Things You Need to Know before Moving to Kuwait for Work

Have you received a job offer in Kuwait you simply can’t resist?

The only problem is that you don’t know much about Kuwait and life there.

If you are on the fence whether to accept the job or not (or you have already accepted it), this article will be just what you need as it will familiarize you with some things you need to know before moving to Kuwait for work.

Whether you are a male or a female solo traveler or are relocating with kids, you need to understand one thing – your relocation will entail a lot of preparation.

You can’t rush into this blindly without first checking whether Kuwait’s life will suit you.

Luckily, this article will cover all aspects you will need to be wary of before quitting your job and moving to Kuwait for a new one.

You won’t have to leave behind half of your closet

A lot of women who are making this transition worry about the fact that Kuwait is a Muslim country.

Does that mean you will have to say goodbye to all of your cute clothes and completely cover your body?

As long as you are dressed within reason, there is no need for you to depart from the majority of your clothing items.

a woman wearing boots, jeans, and a cardigan

Since you are moving for a job, you will definitely be expected to have professional attire. But that attire doesn’t differ much from the one you would wear for your office in the USA.

Here’s an example of the clothing items which are perfectly acceptable for every profession:

  • Loose tops that are slightly longer than average
  • Long cardigans
  • Anything with sleeves below the elbow
  • Skirts and pants that are below the knee

When it comes to casual, daily occasions, jeans and T-shirts will be perfectly fine. Definitely don’t push it with crop tops and tight shorts.

You still have to have in mind that this is a conservative country and it is expected of you to act a certain way, so make sure your travel luggage contains all the right items.

How do you transfer your clothes across the world?

You just need the help of a reliable moving company, and luckily, Kuwait has a lot of them. Get in touch with Easy Move KW or a company with similar services and have an easy relocation of all of your belongings.

If there’s one thing you need to know before moving to Kuwait for work, it’s that you will need a professional for transporting your belongings.

Kuwait’s weather might come as a shock to you

Do you think you live in a warm place? Unless you are living in a country with constant heat and sunshine, your new life in Kuwait might come as a shock to you. That’s because Kuwait is hot – really hot!

Not a lot of people are aware of the fact that the temperature in Kuwait can rise up to 54 degrees Celsius.

Hey, even palm trees have been known to spontaneously combust due to the heat, and you can only imagine how people might feel.

So don’t even think about bringing your winter jackets and ski equipment or you’ll have to look for reliable storage for your belongings.

an open sign on a store

The good news is that you will get accustomed to the weather over time.

Moreover, almost everything in Kuwait is open late so you will be able to run your errands without having to go out during the hottest part of the day.

Before moving to Kuwait for work, you should know that the cost of living is high

The Kuwaiti Dinar is among the strongest currencies in the world. Since there is no tax and the economy is flourishing, working in Kuwait will come with some serious benefits.

But you also have to be aware that everything here costs a lot! Most of the things are imported, meaning that one crepe could set you back for more than $15.

And since you will have to relax and unwind with some good food from time to time, it makes no sense to move if you can’t afford similar small luxuries.

That is if crepes can even be seen as a luxury and not a necessity.

The pace of life is much slower

Are you used to a fast-paced lifestyle that leaves little to no time for family and pleasure?

Well, in Kuwait, you’ll have to get used to the opposite. Not only is the pace of life slower, but so is bureaucracy.

If you are waiting for a very important document to come through. The best thing would be not to wait for the last minute.

Because 9 out of 10 times, you won’t be able to finish everything on time. Get a head start with your paperwork and you won’t have to worry about deadlines.

Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed with all the information available

Reading something you don’t like and having second thoughts about your relocation is very easy. But you shouldn’t let anything deter you from this decision you made.

a worried woman before moving to Kuwait for work

Yes, Kuwait is hot. And yes, it is expensive (except petrol, which is incredibly cheap here). But Kuwait is also a place with a flourishing economy and fewer restrictions than you might have expected.

Probably the most important thing to know before moving to Kuwait for work is that life here will take a lot of getting used to.

Unless, of course, you come from a neighborly country with similar rules, temperatures, and prices.

Think of it like this – if the economy is flourishing and people are moving here. Won’t it be worth it for you to give it a shot?

Jaspreet Kaur

An engineer by profession, blogger by choice and traveler by passion defines me best.

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