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The New Trend: Kuwait Bashing

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  1. I got your point. Loud and clear. We should all be thankful and grateful coz we are given the opportunity to work here in Kuwait. But just to clarify or justify ourselves or myself rather….” I’ve been here for 5-6 years because im a bread winner who has to support the whole family”. And yes, i can’t blame those people who can’t help but to complain coz of their harsh experiences. You don’t know exactly how they feel during those times, bcoz as u said so.. You are a 100% kuwaiti. Or should i say, once,twice or few times more you experienced an awful moment here in your country. Can you imagine how much more they could treat expats in a more unpleasant way? We cannot tell anybody to do this, do that. You have to be like this, or you have to be like that. You should be positive or you should be negative. Everyone of us is fighting our own battle and we have our own differences. Just sharing my thoughts.

  2. In today’s reality everybody wants change but mostly no one is willing to change.

    People who are willing to change or make changes face the most difficulties that they soon lose their resolve.

    Today, if one needs to bring about change he needs power (Authority / Loads of Money) or is backed by people who have power.

  3. I don’t think Kuwait bashing is a new thing. That’s been going on for years. There was even a blog called QHate…. But you’re right, people should fight to change things here/there/everywhere. At the same time, however, I think many people do try to change, but either bash simultaneously or bash later when they get frustrated.

    • ummmm what does qhate have to do with kuwait bashing? It was a war blog covering the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. We were sharing life in Kuwait during those unsure times. The blog is still up, don’t think there is a single negative post about Kuwait there.

      • dear Mark,

        Last time I made a comment on your blog, you deleted my comment several times. I will remind you it. You were so unhappy because of this snapchat and garbage thing. Remember? And you wrote a long post. That day I just reminded you the day you called me drama queen in your forum and you didnt let me comment appear under your post because this time i was calling you a drama queen. over and over i have posted same thing but you didnt allow it to be read by others. you little dictator :p
        you complain a lot about the things in Kuwait too. So whats your idea about being the change?

  4. you are right but there is someone always stirring things up for e.g the other day there was a General who said “that expats never go hungry in Kuwait and if they did they just go and eat in the wedding halls (left overs)”
    Thats out of order coming out from a Army or Police General on National TV……Seriously WTF

  5. I agree 100%! All of us – locals and expats – can do things to make Kuwait a better place, to make it a stronger community, to educate the youth and to build bridges between our divides. It is up to us to stop always complaining and instead start doing.

    And I would just add that there are a tremendous amount of people – both locals and expats – that are doing an incredible amount of positive things for each other, for community and for Kuwait. It may not be on everyone’s radar but there are a lot of us who want to contribute to make this a wonderful place to live for us all.

  6. It is very easy for you to think that way. Because you are 100% Kuwaiti. For example, in my country, there are tens of different groups of people coming from different ethnic roots but when we talk about our nationality, we never call ourselves 100% or 50% or 25% citizen. In my country there is no citizenship classes or we do not call expats. Once someone buys his own land, or house, or builds up his own business, he gets the same treatment as allother citizens. Here in Kuwait, expats can not buy their own houses, they cannot start their own businesses unless they have a business partner who owns 51% which means he can kick you out if he really wants(there are many examples to that i am sure you know them all). For example, many of my friends moved to USA, they lived there for long time and got all their paperworks completed. Now they have no worry about being deported. As long as they live within legal boundaries, they can live there forever. But in Kuwait you have to be scared all the time. You have to feel that feeling in your heart when you see a policeman, like he is the owner of country because as far as i know, if an officer really wants, he can directly deport you without any trial. think of yourself in a country where there is no one who would support you, you do not know the procedures and make a change over there. Even some Kuwaiti people are scared of paperworks and procedures. Even some Kuwaiti people say that they need stronger wasta to find jobs in some particular places. You see? Even wasta has classes.
    For example in my country, you can go to any hospital. Anytime you want. There is no special hospital for locals. There is no special timing for locals. Everything is equally shared.
    it is very easy to say,
    yet everyone starts with “ive been here for 6 years” or “ive been here for 5 years”, and the one thing i ask is “why do you stay this long if its so terrible?”.
    What if you are unhappy, have nothing to do to change the things that you dont like because you are so powerless and yet you have to stay for some reason. You studied abroad because you had money, or government supported you. We are here because we have to. I just want to ask you one question. I dont know if you would answer or not but i hope that you would take it into consideration as a strong 100% Kuwaiti guy. You were complaining about expats who are complaining about Kuwait 24/7. Instead of suggesting them to leave, have you ever though of starting an organization which can listen to the complaints of expats, and try to help at least 10% of them? maybe that way you can make a change for the country. You cannot make all expats happy, but at least you can help small percentage of them which will make them grateful to you. And i am sure many many highly educated and skilled expat would volunteer and do their best to help you.
    Batman ;)

