10 Things I Love About Living in Kuwait

Post by Mark

Living in Kuwait as an expat is something millions of people from around the world have experienced. Here I share my 10 best things about life in Kuwait as a British expat from the UK.

Life is different here – some things you will love and some things you will not love. Share your comments below. I read them all.

I’m Mike from Oxford, England and my videos mostly teach Arabic phrases. I also do the occasional Arabic music video and travel video from somewhere cool I’ve been. Welcome to my channel! [YouTube]

I wonder what my favorite 10 things would be? Lots of free time, chill lifestyle, friends, good food, good coffee, cheap fuel….


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  1. Sulaiman-COOKIEEEE says:

    Coming to the uk… healthcare in Kuwait is a bless.. Jesus Christ you wait 5 hours for a GP and if your lucky you’ll leave with a panadol which you have to go to a pharmacy to purchase. Mind you that is for both locals and foreigners plus hospitals close at 8 unless you go to the emergency ward which you have means 1. you have an appointment and 2. you’ve lost 2 legs and ur arm (atleast). However doctors deserve way more respect in Kuwait than they get (especially when you see how shit British NHS doctors are yet they get shit loads of respect).

    • Mark says:

      I like the fact when u call customer service you get a real person on the other end a minute later. When I was in LA in the summer I tried getting a hold of Avis customer support and kept getting robots answering my call and then after navigating voice commands menus for 20 minutes got put on hold for nearly an hour. Ended up finally communicating to them via my twitter

      • Randy says:

        I would rather talk to robots than the “humans” that answer the phones at Xcite Alghanim … horrid.

        • Sue says:

          Tell me about it! This week a called a lazy rude woman just to answer me a simple question and she was just so rude and demanding code number of something just not to have the trouble of searching by herself that I ended up calling her dumb..and I’m the most patient person..but that was just too much

      • Sulaiman-COOKIEEE says:

        People aren’t educated enough to understand it’s a robot plus people like to have 2 hour conversations with the operator. I don’t think robotic customer service is coming any time soon.

    • Kuwait Expat says:

      What a joke your comment is. The NHS is one of the best health care services in the world. You go to a doctor in kuwait and are told the chronic headaches you have is because you’re not married. Have you ever heard anything more ridiculous and patronising – this happened to a woman, so not to mention, sexist as it sure a man would never have a headache because they’re single. I went to the doctor here as a burn on my arm had got infected. I had to tell the aparebtlty qualified doctor that is was infected. His response was – because you are pale, it will scar. Top quality diagnosis right there my friend.

      • Sulaiman-COOKIEEE says:

        Cool story, I got told my lung infection “would be fine if I had a good night sleep” and that antibiotics wouldn’t work on tonsillitis (mhmm defo). Now here is one for you, my friend had to call the ambulance last week cause her dad collapsed and was burning up, ambulance arrived in 45 minutes (even though they lived 15 minutes away from the hospital), her father was 41.5 degrees and yet the “doctor” asked the girl what the father had for dinner and what she thought was the best way to take his temperature to a safe level. When someone is unconscious and burning up I’m sure they don’t want to have to wait 45 minutes and only to be asked what they had for dinner (btw he also asked why they hadn’t had dinner earlier). I’ve got many more experiences if you wanna hear plus I’ve only been here 1 month.

        • Dfine says:

          I heard the most horrific story two days ago via friend of mine.

          Apparently a couple (eastern European) lost their new born child because of a mistake by the pediatrician and when they wanted a proper report they where told “This is what Allah wanted”.
          I think I would had murdered someone if that was said to me.

    • Tester says:

      What are you talking about. Healthcare in the UK is free for everyone, Resident/Visitor/National. You honestly cant be comparing the NHS to the Healthcare in Kuwait can you? You telling me you dont wait at public hospitals in Kuwait? You telling me there isn’t segregation in public hospitals here in Kuwait (Kuwaitis Morning/Expats afternoon, Kuwaitis Only Hospital). List can go on an on. Fact of the matter is, the NHS wont tell you to come in the afternoon because you’re not British & it sure as fuck wont tell you to pay a dime to get checked by the doctor whether you live there or visiting. If

      Third in the world & you are comparing?

      https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/overall-full-list

      oh and on a side note… if you dont like the NHS… GTFO of the UK :)

      • Sulaiman-COOKIEEE says:

        Free* £14 for antibiotics… nah that ain’t free. I ain’t leaving the uk.. I’m literally being paid to be here, if the pay stops I promise u I wouldn’t spend an extra night here. I am comparing nhs to Kuwait… wat u gonna do about it? I never waited 4 hours to see a GP in Kuwait… have u? I really don’t care cause the NHS ain’t working.. even the Brits admit it. Even the nurses admit it’s dying. You can be as butt hurt as you like but the NHS doesn’t work if people have to wait 2-4 hours for a GP, get an appointment a week later and let’s not talk about “walk in centres” cause those things don’t get washed. I’d love to leave the uk ASAP but like I said my government is literally paying me to stay.. that’s how unbearable it is. :3

        • Richard says:

          Tonsilitis is normally caused by a virus, so antibiotics won’t work in most cases. Why would the NHS waste it’s money?

          People are given pills in Kuwait when they don’t need them because the insurance pays and people just want a pill! It helps cause antibiotic resistance and is a problem.

          • BlarneyBob says:

            Tonsilitis can be caused by either a Virus or Bacteria.

            Either, antibiotics are given to combat bacteria and/or prophylaxis if it’s viral, depending on the actual condition of the patient.

          • Sulaiman_COOKIEE says:

            Actually I never had a fever, or virus. I have my medical record which show that i have large tonsils which are prone to infection (which i brought with me to the doctor). I know antibiotics don’t work on viruses.

        • Londoner says:

          I think if you don’t like the UK just GTFO today before tomorrow

          • Sulaiman_COOKIEE says:

            I’m sorry Mr Londoner but can you read english (the irony) or are you just incompetent? I said I’m being paid to stay… twice. For the sake of it I’ll say it again. IM BEING PAID TO STAY HERE, IF THE GOVERNMENT STOPPED PAYING ME I’D BE ON THE NEXT FLIGHT BACK. Do i need to repeat?

            • So2al says:

              You could always resign and then go back

            • Londoner says:

              If you think you are funny, we hate to break it to you but you are fucking mistaken and sad. Anyway what ever the fuck you mean by getting paid to stay in the UK is just fucking pathetic and sad. All the expats in your country Kuwait can claim the same, we are staying in Kuwait because we are getting paid! Actually we represent the majority here totaling 70% of the population mind you!

              So just do yourself and us a favour and GTFO if you don’t like the UK.

        • Dfine says:

          feels good to be spoiled rotten??

      • MK says:

        Haha, that’s a new one. Usually that sentence ends up with GTFO of Kuwait :)

  2. Marianne Al-Sarraf says:

    Nice job Mark and pretty much true :-) You missed the SHOPPING!!!

  3. joe says:

    Kuwait is no longer the same place.

  4. joe says:

    He will take the next flight to kuwait if asked to go and then what?
    Wear English, speak english, eat english, drink english, sound english , look english but sure will mock english.
    Education can only add knowledge to your tray, but it can never change the person who you are by default.


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