Kuwait Warnings and Dangers

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Kuwait Warnings and Dangers

  • NO POSTCARDS AT THE AIRPORT !!!!!

    The Kuwait International Airport has a few Duty Free shops airside and a FULL shopping mall just outside customs. In fact you can even - in many instances - get a free quick visa to go into the shopping mall. At no point does a single shop sell postcards in this airport! None!Can anyone with half a brain spot the amazing business...

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  • Sandstorms

    Every once in a while, sandstorms will blow across the Kuwaiti landscape. Although I was only in two of these storms, they were only minor. However, be sure you wear some sort of protective eywear if you need to venture out while these storms are occurring. Also, be sure you wear a schmog or other means to ptotect your face so you will be able to...

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  • Respect the Country's Laws and Religion

    Use common sense folks. Kuwait is an Islamic country and any seasoned traveler knows that regardless where you visit, you should respect the customs, laws, religion and beliefs. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited, but you don't have to look to hard to find either locally made or smuggled stuff. You will be arrested for either possession of or being...

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  • Driving without headlights

    So you've read all the warnings about the crazy driving, and they are all 100% accurate. Even more ridiculous is the thought that it is "cool" to not drive with one's headlights on. Combine the fact that they are crazy drivers to begin with and the fact that they are now very difficult to see at night and you will get what's in the photograph...

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  • Watch out for the camels at night!

    First of all, it's not a good thing to be driving around in the desert past dark in the first place, but sometimes you can't avoid it. You would think that it would be easy to spot a huge camel and avoid hitting it, but I can assure you that is not always the case. It can be pitch black (there are no street lights out here! and you can only see as...

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  • THE ENGLISH

    Kuwait is the Arabic country and English language is the second language which is widely spoken all around the country. The thing you have to be aware of is most of the English speakers here are not the native English speakers. If English is your mother tongue language, SPEAK SLOWLY AND CLEARLY AND USE LESS SLANGS IN KUWAIT. You may not be...

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  • The Electricity

    Most of the receptacles in Kuwait will be the 3 squared holes (see the picture). The voltage will be 220-240V and 50-60Hz. The buildings have big power of electricity so the brown out from the over powered appliances is less likely to be happened. Nevertheless, be careful on buying the electric appliances here. Some appliances will have huge number...

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  • Taxi Drivers in difficulty

    One evening I took a taxi from city center to Kuwait towers. Before getting into cab, I asked for the price and driver told me 4 KD. 4 seemed quite a reasonable number to me first and I said OK. (beware Kuwait dinar is a very expensive currency) During the ride I made the calculation in my head and realised I am paying almost 15 US $ for a few km's...

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  • Sandy days

    As Kuwait is surronded by deserts, even with small winds dust fells on the city. During these times even after short walks in the street you feel sand particles betwwen your teeth. You had better stick to indoors on such days.

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  • Rain, Another Disaster

    The rain will be in Kuwait for few times only but it is another disaster too. There are some construction sites all over Kuwait and the drainage system is bad. Moreover, many trashes just block the drainage and keep the roads covered with the water. During winter time, the raining day will head to fallen temperature on the following day. The worst...

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  • traffic and tickets

    well where do i start the traveler was write about the roads in kuwait there is very little enforcement in the law here on the highways speed limit is 120 km but on 6 ring and 7 ring highway 40 highway30 well i could name them all for you the drivers drive on them doing 160 ,180 ,190 km an hour and he's write they tailgate you this is not the place...

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  • Bubyan Bridge to Nowhere

    I cribbed some ideas from the Loney Planet Online Guide to Kuwait. They don't mention all that much to see, but of the two "Off the beaten track" type tips... they were both WRONG. Oh So Wrong, my little Lonely Planet Peeps. I'd normally go on a tirade and say "you cost us time / money /gas, etc..." But the fact is.. uh... there wasn't THAT much to...

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  • Lucy and Ethel

    I think I (Lucy) have met my match with Quentin (Lucy). No Ethel's here... Not a good sign, right?That said, when Quentin prounced at 5am in the car, 'Hey - let's go to Saudi Arabia. It's only 30 miles away...' I thought it sounded like a plan.And yet I knew better: a) you must have a pre-arranged visa b) women must be in Burqa c) you have to be...

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  • Traffic Accidents

    Some of the world's worst drivers are here. They are impatient, rude, and will cut you off in a heartbeat. They pass on the right or left and get right on your bumper and start flashing their lights for you to get out of the way. They dont buckle up their children and chat on cell phones incessantly while driving. They also have some of the world's...

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  • CRAZY DRIVERS AND MOTORCYCLISTS ON THE...

    You have to have a healthy heart if you want to drive in Kuwait. Speeding is a trend here for the younger drivers and surprisingly for the women with the face-head cover too!! Though the maximum speed limit will be 120 kph, some roads will have slower speed limit. Kuwait has many cameras on the street to catch the speedy vehicles but many of them...

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  • Grading The SANDSTORMS?? NO WAY !!

    I dont know how to explain the sandstorms well to you all, but you can compare the pictures, taken from the same place, same time and same quality of camera flash. Sandstorm is really common here throughout the year. It may be often between winter to summer time. A windy day will lead to the sandstorm on the following day. For the grade 4 sandstorm...

