• Pass a driving test.

For Detailed Article Please Check this link – What Are The Eligibility Conditions For Applying Driving License In Kuwait?

Without Car the life is quite boring in Kuwait

  1. Accommodation
    There has been a construction boom in Kuwait over the last 10 years, providing many different apartments and villas for expats to choose from. Almost all of the apartment buildings have a haris or manager on the building premises who will arrange for your trash to be taken out and your car washed for a small monthly fee. However, most buildings have limited parking spaces and amenities, so most renters are left to try to find a space wherever they can. Don’t be shocked when you come out to find someone blocking your car!

The Rents are Pretty High

  1. Life in Kuwait
    The pace of life in Kuwait is quite slow, and things will get done at a slower pace than you’re used to, especially if it’s regarding to government or paperwork. If you have a deadline for anything – a paper that needs a stamp or a visit visa about to expire, rest assured it will NOT come through on time. Try to get things done well in advance so you’re not left wanting.
    Social Life is Boring as there is nothing much to do other than shopping malls
    The cost of living is very high
  2. Visit Visa for Loved Ones
    All GCC Countries And other 53 countries will be granted visa on arrival in Kuwait, or they may take an e-visa prior to their arrival in Kuwait.
    Such countries include All European Union nations, Andorra, Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Georgia, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Swaziland, Switzerland, Turkey, United States, Vatican City and Vietnam.
    But for others, the one who is in Kuwait can apply for visit visa for their family after meeting certain requirements.
    You should have salary of 500 KD for applying visit visa
  • Visit Visa for wife and children will be 3 months.
  • Where as for parents and siblings the visit visa will be given only one month.
  1. Dependent Visa
    Everyone can not bring their family to Kuwait, you have meet certain requirements to bring your family.
    You can not bring your father and mother as your dependents, if your parents are dependent on you then Kuwait is not for you.
    Minimum salary required for applying dependent visa is 500 KD.

You can not sposnor your Children After 21 Years