The Ultimate Expat Guide in Kuwait

Whether you are a new expat to Kuwait, thinking of coming to Kuwait or have been in Kuwait for quite some time, this is for you.

Relocating to a new country can be a very tedious endeavor. With so many questions and queries, it is a monumental task that is best not undertaken alone.

We are here to inform you that you do not need to do it alone. There are several online resources of information readily available for every query you might have.

Networking in Kuwait

All from the comfort of your own PC

There are many forums that provide instantaneous feedback to all queries, the best of which are:

1) Expat-Blog (link)

2) InterNations (link)

There are also websites that give you information on the latest gatherings and events taking place for those that wish to expand their circle of acquaintances:

1) The Grape Vine Kuwait (link)

2) EEK Magazine (subscribe thru this link) ( a weekly mag for expats in Kuwait)

3) Bazaar Magazine (link) (also offers freelance writers a chance to get recognized, write up a story, email it to them, if its accepted you get paid!)

Buying a Car in Kuwait

Please proceed to the checkout counter

It is virtually impossible to import a vehicle into Kuwait without jumping through jungles and tangles of red tape. Your best option is to buy a motor vehicle here. You can browse prices on sites such as:

– www.q8car.com

– www.q8showroom.com

– www.kuwaitfridaymarket.com

– www.kuwaitsale.com

For peace of mind, some expats prefer buying used cars from Licensed sellers i.e. Agencies with used cars, such as:

http://www.kfh.com/en/commercial/cars/used-cars.aspx

http://www.alsayercertified.com/

http://www.alghanim.com/corpweb/Automotive/VehicleSales/UsedCars/index.htm

http://www.autoalmulla.com/almulla_auto/select/index.html (website is old, has not been updated)

For rentals:

http://www.alsayeronline.com/eng/carrental/carrental.asp

http://www.nationalkw.com/

Other Rental offices (link) (phone numbers are available on this link, you may try Googling the name for a website)

Getting a Job in Kuwait

Congratulations! You are employed!

Certain countries citizens are allowed visa on arrival at Kuwait International Airport (link); those countries as of right now are:

The United States of America, The United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, NewZealand, Japan, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Monaco, The Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Brunei Singapore, Malaysia, HongKong, South Korea,  China, Poland.

For everyone else, you need a job. Unless you are visiting from a neighboring GCC country, then the following professions are allowed visa on arrival:

Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer, Teacher, Judge, Consultant, Members of Public Prosecution, University Teacher, Journalist, Press & Media Staff, Pilot, System Analyst, Pharmacist, Computer Programmer, Manager, Businessman, Diplomatic Corps, Owners, Managers & Representative of Commercial Companies & Establishments, University Graduates

Everyone else needs a job. How do you find a job in Kuwait? Simple, you go online and APPLY, the best sites available being:

www.bayt.com

www.career-hunters.com

www.q8cv.com

www.monstergulf.com

www.kuwait.jobs-career-listing.com

Or, easily, Google your field and type Kuwait to get a direct link to companies in need of candidates. Add your CV to the pool, if you are not successful, at least you are in their database for any future openings.

Hotels in Kuwait

Whether you are looking for hotels or furnished apartments, the next best alternative to booking.com is Kuwait’s very own super useful e.gov website, with the following (link) detailing the names & numbers of all hotels in the Kuwait area, with specific locations. Again, for further info, try running the name of any given hotel on Google to see if a website is available, otherwise call and inquire about rates etc.

Payment of electricity bills, telephone bills, Traffic & Immigration fines, Civil ID Fines etc in Kuwait

Ka-Ching!

(These are all done through the www.e.gov.kw website)

– Electricity (link)

– Telephone (link)

– Traffic & Immigration (link)

– Civil ID (link)

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