Kuwait is Becoming Unlivable

Thanks to climate change, temperatures in Kuwait could become too hot for people and wildlife in decades. How is this rich nation facing an uncomfortable future?

If you want to start your morning with a gloomy article on Kuwait then you’re not going to find a more depressing one than this today. Bloomberg published an article on Kuwait and how we’re basically all doomed here with increasing temperatures and no plan to cut greenhouse gases. The article talks about all our issues from bus stops to the political deadlock so if you’re looking for gloom, here is the link.

Note: If the Bloomberg link doesn’t work for you, the same article is on Yahoo.

27 replies on “Kuwait is Becoming Unlivable”

For everyone commented here:
If you think in any country not only here is Unlivable, then simply cancel your residence visa and leave.. Go back to where you’re from.
Leave Kuwait for people who struggle to make there living from here..
با غريب كون أديب
And if you’re a citizen then this is the worse scenario to make, is to choose country you like and fly to there and never come back, Kuwait don’t need you..

We’re as citizens happy here with exhausted high temperatures during’s okay for us..

I cannot understand why everyone complain damn..
Your house have AC, your car have AC, your office have AC, so can you tell me why you fucken complain..

The worker guy who struggle for his living in street should complain not you..

Shame, to have people on that level, they get there nose on middle of shitt..

GOD bless Kuwait…

This is a blog about Kuwait. This post is about Kuwait. Why would we talk about our home countries being unlivable? That’s irrelevant here

And I was born in Kuwait. What makes you think it’s very easy for me to simply cancel my visa and leave? I know more about this place and its culture than my own home country. Not every non-citizen can pack their bags and leave the next day for good.

A bit of criticism is always healthy for improvement. We cannot live here pretending like everything is perfect when it’s clearly not. And this discussion is about greenhouse emissions. Good luck in 10 years when the maximum temperatures reach almost 60.c and all your ACs stop working.

Are you sure about that love? The citizens who leave to Europe at the start of summer every year may say something else…

But yes, enjoy your “exhausted high temperatures” that effect not just you, but everyone.

Some of us were born and raised in Kuwait. What makes you think it’s very easy for us to simply cancel our visa and leave? I know more about this place and its culture than my own home country. Not every non-citizen can pack their bags and leave the next day for good.

A bit of criticism is healthy for improvement. We cannot live here pretending like everything is perfect when it’s clearly not. And speaking of rising temps, good luck when the maximum temperatures reach almost 60.c within the next two decades and all your ACs stop working.

“A bit of criticism is healthy for improvement. We cannot live here pretending everything is perfect when it’s clearly not”.

I disagree. There’s a difference between criticism for the sake of complaining and stating it with the intention of improving things. This is not a personal attack on you or others, but 90% of the criticism spewed by expats here isn’t intended to fix anything. It’s toxic, it’s demotivating, and it’s spreading hate among both locals and the expat community. I’ve worked with expats my entire career life and I’m also mixed (if that’s even relevant but will make you feel less threatened), expats will often exaggerate the benefits of their homelands and will refuse to say anything bad about how things are run in their own countries. Meanwhile, our working environments and social communities have become unlivable exactly because of complaining.

And when you say “some of us were born and raised in Kuwait”, with all due respect, your attachments are to your own collective experiences that have nothing to do with the country itself. If people have it their way, the country would be wiped out completely from its identity, tradition, culture, and conservative values to compliment your foreign lifestyles. It’s similar to loving someone for what you envision them to be for you and has little to do with who the person really is. That means selectively choosing from Kuwait what you consider lovable, like echoing the the liberal golden days of the 60s and completely ignoring the fact that the majority of the country are conservative and want to keep it that way.

Ahh yes – conservative values like slavery, physical and sexual abuse of foreigners and minors. If we had to sum up the local culture here, trust me the word exploitation would be foremost in most people’s minds.

Also, as eloquent as you are (complimenting you so ‘you don’t feel threatened’, your points amount to not a lot.

“your attachments are to your own collective experiences” … this is such a redundant point. If it’s true of expats, it’s also true of locals which means there is no such thing as attachment to country and therefore your argument for identity, tradition and culture are also irrelevant. I was born and raised in Kuwait and many of us know Kuwait better than Kuwaitis themselves because we are aware of the landscape, the roads, the public transport system, the hole in the wall shops – many of us don’t live in those walled off conditions that you artificially erect in this landscape. Many of us were at Souk Mubarakiya before it became trendy to Millenial Kuwaitis. Kuwait books was an established tradition owned by an expat before it slowly lost its value due to local involvement.

And, just fyi, there is a value to venting even if its not to directly improve a country. It allows for much-needed psychological release and if that harms your country? Tough.

Apparently you have serious problems.

“conservative values like slavery, physical and sexual abuse of foreigners and minors.”

