housing & living
Non-Kuwaiti nationals are not allowed to own property in Kuwait hence accommodation to expats is only in the form of rental apartments, floors or full villas. For short to medium term stays it's probably a good idea to look at furnished hotel apartments, or some of the furnished monthly rental boutique apartments. For longer term rentals you have a few more options, including (furnished, semi-furnished or unfurnished), villas, apartments, floors, studios or bachelor flats.
Properties close to the Persian Gulf are always very popular,
but in reality you are never more than fifteen minutes away from
the sea. Mind you, not all beaches are suitable for family fun,
unlike the Mesilla Waterpark (photo above) which
offers beachgoers clean sand and a lot of water activity for the
Marina Crescent beach area is one of the best in the city.
"Not so serious" issues to consider when house hunting:
TIP: Some properties offer great outside corners for the avid DIYer. This area on a roof used to be bare concrete - see what a few bricks, a lick of paint and some greenery can do!
Keep the following in mind when you contact your local realtor or rental agent:
TIP: A great piece of kit for
anybody who's got a roof over his or her head, who owns a vehicle, a
Typical forms of housing available in Kuwait are apartments, floors, or villas (houses are known as "villas" in Kuwait).
Studios Apartment complexes
Mosque proximity: this should always be checked out before you make you
final decision. Most expats do not have problems with aspect of Kuwait,
but it could be that a mosque speaker that points in the wrong direction
could be a nasty wake-up call to the unprepared.