    • Hi batman,

      Cant believe im talking to the Dark Knight himself, i feel honoured.

      Let me start with the % of citizenship and what I said. When i mentioned I was 100% Kuwaiti, I meant both my mum and dad were from here, not that my citizenship is a certain class or that it automatically makes me better than anyone. It was a simple statement of fact, i am 100% top to bottom, left and right – Kuwaiti.

      People from other countries do in fact say that they are “a quarter Italian” or “half Greek from my moms side” or “Im originally indian”, its a normal fact of life. Doesnt make you less of a citizen though.

      Now that we got that out of the way, a reminder that i do not control, nor claim to control, any aspect of this country. It is what it is, and the rules of the game in this tiny piece of land tend to favour the locals a lot more than the expats – again, something that is not in my control. Other places in the world appear to be fairer in this regard, but have many different disadvantages “unless you are a local resident / citizen of the country”.

      Now, all the examples you posted are true and disheartening, and they have been this way since i opened my eyes and might still be here by the time God closes them for me. Whenever you have a problem, you can be one of two people – the complainer, or the doer. Which one you want to be, now that is one thing that is totally up to you.

      You have every single right to complain, and never will I say something like “you have no right to say this or that” freedom of speech should be a given, however I politely compel you to seek the alternative, for it may better serve your purpose. Dont wait for people to hear you and do the thing you THINK you cant. Whatever your issue is, maybe you’re simply tackling it the wrong way, or maybe you’ve done the same things over and over and each time you’re expecting different results, but didnt Einstein describe that as the actual definition of insanity?

      My friend, I can only do what is within my own power, and that currently is to treat people fairly and equally in life, and as my patients in the hospital. I can worry myself everyday about all the different legislations, rules, inhumane things and crazy people out there but that only leads me to a feeling of hopelessness – because I CANT change them all, not by myself.

      So my advice is – start small, start with yourself. Slowly but surely, you’ll see that small change ripple through your close contacts. Thats what im trying to do anyway, and its getting me a whole of a lot farther than when I was sitting on my bum bum complaining.

      Good luck buddy.

      • Dear Mr. Abdulla
        Honor is mine :) I wish that I was really Batman… Just because of some reasons, my identity should be a secret so I decided to use Batman as my nickname. I could get Joker as well but i did not, because of some reasons again.

        Actually what you adviced me is similar to the thing that I adviced you. And what I feel is actually exactly the same with what you felt and described above. When I think of acting and doing something good for the community, I feel like I am not strong enough and the idea is not worth trying it because i feel like it will end up as a failure. Just like your hopelessness we expats feel helplessness. I think we can call it learnt helplessness as they describe in psychology. Every day by using different methods, it is imposed to expats that they cannot do a single thing alone. Like we should have 51% business partners like we cannot do good business alone, sponsors to provide us visas like we cannot afford it by ourselves even for touristic purposes ( you wont believe it but once i called the embassy in my country and told them that i want to visit Kuwait. it was long time ago. they asked me my purpose and i told them that it is for tourism only and the guy said: “you dont need to visit Kuwait. We dont have much to see”…what is that man?) (and as you know our sponsors can send us back home ıf they want), and so on.
        So after a while you believe that you cannot achieve a single success alone by yourself in Kuwait no matter what you do because your path will be blocked sooner or later. (Also recently we feel like wedding dinner looters and country milkers :p)

