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Located in the northern part of the Arabian peninsula, Kuwait is a rich country comprised of nine islands. Its economy is primarily based on the oil sector, with a notable service sector as well. Expatriates living and working in Kuwait are able to benefit from low tax rates.

Moving to Kuwait offers expats the opportunity to discover its culture of historic traditions infused with modernity.

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There are many international schools in Kuwait. The education system is divided into elementary, intermediate, and secondary levels, each of which consists of four years of study. Many Kuwait nationals and expats send their children to private international schools. International schools follow the curriculum of their home countries, and the majority of teachers are expats. There are many American, British, and French schools within Kuwait in addition to many bilingual, international, and government schools.

Kuwait offers many leisure activities. Indoor activities are preferable during the summer months (May – September) due to extreme summer temperatures; however, the rest of the year has quite pleasant weather.

Staying in touch with friends and family both inside and outside of Kuwait couldn’t be easier with today’s technology. You can purchase SIM cards for your phone from the airport or one of many retailers all over Kuwait. There are several carriers to choose from and each have several different plans available. Ten GB data, talk, and text credit for your mobile phone will cost 5 KWD (approximately $17 USD) per month.

If you will be moving into company issued housing, your employer may provide many necessities for you upon arrival — this may include bedding (sheets, pillows, comforter), towels, dishes, and pots and pans. The department responsible for your hire should make a list for you of what they will provide you with to make the packing easier for you and your family. Most of the things you are used to in Western countries are available in Kuwait but it’s still a good idea to bring any products you’re particularly fond of.

If you arrive in Kuwait under a tourist visa, you can drive with a valid foreign or international driver’s licence. Once you have a resident visa, however, it is illegal to drive without a Kuwait driver’s licence. The process for obtaining a Kuwaiti driver’s licence varies depending on your visa status, education, occupation, and gender. If your visa is under the company you are employed by, your company should assist you in the process of getting a licence.

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