The foreign population of Kuwait mainly consists of Egyptians followed by Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Filipino and SriLankan residents. In short, 3 – 5% of the people in Kuwait are Filipino. No doubt they have come here for promised jobs and a crack at a better life for themselves and their families.
Kuwait is one of the most popular destinations for overseas Filipino workers. However before accepting a job offer in Kuwait or to any other foreign countries, there are things that should be considered to ensure that the job offer would be truly beneficial.
What OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) should know before working in Kuwait
1. Learn and understand the host country’s language
2. Respect culture, traditions and practices
3. Abide by their laws
4. Abide by your contract
5. Never carry drugs and illegal substances
6. Don’t accept hand carried packages
7. Avoid wearing of shorts or tight-fitting clothes for women.
8. Avoid illegal activities
You should also be aware that foreign workers in Kuwait are entitled to 30 days vacation leave with pay every year.
PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN KUWAIT
The Contact Details of Philippine Embassy in Kuwait are listed below
Block 6, Villa 153
Nouman Bin Basher St.
corner Damascus St.
Faiha, State of Kuwait
P.O. Box 26288 Safat 13123
State of Kuwait
Tel. Nos.: (965) 2252-8422 , 2251-1806
Office Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
FILIPINO FOOD IN KUWAIT
Don’t worry about your favorite food. It doesn’t really matter where you are from. In Kuwait there is abundance of options for you.
Kuwait offers you many Filippino Restaurants. Filipinos have a lot of deliciously authentic pinoy cuisine. Most of the shops that sell special Filipino food can be found in this city. Some of them are listed here.
The Chicken Inasal is a popular dish from the City of Bacolod, Philippines. Chicken inasal is now available in Kuwait. You definitely have to visit Chicken Inasal Restaurant at Kuwait City, if you want to taste the best inasal.
No list of Filipino food would be complete without adobo. It is the national dish of the Philippines. That involves meat, seafood, or vegetables marinated in a sauce of vinegar and garlic, browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade.
Bulalo is one of the top boiled dishes in the Philippines due to its rich taste.If you have any diet restrictions, Bulalo or Beef Shank is not the healthiest food. Bulalo can be found in most upscale restaurants for the reason being that it is not the cheapest choice of meat in the Philippines. Bulalohan Filipino Restaurant is one of the best Filipino foods served in Kuwait.
This Chinese dish has become so popular in the Philippines that it is not uncommon to find it in expensive restaurants. It is a tasty fried rice-noodle dish. Many Philippine restaurants in Kuwait can offer you pansit in different flavour.
One word to describe about Buko Pandan is…. AWESOME!! I tried looking for alternatives and the flavoring was the best that I can find. Buko Pandan is a favorite dessert in most parties. If you have Buko pandan in summer heat, it will definitely lift your spirit up and cools you down.
FILIPINO ORGANIZATIONS IN KUWAIT
There are many Filipino organizations /groups are working in Kuwait. They are listed below.
Filipino Badminton Association of Ahmadi (FBAA): It is considered one of the best badminton organization in the state of Kuwait. The main purpose is to promote the game of badminton and to encourage the spirit of sportsmanship and fellowship among the fellow expatriate members in Kuwait. It is absolutely a non- profit, non-cultural and non-political organization. The Club is growing and currently boasts more than 200 Members.
Filipino Tennis Association in Kuwait (FTAK): It will lead and take pro-active role to provide a total physical healthy solution while promoting sportsmanship, camaraderie and friendship amongst Filipino community and other expatriates who are in Kuwait.
Legacy of Integrated Filipino Employees (LIFE): It was recognized by the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Labor Office last 30th October 2008. The main purpose of creating activities that promotes unity growth and development and contributes to the community through outreach programs. LIFE is a non-political, non-sectorian and non-profit organization in Kuwait.
Philippine Basketball Club In Kuwait (PhilBaCK): The main aim is to unify all Filipino Basketball Enthusiast in Kuwait under one roof, and also giving the best facility, services, and a healthy lifestyle. The Filipino Basketball/Volleyball Referees Group in Kuwait is a non-profit and less funded sports organization holding a basketball tournament.
Philippine Catsclaw Martial Arts Association: The Philippine Catsclaw Martial Arts Association is a non-sectarian, non-profitable, and non-political association. It was formed to promote motivate discipline and self-control. It help the individuals to build self-confidence, physical fitness and mental alertness through martial arts.
Triskelion International State of Kuwait (TISOK): This is a non-profit organization in the State of Kuwait, they provide quality services that protect the life and dignity especially of the distressed Filipinos in vulnerable situations.
Pinoy Digital Photographers in Kuwait (PINDOT): The PINDOT is a group of Filipino workers and residents of Kuwait. The main aim is to learn, sharing and respect of photography skills / common passion in Digital Photography. We can also learn through the sharing of images and discussing about photography related subjects. It is not only a place to learn about photography but as well to earn friendship and camaraderie.
Philippine Bodybuilders And Fitness Association in Kuwait (PBBFAK): The PBBFAK aims to expand the Filipino competitors raising the level of competitiveness in bodybuilding. It is a non-religious and non-political group composed of Filipino bodybuilders and fitness trainers who are residing in kuwait.
Kuwait Filipino Practical Shooting Club in Kuwait (FPSC): The FPSC is a practical shooting club in the state of Kuwait. FPSC aims to excel in practical shooting accuracy, power and speed. It exercises the practical shooting sports at NRC Shooting Complex. The prime objective is that safety at all times.