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  • Bring Your ID Anywhere Outside Your Home

    There are some illegal workers in Kuwait so you may see many police checking points in Kuwait. The checking points mostly will be on Arabian Gulf Road, Kuwait City Area and Some Circles On the Main Streets. BRING YOUR IDENTIFICATION CARDS EVERYTIME YOU WILL GO OUT FROM YOUR HOME. It could be CIVIL ID when you already have one or PASSPORT WITH THE...

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  • Beware of Arabic Teen Boys in group

    Going out alone for a girl is not a good idea here,especially for the asians or anybody look like an asian.You could be gank raped by teenage boys here.Salmiya,Shuwaikh,and around Kuwait city are quiet safe places in here.Don`t you dare to walk alone in Fahahael and Jahra area.Even boys could be kidnapped and raped in here.You may be laughing but...

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  • Bad Customer Services All Around the...

    Facing the customer services in Kuwait will be a headache for you, especially the one you are dealing with is a Kuwaity. The feedback system for the customer services` satisfaction is not funtional. When you have to fix something complicated on your mobile network or banking system, the main office customer service will be your only option. Only...

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  • LITTERING EVERYWHERE

    Kuwait seems to be a clean country for you. Wrong guess :-))It is not because of its people but it happens because they have many cleaners all over around the country. When you observe its people, they do litter everywhere. They even throw their things from their windows while driving!! Oh my.Guess what, this picture was taken in Kuwait City. Many...

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  • Frid&Sun : AVOID KUWAIT CITY

    Friday is the holiday for most of the workers here in Kuwait.Sunday will be the church day and the two main churches are located in the Kuwait City area.Though Kuwait is a moslem country, many expatriates are Christians.Do not try to drive through the city complex if you do not want to be trapped in a traffic.On Friday and Sunday afternoon, the...

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  • Sandstorms

    Sandstorms are a relatively common occurrence in Kuwait. My first day here, we suffered through a relatively minor sandstorm that covered much of the region. It lasted about 18 hours with stinging stands, high winds and low visibility. May is the worst month for sandstorms in the Middle East.We had strong winds and blowing sand at least once a week...

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  • Taxis could be dangerous

    Yes.Taxis could be dangerous here.Arabic taxi drivers can not speak English and they could ask the ladies passengers number all over the way.Indian taxi drivers sometimes have a very bad body odor.Don`t take ilegal taxi,the ones without yellow car plat numbers and without names.You could be brought to the desert and be raped and robbed.This is for...

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  • Gte used to being stared at....

    Kuwaiti men seem to oblige themselves to follow women. Most people will advise you to wear a ring on the wedding ring finger, but to be honest this is rarely a deterrent. My wife was frequently 'cruised' by young (and old) lads as she walked with our son in a pushchair and despite being five months pregnant. Women are often followed in cars which...

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  • No photographs of certain things

    Don't take photos of or around oil facilities, government buildings, embassies, military installations or even banks. There are three landmark banking buildings in the city which around the time of National and Liberation days (25/26 February) are bedecked with lights in the shape of huge Kuwaiti flags. A European friend of mine was hauled in by...

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  • Extreme Temperatures

    It gets extremely hot in Kuwait... Though I haven't seen 140 degrees F yet, in mid-May we were getting temps above 110 degrees F every day. By August it was 120 degrees everyday with the high occasionally 125. Drink lots of water, stay indoors or in the shade, and limit strenuous activity to morning and evening hours. It is just too dang hot! When...

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  • Penalty for jumping red lights - death...

    it seems jumping red lights is a 'dare' sports amongst youngsters ...major traffic lights has warning in arabic ...translation in english reads ...'penalty for .... is death or jail' ...my kuwaiti host assured me penalty could be worse .... and explained that the death penalty is the self-inflicted part arising from car crash ...and if one survive...

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  • A few Do’s and Don’ts:Do...

    A few Do’s and Don’ts:Do expect Arabs to sit, talk, and stand closer than people in the West do. What Westerners consider anintimate distance is here only social and friendly.Do expect to be touched more frequently by members of the same sex. This is an expression of friendship.Do accept as normal the occasional use of influential connections to...

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  • Driving in Kuwait can be quite...

    Driving in Kuwait can be quite the experience. Be careful. Generaly the main roads are in good condition but if you are on the side streets watch out for speed bumps and pot holes. The speed limits here vary and are rarely obeyed. Accidents are many and usually pretty serious. Be careful!!!!!!!!

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  • Make sure when visiting places...

    Make sure when visiting places of interest that you dress modestly. Nobody will harm you but the looks and hisses may make you feel uneasy if you are wearing (for the ladies) shorts or short skirts, low cut tops or any revealing clothing. Remember this is a Muslim country and North American and European ways of dress are often frowned upon.

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  • If you have any business to...

    If you have any business to condut, you have to have 'WASTA': Connection to somebody, know somebody.You need a 'Kefil' Sponsor to conduct business.A woman should not go alone, especially if you look like an Oriental race, or Indian, or beautiful. They will follow you!.

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