Kuwait Local Customs

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Kuwait Local Customs

  • Ramadan

    If you are not a Muslim, then plan your travel to Kuwait outside of the Holy Month of Ramadan. During the month of Ramadan, everything pretty much is closed from dawn until dusk. If you are in Kuwait during Ramadan, refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public out of respect for the religion. Otherwise, you might find yourself being detained...

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  • Foreign Workers

    Foreign workers -- or "third country nationals" -- make up a huge percentage of the population of Kuwait. By some estimates, as many as 1/2 of Kuwait's 3 million people are foreigners. Of these foreigners, many do the jobs that Kuwaitis traditionally find demeaning such as service work (hotel workers, maids, cooks, cleaning people) and construction...

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  • Arabic Hospitality

    As being guest in a house or in an event, Arabs will offer you coffee and dates. Arabic coffee has quite a bitter taste, served in small glass cups. Traditionally they will keep filling your glass until you say you have it enough. Shaking the glass means you don't want more.

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  • HOW DO YOU CALL THEM?

    Kuwait`s young generation is westernized rapidly all over the country. Nevertheless, they still keep some of the basic respect toward the elders in their family. SIR (male) and MADAM/MA`AM (female) will be used in formal setting. For the local people, they have their unique way to call and to be called, a common way in Arab countries too. The male...

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  • W.I.B. - Women in Black!

    Remember the movie Men in Black? (MIB) Well, Kuwait is the country of W.I.B. I know I'm being a tad profane and less than PC, but the truth is, I think Allah - in light of Global Warming - would be a tad forgiving if the women in Kuwait chose a somewhat lighter color. Gotta love the JPG of the women shopping for crocs. I hope they come in black. On...

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  • Dress Codes In Kuwait

    The dress codes of the local will be the most concerned one for everybody whenever they will travel to a Middle East country. As one of The Middle East countries, dress codes in Kuwait could be seen as conservative one. YOU DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE DRESS CODES IN HERE. Actually, the dress you may wear in Kuwait will be the same as the dress in...

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  • Kuwait Greetings, Rules for men and...

    Whenever you visit a house or enter any rooms here, great anybody in the room.It will be greatly appreciated.ASSALAMUALAIKUM is the common greeting in here.It means PEACE UPON YOU.You may answer WALAIKUMSALAM,means PEACE UPON YOU TOO.You may see them kissing each other by pressing each other cheeks against each other`s with the kissing sounds both...

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  • Diwaniya - Phase III

    After everyone finishes dinner, people will start to wander outside to the smoking tent. If your host has lots of money, this is more like a smoking house, but we'll call it a tent to make him happy... Again, there are couches in a huge crescent moon shape -- like this ). Like the other parts of the evening, the host sits in the center with the...

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  • Dishdash - traditional Islamic clothing

    The traditional clothing of the Islamic people in Kuwait, and other Arab nations, is called the dishdash. In Kuwait, it is always a long white gown, usually with a white head covering and sandals. This is the ideal outfit to keep you cool when the temps get above 120 degrees F!

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  • The Diwaniya - Phase II

    The second stage of a diwaniya evening is dinner. After all of the guests have arrived and had a good chance to introduce themselves and get settled in, the host will stand and head to a separate dining room.Again, this room is comprised of a large U-shaped table. The host will sit at the center of the base of the U, with guests seating themselves...

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  • The Diwaniya - Phase I

    One great Kuwaiti custom is the diwaniya -- or "gathering." It is typically a weekly event giving men the opportunity to discuss business, socialize with other men, or just look important by hanging out with the host. I have only attended one diwaniya, so I can just share my first-hand experiences... I'm no diwaniya expert. The diwaniya had three...

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  • Do not make a lot of eye...

    Do not make a lot of eye contact with women. Do not entend your hand for a handshake with women. Mens hand shakes are not firm. Slow down. They are not in a hurry....unless they are driving.

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