Power Cuts and Hotel Stays

Post by Mark


Over the weekend I experienced 3 power cuts within a 24 hour period. The first two lasted for just over an hour but the third power cut lasted from 8PM to 4AM. There are now around 7 large power generators spread out in my neighborhood (Block 9, Salmiya) and it doesn’t seem like it’s just my area. I was talking to a friend who lives in Rumaithiya and they’ve had power generators installed on their street for a few weeks now. I don’t know what’s the purpose of all the generators in my area, the power cut was due to a burned cable but that was already fixed.

When I posted about the power cut on twitter a follower suggested I spend a night in the hotel. Did you guys know that the majority of hotels won’t accept single men with local residency? I found that out when I was getting my divorce. I needed to spend a few nights in a hotel and I couldn’t find a hotel that would let me stay. In the end I found a hotel in the city that let me stay a few nights but only because I think the receptionist took pity on me.

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  1. zyser says:

    Sorry to hear about the power outage. Regarding the hotels, I wonder what about foreign tourists who are single, how does that work? Won’t hotel accept them?

  2. Dun says:

    When checking in just give your passport instead of civil id. Problem entirely solved for me that way.

  3. Amir says:

    Same thing happened to me when I needed a room to study for my exams and my home was all packed up of vacation guests. Nobody let me in there except one in Bneid Al Gar.

  4. FYI says:

    why not try airbnb.com

    • I was JUST going to suggest that.

      I know this lovely Australian couple who live next to me in Mishref who have an AirBnB listing that’s a big, spacious house.

      The problem is is that AirBnB in a lot of Arab countries, including Kuwait, it seems are single, morally depraved men trying to take advantage of naive, Western women (or men, let’s not be in denial here).

  5. Muscati says:

    To stay in a hotel in Kuwait you need hide that you have a Kuwaiti ID and pretend you’re a tourist. Worked for me with my Omani ID but I guess won’t work for non-GCC expats if the hotel checks their passports to see what kind of visa they’re on.

  6. Essam says:

    Is this legal? The hotels are discriminating between married and single/divorced/widowed people, Also they are not allowing unmarried people based purely on assumptions.

  7. Tester says:

    I thought that rule was only for Kuwaitis? I got a hotel once when my AC broke down and I was able to get a room without any difficulties.

  8. _sK says:

    I once had to get a hotel room for couple of day due to switching apartments and came into the same experience, yet it worked with me through booking/paying on the phone with Marriott Courtyard. I don’t if they still do it tho… that was 4 years ago.

  9. Ahmed says:

    Years ago, me and my mom were looking at this hotel near Marina Mall and she asked if they had a room and they asked her for her marriage certificate! But years after that, when we needed a hotel room, we booked at Ibis without any problems.

  10. Kliffy77 says:

    Sorry to hear about the power cuts & devorce, A copy of your marriage certificate or your passport that’s it.

  11. forzaq8 says:

    that is why you keep a copy of the marriage certificate even after the divorce

    • Jdhdh says:


      I had a friend make a marriage certificate in Photoshop to get a couples gym pass membership discount with another friend.

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