        What i know for sure is that segregation is a terrible thing.
        No matter where you are, either at home with family, or in your country, or in a country that you assume that it is your second home, everybody should be treated same. I dont mean that expats should get the same benefits from the government as citizens. Of course there will be a difference. But they could be treated more human-like and could be given chance to buy properties, start businesses, bring their families if they can afford a nice living to them. If they feel like they are at home, then they will contribute more which will make Kuwait a much more beautiful place. From this statement, i am sure that you would understand that I already like Kuwait and defend it against my friends most of the times. But if they really want to shut my mouth, they have enough fact to do so.

        You, your fellow citizens, me, my friends, all other nationality members should be one. We should not say this, that, Kuwaiti, expat, bedoon, shia, sunni, muslim, christian, black, white. We should say “us”. Then, not only Kuwait, but whole planet would be a better place to live.

        Whatever :) If you decide to do something for expats one day, listening to them and help them as long as it is something you can do, i would like to volunteer.

        I wish you the best of luck too.


  7. We want to live here because we have made our friends here in Kuwait. I have been living in Kuwait since 1992. I was born and bred in Kuwait as well. Everyone that I know is in Kuwait. I, as an expat, want to help play a role in the progress of this country but I am not allowed to do that in the same capacity as a citizen. Expats get discouraged here in Kuwait and in return, we do the bashing.
    I did my bachelors in January 2015 and came back here to look for work. First, I tried to find work the right way, going to companies with my CV, applying via email, etc. After 4 months of countless taxi kilometers and emails, I realized I would never get a job here without a Wasta.
    We want to be a play a role in Kuwait’s progress but we are not allowed to and that’s what frustrates us.

  8. First of all, complaining about current issues in a country is a tool in order to improve the system. If you look at events such as the civil rights movement, you would quickly realize that it is basically a compilation of civil complaints towards the government. Should they had just kept quiet and taken the the unjust laws opposed on them?
    In order for a country to progress, it must acknowledge the flaws with the system and continue to try to fix them. There is no such thing as a perfect system and if you do honestly believe that, it wont be long until you realize that your utopia becomes inherently flawed. The issue that should be raised is how to make the system just, and progressive rather than trying to keep it the way it already is.

  9. I think you misunderstood drq80

    He isn’t talking about Kuwaitis bashing Kuwait, he’s specifically referring to expats who bash Kuwait.

    You’re a chicken nugget so maybe you don’t know…. the average Kuwaiti is very defensive of expats bashing Kuwait. Expats can go to jail over it.

    especially since 10 expats were recently arrested for bashing Kuwait in online comments.

  10. I am American. I never thought I would come to work in the Middle East, or Kuwait for that matter. I was afraid, I suppose like most Americans. Well, I have been here almost two years, and intend on staying. Although in Kuwait there are many immigrants from many different countries, I appreciate the ‘internationality’ here. I have had people drop their jaws when they ask me if I like Kuwait and I have said YES. I like the people, the culture, and of course, the variety of food. Are there some things wrong with Kuwait? Of course, there are things wrong with every country you go to, to work or play. No place is perfect. I have seen some bad, but mostly I have seen good. I like it here. I like the way people treat me and accept me. I am more accepted here and appreciated more than in my own country where I am considered an outsider, even by my own family. Well, I suppose I have found my niche. If you look hard enough, and are willing to get out there, you will find the lovely things and the great people in Kuwait. You look for things to complain about, you will surely find them, but if you look for the good, and overlook the bad, you will surely have a better time and have a good opinion about Kuwait. Just change that negative attitude, and you will be surprised what you will see that will be good. Just sayin’.

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