Kuwait Listeni/kuːˈweɪt/ (Arabic: الكويت al-Kuwait), officially the State of Kuwait (Arabic: دولة الكويت About this sound Dawlat al-Kuwait), is a country in Western Asia. Situated in the northern edge of Eastern Arabia at the tip of the Persian Gulf, it shares borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. As of 2016, Kuwait has a population of 4.2 million people; 1.3 million are Kuwaitis and 2.9 million are expatriates. Expatriates account for 70% of the population.
Expats moving to Kuwait were once welcomed to the oil-rich emirate with open arms. However, in recent times the government has begun to limit the number of foreigners living and working there, and lucrative relocation packages are far more difficult to come by. Nevertheless, Kuwait still has a large expat population and over 80 percent of the country’s workforce is made up of foreigners.
Although Kuwait is an Islamic country, expats will find that Kuwaiti culture is strongly influenced by Western traditions. While the country is not quite as conservative as neighbouring Saudi Arabia, expats should always show respect for Arab traditions, including dressing moderately and not displaying affection in public.
Arabic is the official language of Kuwait, although English is widely spoken and the official language of business. Expats should have no problem communicating with the locals.