The Middle East has always been championed as a paradise for those who want to work hard and live a luxurious lifestyle. The number of expats in the UAE is high, with 88.5% of the population hailing from overseas. The Middle East as a whole has always been a first-choice location for many people wanting to work abroad and with foreign investment increasing across the nation, as well as the Dubai Expo 2020 and the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, ...
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health has released a statement banning expats with certain diseases from becoming permanent residents in the country. Despite all of the diseases targeted being non-contagious, the government in Kuwait will deny residency to those living with the conditions.
The ban lists 22 diseases and includes a plethora of health issues. So far, the only declared diseases include diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, renal failure, herpes, AIDS, malaria, TB, hepatitis B and hepatitis G. Expats with vision problems, a squint, ...
Currently, there are approximately 3,150,115 expatriates living in Kuwait. This figure accounts for 69.7% of the total population – heavily outweighing native Kuwaitis. The largest expat community is Indian, with around 1 million citizens, followed by Egyptians at around 700,000 people.
Recently, the Kuwaiti population has been increasing their pressure on the government to address the imbalance of expatriates in the country. A parliamentary committee has been working to address the issue and there has been a proposal of a 15-year cap ...
It is no secret that Kuwait has a lot of expats working within their border.
The most recent statistics suggest that around 70% of the population of Kuwait are non-natives, drawn in by often-generous salaries to fill gaps in the Kuwaiti workforce.
At the same time a rising tide of discontent has been making itself felt in recent months, with ever more initiatives being discussed to reduce the number of expats living in the country.
On the one hand concerns have been raised about ...
In recent months we have reported time and again about the way in which Kuwait is trying to bring expat numbers under control.
Numerous initiatives have sought to gently reduce the vast number of expat workers in Kuwait, thus providing additional employment opportunities for native Kuwaitis.
Additionally, at a time when oil revenues are falling, and the government is struggling to recover from a recent budget deficit reducing the number of well-paid expats in the nation should help cut costs.
Just recently, for example, ...
Over the last few years we have seen an increasing number of countries fail to agree on all manner of environmental targets.
Even many of those who have agreed to cut emissions or protect wild areas have subsequently failed to meet the targets they accepted. And so it is in many fast-growing economies, each of whom wants to protect the environment without stifling competitiveness or the broader economy.
Kuwait, however, has a surprisingly robust environmental policy thanks to the so-called “Environmental Protection Law” ...
It seems that never does a month go by without new stories surfacing about how Kuwait plans to deal with their burgeoning expat population.
Over the course of the last year we have reported that Kuwait is considering limiting expat stays, that Kuwait has discussed banning new expats and that Kuwait is introducing driving bans on expats for example.
Some of these suggestions never truly came into being after discussion, but others most certainly have gone ahead.
All the same it seems that expat numbers ...
Kuwait has a serious traffic problem.
At peak times many of the roads in major urban areas like Kuwait City can grind to a halt, leading to frustration for locals and expats alike.
The congestion isn’t helped by the fact that no new major roads have been built in recent years to provide alternative routes.
Arguably Kuwait’s oil-fuelled economy also isn’t helping the situation. Not only are Kuwaiti’s typically quite wealthy on a global scale, making cars reasonably affordable, but of course fuel prices ...
Why would anyone agree to move half way round the world for work, leaving behind friends and family (not to mention the glorious British weather)?
For some of us, global moves represent exciting new opportunities to grow and develop in our career of choice.
For others the change of scenery in itself can be enough to tempt us to exotic foreign climes.
And then of course there’s the money.
The reality is that many expats find themselves being handsomely compensated for the life-changing decision to ...
The Middle East has long been a hotspot for expat workers.
While professional and managerial positions are frequently filled by highly educated expats from the West even lower-level positions may be filled by non-native workers.
Many Middle Eastern countries boast large populations of lesser-skilled workers from Asia such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
These less-skilled migrants typically take on more menial work such as manual labour, cleaning or house-keeping.
However alongside this thriving expat community there have always been issues.
Many countries in the Middle East ...