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An Indian living in Kuwait

Kuwait is a small country in the Arabian Gulf. Driving to any direction from the center of the city for two to three hours will take you to another country. Islam is the official religion of Kuwait; however, it allows other religions as well. A harmony within the religions are maintained.

There are around 3 Million people in this country with around one million nationals. 2 million residents are from around the world came here to work as Kuwait is highly dependent on foreign labor. Kuwaiti’s normally opt for government jobs than the private sector jobs. Government jobs used to be lifetime appointments, however recently the government is very keen on promoting the private sector jobs for Kuwaiti’s.

Pork Meat and Alcohol are prohibited within Kuwait. Bringing in or using these items in Kuwait can result in getting jail term for offenders. In addition, certain books, magazines, videos and films are also banned due to the content or the way it is being produced etc… Sex is still considered as a taboo and books, magazines or media which has some connection to sex are as well censored or banned.

Kuwait does not offer many things for recreation. However, there are certain things you can do in Kuwait. One key activity is shopping, though not many expats in Kuwait do this as a recreation activity. There are many high end shopping malls in Kuwait. In addition, the shopping street in Salmiya Kuwait is a pretty long shopping center with many high end malls and shopping centers. Friday market, an open air market, is another place people go for shopping. Initially it used to be operating only on selected days; however, with increased demand it works almost every day. You’ll find almost everything imaginable on sale here, including livestock, Persian rugs, antiques, furniture, household items (such as laundry detergent, kitchen ware, and other daily necessities), clothing, and just plain old junk that someone carted out of their garage, storage shed, or basement.

Gold is another big item in Kuwait and GCC and there are a number of gold shops in Kuwait. Most of the jewelry is imported from India considering the low cost labor, which in turn gives advantage to the buyer as the buyers spent most of the money on the gold itself and not on labor charges.

Other than shopping, Kuwait has some good beaches and water sports parks. Families spent time together in the beaches where some of the beaches are open to all and access to other beaches are based on a small fee.

Other than these things, you will find it interesting to drive around Kuwait, as many young Kuwaiti’s do.

There are many Indian communities and registered organization in Kuwait supporting the Indians in Kuwait. You will find the list of Indian embassy approved organizations in the embassy website