Arabic

Living in Kuwait

CBS is located in Kuwait – a wonderful place to live. A comfortable and safe sovereign state, Kuwait is a great location to be used as a base for travelling to other countries such as India, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, and Africa during the holidays. Kuwaitis are well known for their hospitality and generosity. Expect to be treated well when visiting Kuwait. In Kuwait, once people are familiar with each other they greet each other with a handshake and a kiss or two on the cheek, generally with the same gender. Usually men don't shake women's hands. In keeping with the Kuwaiti culture and religion, men and women are not related to one another and are usually segregated.

Kuwait has a population of 3.1 million, and has an array of supermarkets and shopping malls selling most international brands at good prices. There are seven conventional banks in Kuwait offering the usual range of banking services.

Attending school for all children between the ages of six and fourteen is compulsory in the state of Kuwait and public education is provided for free to Kuwaiti children in the Arabic medium schools. Education is regulated by the Ministry of Education (MOE). The country has several universities for higher education.

Religion

Kuwait is predominantly an Islamic country. However, you are free to follow your religion and visit places of worship as per his/her religion.

Language

Arabic is the official language in Kuwait but an English speaker can always be found.

Entertainment

Some people like going to the beach or desert. In the beach one can fish, boat, and swim, jet ski or water ski. In the desert one can camp, hunt, ride buggies or hike. Kuwait has so many beautifully decorated malls. Going to the mall is usually a group thing, where families or friends bond with one another while shopping, dining or simply walking around. Many malls have movie theatres in them. So, many people spend some time in malls. As mentioned in the food section, food plays an important role in the Kuwaiti culture. There are variety of restaurants and cuisines to choose from. Everywhere you go there are small sandwich cafeterias selling sandwiches like falafels and shawarmas (shredded beef or chicken). These are the common Arab or Kuwaiti fast foods.

Shopping

There are several shopping malls in Kuwait which include shops such as Jack Wills, Bath and Body works, H& M, Debenhams, American eagle, River Island, Levis, Gap, Zara, Banana Republic to name a few. You can also visit IKEA store and Carrefour at the Avenues mall. You can find western style grocery shopping and products at the Sultan Center. They have several stores across the city. Here you can find wide variety of western products. You can also visit Co-op stores that are situated in suburban communities. For convenience, every block or two has its own small store selling a wide variety of daily use items. The Old Souk in Kuwait City and the open air Friday market offers traditional items. You can also visit the Exhibition grounds in Mishreif where products from the Middle and Far East are sold.

Weather

The summers are hot and dry. The months of May through October tend to be warm. However, in November through April cooler weather prevails. There will be times when a warm jacket will be necessary. All apartments have heaters and can be a welcome relief on cold and windy days. Rain is infrequent.

Food

Food plays an important role in the Kuwaiti culture. The most popular dish is the "Mach boos", which is chicken, beef or fish over a specially spiced rice. Kuwaiti tea is usually served after lunch. Kuwaiti tea is just regular hot tea, but many families add some flavours to it such as saffron or mint. Arabic coffee is also a very important part of Kuwaiti tradition. Traditionally, when people visit, the first thing served is the Arabic coffee. You can easily find KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Domino’s, Baskin Robbins, Chilli's, Johnny Rockets, Friday’s outlets as well.