Finding accommodation in Kuwait is a nightmare for single expats

Published:  5 Dec at 6 PM
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Relocating as an expat worker to a land with a totally different culture is never easy, but Kuwait’s rulings for singles accommodation can make the experience a nightmare.

Finding rentals in Kuwait isn’t easy for married couples and those arriving with their families, but for single expats it can be almost impossible to find a suitable home from home. Basically, there are laws which prevent single men from living in apartment blocks intended for families, but recently single female expats are also being refused rental accommodation, as are divorced women professionals. In addition, the majority of apartments are overpriced and everyone involved, from the agent through the landlord to the block’s management, insists on commissions.

Recently, Kuwaiti MPs have been considering the problem of accommodation for single expat men, especially regarding properties in private residential areas and developments intended for expat professionals.. The conclusion reached was that radical solutions such as building separate residential developments for bachelors are necessary. At present, should single men be found in accommodation reserved for expat couples and families, the blocks are shut down, the electricity cut off and landlords charged with breaking the law.

During a previous parliamentary session, Kuwaiti lawmakers agreed bachelors should be housed in separate, specially built communities providing necessary services and situated at a distance from the usual expat housing estates. One stated this was necessary in order to preserve social, security and health issues, adding that plans had been drawn up for six such residential areas but no construction had as yet taken place.

, Kuwait’s Ministry of Education has just frozen a total of 1,080 expat teaching jobs including some 600 expat support staff positions in Farwaniya Educational District. Contracts will not be renewed once they expire, and the vacant positions will be filled through relevant companies. The education ministry claims the most successful Kuwatization rates of all the emirate’s public institutions, with 95 per cent of all formerly expat positions now filled with Kuwaiti nationals
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