Living in Kuwait

Slaught3r

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Looking for some expats/guys who know something about living in Kuwait.

I am considering an offer from a bank in Kuwait, but I want to make sure I do all my homework. I basically have until Thursday to decide whether I want to follow through with the offer or not.

So my questions:
- How expensive is Kuwait really? I have done some research and it seems like the groceries cost more or less the same as local (except for meat).
- Furnished apartments... Yes or no? I see there is a massive difference between renting a furnished place vs not furnished. So I guess it comes down to how much it costs to furnish it yourself.
- I would be working in KC, Kuwait - where should I look at living? Which areas do I avoid?

Anyone with some input here? I would love to pick your brain...
 

saturnz

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Shari'ah Law governs the manner in which Muslim people conduct their lives, including banking. Islamic banking is deduced from the Shari'ah Law; hence it differs from conventional banking and forbids the payment or earning of interest, among other requirements.

Yeah that doesnt say much

It doesn't just forbid interest, that "other requirements" is the trick
 

eg2505

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Friend of mine mom lived there for a very long time and he would go visit.

Very very very hot.
Nothing to do beside shopping. You live in Restaurants, Coffee Shops and Malls.
Your a westerner. You are seen as such.
You get paid well because it is not a nice place to live for many.
Lots of praying during the day.
If you are a man, you will have it better than a woman.
Women have to wear an outfit, are frowned upon, treated like crap.
Appearance is everything.
Islamic principles. Would help to know how they function to avoid unnecessary trouble or at least what to expect.

This is the conclusion I have drawn from listening to his and his mom's experience. Sounded more like she lived also in a compound or apartment of sort. Women only. Mostly socialise within your apartment community.

Let your employer provide your accommodation.

Everyone's experience is different though and depends on your circumstances.

Would be interesting to hear what other say.

Not for me. Not thanks.
sure living in most Arab countries as a Westerner is exactly the same,

definitely pros, Money is awesome, little crime (mugging, rape, murders are quite rare).
Bureaucracy (DL, ID's and taxes) are probably super efficient.

but quite a few Negatives, especially if your a woman,
and even if you aren't, your a Westerner and I suppose your better than many of the (slave) Asians that do the hard work building
those beautiful buildings. but then again your a Westerner and seen as a more upmarket sort of Slave.

so take your pick, definitely positives, 100% agree, if you can ignore the Human rights abuses and the censorship, and oppressive laws,
and you take the money (Savings) and run..
 

MightyQuin

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Yeah that doesnt say much

It doesn't just forbid interest, that "other requirements" is the trick
Is it now...?

More semantics, hairsplitting and goalpost shifting re. sharia Law and Koran interpretation?? Who would've thunk?

Bottom line...Kuwait is not under Sharia law...banking is allowed under sharia law.
 

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There are tons of banks in the middle east. They just operate slightly differently. Interest is not allowed, profit share is, so they structure things differently. Even in SA you have Shariah compliant funds you can invest in for pension etc.
 

eg2505

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Kuwait practices a version of Sharia law, although not as strictly as somewhere like Saudi.

Kuwait​

Article 2 of Kuwait's constitution identifies Islamic Sharia as a main source of legislation.[95][127] According to the United Nations, Kuwait's legal system is a mix of British common law, French civil law, Egyptian civil law and Sharia.[128] The sharia-based personal status law for Sunnis is based on the Maliki fiqh and for Shiites, their own school of Islam regulates personal status.[129][130] Before a family court the testimony of a woman is worth half of that of a man.[129] Kuwait blocks internet content prohibited by Sharia.[131]

that last point might become a real issue, if its something that Islam frown upon.

 

MightyQuin

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in your opinion, unfortunately you are not in a position to issue rulings on the matter

"issue rulings"...? Jesus, listen to yourself. I quoted freely available info off of the internet, published by banks. on their websites.

and I was not the one that said Kuwait is under sharia law.[/B]
I did not say that you said it, did I? That is why I quoted @eg2505 ...but off on an tangent you go.
 

MightyQuin

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Kuwait practices a version of Sharia law, although not as strictly as somewhere like Saudi.

Kuwait​

Article 2 of Kuwait's constitution identifies Islamic Sharia as a main source of legislation.[95][127] According to the United Nations, Kuwait's legal system is a mix of British common law, French civil law, Egyptian civil law and Sharia.[128] The sharia-based personal status law for Sunnis is based on the Maliki fiqh and for Shiites, their own school of Islam regulates personal status.[129][130] Before a family court the testimony of a woman is worth half of that of a man.[129] Kuwait blocks internet content prohibited by Sharia.[131]

that last point might become a real issue, if its something that Islam frown upon.


Kuwait follows the "civil law system" modeled after the French legal system, Kuwait's legal system is largely secular.

Sharia law governs only family law for Muslim residents, while non-Muslims in Kuwait have a secular family law.
 

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Is your mind wright. Their is people that hate it after six months, but it you can save money, then it is good.
 

DA-LION-619

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Thanks everyone - will weigh up my options, but to be honest I am not sure I want to take up this offer, even though the money is VERY good.
I would also look at the networking benefit, MEA and such.
so take your pick, definitely positives, 100% agree, if you can ignore the Human rights abuses and the censorship, and oppressive laws,
and you take the money (Savings) and run..
lol
 

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I'd rather **** a camel again that go live in a muslim country where they treat women and nonmuslims as subhumans, no thanks.
 

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I'd rather **** a camel again that go live in a muslim country where they treat women and nonmuslims as subhumans, no thanks.
I've just come back from Egypt , and they treat non muslims better than muslims.

In Dubai too, like royalty.

Indonesia, i've seen men move out of the way for women and treated with much respect.

Kuwait I havent taken much notice but havent seen anything untoward women in general.

I think you have a problem with muslims in general.
 
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