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Let's turn the table a bit on the topic of prices, shall we?

There is a general belief that cost of living in Kuwait is high. Generally this seems to hold up, but I have noticed some very notable exceptions.

1. Petrol - this needs no further comment. Even if the price doubles it is still cheap.
2. Car insurance. The cost of owning a car here is negligent, which is not the case elsewhere.
3. Utilities. This is open for discussion as the building owners are calculating this in the rent price, but at least the cost is fixed.
4. Luggage wrapping service at the airport. :) 750 fils! On most European airports they charge 10-15 euros (3-5 dinars)

Anyone noticed something that I have missed?

way to have a "glass half full" approach riba; add to that gas cylinders price will increase to 2.5KD soon too, which yes, is long overdue, but still, the major problem is not that prices rise, its that they rise without salaries rising, believe it or not some companies do not give increments, period.

legacy :

way to have a "glass half full" approach riba; add to that gas cylinders price will increase to 2.5KD soon too, which yes, is long overdue, but still, the major problem is not that prices rise, its that they rise without salaries rising, believe it or not some companies do not give increments, period.

Add to that the fact that prices increase for expats, but not for citizens. And the tax they are going to impose on money transfers, I can understand why people are re-thinking their position in Kuwait. Other GCC countries offer much better packages.

Tax on money transfers will never happen, just like many other things.

And I did get a raise. :)

price increases are never welcome, but after making bit of research, i noticed Kuwait still offers some of the better packages than most neighbouring countries

pla96 :

price increases are never welcome, but after making bit of research, i noticed Kuwait still offers some of the better packages than most neighbouring countries

Nah.
Don't get health. Don't get flights for family. Don't get education. Don't get travel/car. Have to pay for residency for family. 150KD housing.

i can only speak for myself...sorry the same doesn't apply to you

Yeah, this is not the fault of the specific place, but the contract you agreed to.

Ribosom :

Yeah, this is not the fault of the specific place, but the contract you agreed to.

No, it's common to this type of post across the region. Saudi, Qatar, bahrain, UAE offer benefits, Q8 doesn't.

slpeplow :
Ribosom :

Yeah, this is not the fault of the specific place, but the contract you agreed to.

No, it's common to this type of post across the region. Saudi, Qatar, bahrain, UAE offer benefits, Q8 doesn't.

Again, it is not the country that if offering benefits, but your employer....unless I am missing something.

I always hear lots of people complaining about Q8 and benefits, and high cost of housing and this and that, then I ask: "how long have you lived here?'
The answer is always anything bethween 6 to 18 years...
Am I missing something ?

Ribosom :
slpeplow :
Ribosom :

Yeah, this is not the fault of the specific place, but the contract you agreed to.

No, it's common to this type of post across the region. Saudi, Qatar, bahrain, UAE offer benefits, Q8 doesn't.

Again, it is not the country that if offering benefits, but your employer....unless I am missing something.

Yawn. Bored. Leaving.

I also fell into the "whining trap" at some point, which made me think.... if we had a better opportunity, we wouldn't be here, right? Even my wife who can be an elite-level whiner realized this and accepted the fact that not everything is rosy elsewhere....even though it may appear when looking from over here. :)))

slpeplow :

Yawn. Bored. Leaving.

Feel free to, We are not here to entertain you, after all.

Ribosom :
slpeplow :

Yawn. Bored. Leaving.

Feel free to, We are not here to entertain you, after all.

No, you're just here to have petty handbag fight with those who are trying to inform others.

Ok, let's try and put back some sense into this place and avoid the tone this discussion is heading towards.

I was merely trying to understand your point. It would make more sense if you had mentioned straight away that you are a teacher and that the benefits for teachers are better in other gulf countries, which may not be (and isn't) the case for every other industry.

Tomato's are cheaper  :top:

Ribosom :

Ok, let's try and put back some sense into this place and avoid the tone this discussion is heading towards.

I was merely trying to understand your point. It would make more sense if you had mentioned straight away that you are a teacher and that the benefits for teachers are better in other gulf countries, which may not be (and isn't) the case for every other industry.

apologies Riba, some people are just here to dunk negativity.

i believe the matter has been dealt with. i personally found nothing wrong with any of the information you provided.

many thanks for continuing to be a valuable member of this community  :thanks:

The only problem is that the discussion has veered way off its intended course. :)

I know it is difficult to chill out (hah!) in Kuwait, but let us do our best. :)

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