Kuwait to build six bachelor cities for single expat males

Published:  27 Dec at 6 PM
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Kuwait is mulling the development of no less than six ‘bachelor cities’ aimed at single, male expats living and working in the emirate.

Kuwait municipality’s Director General Ahmad al Manfouhi recently informed local media about a plan to build six ‘bachelor cities to house male expatriates. Construction is expected to be funded by the private sector in coordination with the Partnership Projects Authority. The information was given after a lawmaker commented on the increase of such developments in various regions and their expansion and maintenance. The developments are intended to supply security, healthcare, commercial and recreational services for low income, single male expats, keeping foreign workers away from existing areas popular for housing developments.

Meanwhile in Dubai, new expat professional arrivals and those already considering a long stay or even retirement in the emirate will be pleased to hear that real estate prices are lowering, especially in areas considered desirable and visually appealing. As a result, realtors are now pushing ‘affordable luxury’ as an advertising logo and focusing on extras such as swimming pools, outdoor spaces and communal living as essential for expats mulling a long stay in the emirate.

Well-known developments such as Palm Jumeirah, Arabian Ranches and Springs are now seeing an increase in expatriate interest drawn by emphasising the community aspect of each area. Another important aspect is the ability to show off one’s home on social media, complete with the surrounding neighbourhood and its ambience including well-tended recreational green spaces and quaint squares. Upscaling as regards property in Dubai is considered essential in the expat community at large, as it puts a seal on financial success in the money-obsessed city.
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