Work and Travel in Kuwait City

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WORK IN KUWAIT CITY ALL YEAR ROUND

Please edit this section to tell travellers what kinds of short term work is available in Kuwait City all year round. Mention skills that are in demand here more than other places. For example, if you can get some work as a translator in Kuwait City but it is as hard as anywhere else, don't list it. If it's a region in China that cannot get enough English translators.... I think you get the idea.

SEASONAL WORK IN KUWAIT CITY

SPRING

What kinds of work are available in the spring time in Kuwait City. Remember to keep work that is all year round in the section above and not mention it again here.

SUMMER

Work that is needed by hosts in the summer in Kuwait City

AUTUMN

What kinds of work are there in Kuwait City in autumn? Maybe it's harvest time, but do people need the help of foreigners for either cheap labour or expertise? This is the kind of thing we need to know here.

WINTER

Skiing in Kuwait City - does it exist? Are there plenty of opportunities for people to get work in Kuwait City in the winter? What kind of skills are needed at this time of year? Please update this section and let fellow travellers know what you have learnt if you have worked in Kuwait City in the winter or if you are a Host and live here and can share your knowledge.

ATTITUDE TO FOREIGNERS WORKING IN KUWAIT CITY

Work Permits for Kuwait

All expats, with the exception of nationals of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, have to obtain a work permit before they can take up employment in Kuwait. Work permits are only issued if the expat has a valid employment offer.

The employer then functions as a sponsor for the expatriate employee while he or she is working in Kuwait. This means he handles all the administrative work for you, from filing the visa application to opening your bank account. Also, your sponsor is responsible for you as long as you are resident in Kuwait and liable if you violate any regulations.

Once the work permit has been granted and residency obtained, male expats can, in turn, act as a sponsor for their spouse and children to come live with them in Kuwait. If dependents also want jobs in Kuwait, they will have to obtain separate work permits.

According to the latest 2014 Expat Insider report by InterNations, Kuwait ranked last ast the worst country to be an expat. The report is based on responses from 14,000 expats in 160 countries and the categories measued quality of life, ease of settling in, working abroad, family life, personal finance, and overall satisfaction living abroad. According to the report:

Kuwait ranks last in the overall country ranking. This is largely due to its low results for personal happiness and in the Ease of Settling In Index. Expats in Kuwait do not think it is easy to settle down there, make friends, or feel at home. Only 5% of survey participants feel completely at home there, and only 7% find it very easy to make local friends.

Recent Contributors

  • Edited on Dec 17 2015 by Sarah

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