According to statistics, Botswana, Australia, Lesotho, South Africa, Bermuda, Sweden, Suriname, Costa Rica, etc. have the highest rape and abuse statistics as of 2021. In terms of domestic violence (internationally), New Zealand and Sweden top the chart. According to 2021 statistics every 20 mins, someone is abused in the United States– and according to ethnicity, blacks, hispanics, and asian woman are the most abused in the the country.

And here’s the funniest part— Top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery (by total number of slaves) INDIA, China, North Korea, Nigera, Iran, Indonesia, Congo, Russia, Philippines, Afghanistan. And we’re talking about INSIDE those countries.

In fact, India has the highest number of slaves in the world. “all forms of modern slavery exist in India, including forced child labor, forced marriage, commercial sexual exploitation, bonded labor, and forced recruitment into armed groups.”

Here’s the link in case you’re interested:

If we’re going to put into consideration the abuse cases you mentioned here pertaining to domestic workers (which I’m assuming that’s what you’re referring to), this then pertains to situations where someone voluntarily went into slavery as opposed to being in their own country and being slaved. I do not condone either cases, but the former can be prevented; the other is more prevalent, which means, if you’re in India and you’re being abused by your own people– doesn’t give you much right in pointing your fingers at someone else here. Your justifications are void and ridiculous.

Next, ” there is no such thing as attachment to country and therefore your argument for identity, tradition and culture are also irrelevant.” That’s according to your opinion. Laughably, just because you lodge yourself into a country that you don’t belong to and claim you know where the sewage holes are more than the locals doesn’t officially make you more affiliated by its identity. Yes, country identity exists. At the end of the day, my passport and constitution makes me more Kuwaiti than you and I have more rights than you, whether you like it or not 🙂 Just as much as I don’t have rights in your own native country and you do. Our Islamic values which I was referring to (and not the redundant stuff you brought up) are here to stay whether you like it or not.

Lastly, “there’s value to venting even if it’s not to directly improve a country” — then you call it venting; not constructive criticism. That has nothing to do with the conversation I was having. Vent all you like. My response was to Calvin who said it was to improve things. Are you Calvin?

Also, look into some sedatives to ease your nerves. You probably need it.

Enough of this nonsense- love it or leave it. As it was said many of us were born and raised in Kuwait, we respect its culture and history, and we do consider Kuwait as Our home. My heart breaks when I see everything I loved being demolished, the beautiful parks being razed to the ground. My family saved thousands of abused pets in Kuwait, because we want to make it a better place to live for both people and animals. You with your “leave it” don’t truly love and care about the country, you’re just a consumer not thinking about the next generations. After us – the deluge…

Kuwait, here me out:
If you want to start small, charge customers for plastic bags at checkout in hypermarkets. Many other countries have been doing this for ages. That will, by design, encourage people to use reusable bags that they bring with them every time they visit a hypermarket. This will
1. Reduce littering and random plastic bags you find being blown away by the wind
2. Reduce demand on plastic bag manufacturing and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
3. Less plastic will be burned in landfills which will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

(I’m no expert, if this won’t work, i’d like to know why)

1. has nothing to do with rising temperatures.
3. Kuwait does not incinerate trash, landfills do not burn.
2. If Kuwait manufactures plastic bags, it’s greenhouse gas contribution would be a negligible proportion to the burning of fossil fuels for energy.

Getting rid of single use plastics is great for the environment and reducing pollution but it has negligible impact on greenhouse gas emissions, rising temperatures, and climate change.

All the points you made literally say any sort of change makes a negligible impact, What is your logic? you have to start somewhere and why not start with the small things? Seems like you are plain ignorant, Instead of taking steps that will collectively make an impact you seem to be to busy defending your flawed logic, really hope this is not the knowledge you pass on to your kids.

This article above literally said the country is gonna get too hot to live in and the debate on this comment thread is about ” Go away if you do no like it, I like it here”

Kuwait should learn from its youngest neighbour Qatar who has reached to a level where Kuwait would take atleast a decade ! Even last year the MOI team had visited Qatar to learn the immigration system and finger print exit without having any stamp or immigration officer.
Their entire ministry is online ,don’t need wasta if all your documents are in placed.

Good afternoon Mark…
So you saw & read the article too.
I read it early today morning and indeed it made one feel sad for our beloved Kuwait.
Bottom line though… WHAT is going to be done to avert this forecast to become a reality?
Guess that is the 64dollar question.
Until then God bless.

Well the article also says the temperature has reached a high not seen in the last 70yrs. They should try to explain how it was ever hotter 70yrs ago…was it the greenhouse gases then too??? Articles like these are baseless bs

Nobody said it was hotter 70 years ago, don’t turn this into a conspiracy. They probably only started measuring the temperature here accurately in the 1950s so their records only go that far back.

Some liberal arts grad got a job as a staff writer at Bloomberg, was dispatched to the armpit of the Gulf where not a lot is happening, has to write an article riding the climate narrative, decides on a provocative headline. Throws in a few quotes from attention and relevance-seeking locals and expats. A fierce debate ensues on a local blog. The end.

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