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 Do's and Don'ts, DOs and DON'Ts for expatriates in Kuwait
Posted: Mar 6 2008, 11:38 PM


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∑ Do learn Arabic, that is the key to your progress and closer relation with the people of the Kuwait
∑ When you enter a room or an office greet the people with as-salam alaikom (peace be with you)
∑ If someone greeted you with as-salam alaikom, you must answer back; wa-alaikom-as-salam (and also with you). Remember that not answering a personís greeting is a sin in islam.
∑ Show interest in learning about their customs, culture and even religion; this makes them interested in associating with you; besides there is no harm in increasing your knowledge about their way of life and beliefs
∑ When entering a house (or even an office), to make known youíre coming in, its better to say gentle ďya allahĒ (o god) so that they will prepare themselves (something like ďtao po!Ē in the Filipino)
∑ Do accept invitations to the middle east home. It means you're interested in associating with them, and thus help in improving relations.
∑ Adjust your metal attitude to accept a change of working conditions and situations. A little common sense and courtesy go a long way
∑ Drink tea when you are invited to do so. You are being honored as a guest. If you must refuse, be courteous about it.
∑ Try traditional products, they are good. It also shows your regard for the people who have prepared them.
∑ Be observant of others when visiting Kuwait homes. Do as others do, i.e., if all the guest remove their shoes when entering a room, remove your shoes. It is a custom to do so. Follow these customs out of respect for you host.
∑ Know how to refuse your coffee when you have had enough. It is polite to have two cups, no more no less, place your hand over the cup or shake it from side to side when handling it back to the waiter to indicate that you have finished.
∑ Understand that the Middle East social community is made up of two separate groups Ė men and women. They do not usually intermingle at social or public gatherings such as weddings and occasions.
∑ When you get into some problems with Arabs, try to remind them of Allah and the prophet Mohammad and the prayers like Allaho akbar (God is great), al-hambo lillah (praise the lord) or astagh-firul lah (may god forgive me), etc.
∑ When entering a holy place or a living room, tent, etc. Remove your shoes unless you are told not to do so.
∑ When giving or receiving something or eating, use your right hand. The left hand is left for cleaning oneís dirty parts of the body.
∑ Do bargain. In Kuwait bazaars or suqs itís a common practice that the seller gives a higher price and the customer tries to bargain until they both agree on it.


∑ Donít abuse the kindness of the employer
∑ Donít go out with fellow workers without knowing very well their characters
∑ Donít be too familiar with male employers and/or male household workers
∑ Donít smile at men you donít know
∑ Donít go to far places without any reliable companion
∑ Donít overuse the telephone
∑ Donít answer back in a rude manner
∑ Donít join the company of girls who indulge in immoral activities
∑ Donít abuse days off
∑ Donít involve yourself in political activities of the host country
∑ Donít be persuaded by unscrupulous people to transfer employment while contract is still in force
∑ Donít try to bribe a policeman. It can cause you big troubles
∑ Never accept any hand carried package, letter, etc from anyone and for anyone unless you first see whatís inside. Many people have bee arrested and jailed for carrying firearms or drugs without knowing.
∑ Donít use drugs and never carry any prohibited drugs
∑ Donít give your address to people of doubtful character because if they send you drugs in a letter or package you can be arrested as a pusher too
∑ Donít bring any pornographic material Ė magazine, picture, video tapes. These are prohibited
∑ Donít bring the name of god (Allah), the Qurían or prophet Mohammad and other Muslim saints with irreverence like ďMohammadĒ. Itís better to say alla ta, ala (the most high) or Qurían elkarim (Holy Qurían) or rasul allah (the messenger or Allah) abi Mohammad (prophet Mohammad), etc.
∑ Donít tap at the back of anybody. Thatís for very close friend only. Even that is discouraged
∑ Donít discuss religion. This is very sensitive subject with some Middle East people.

(source: http://www.poea.gov.ph/Country/Dos%20and%20donts_Kuwait.htm)

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