Flirting Kuwaiti-style

I am walking home from Kuwait’s newest mall. Just having finished buying cookies for family, friends and colleagues, I discarded the idea of taking a taxi for such a short distance. The weather is wonderful, and even though Kuwait is not exactly a walking country (read: the pavement looks like an obstacle run) I think…

A good guy does not have a nationality?

Friday afternoon at my favorite beach club. I am enjoying the scorching heat of Kuwait’s autumn sun when two young ladies strike up conversation with my companion and myself. They are clearly better prepared for a day at the beach, having only a bottle of water to share between the two of us. Next thing…

What to wear in Kuwait?

December 2013. I had just landed the best internship in the world, in a place I was barely able to point on the map. In fact, Kuwait had been my last choice, I would much rather have gone to a country like Lebanon, one of the centers of Middle Eastern politics. But as it was,…

Kuwait: country without history?

I am in Kuwait, a small oil state situated between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Two years ago I did my internship here, and in six months time this country managed to win my heart. I spent my first real salary on a ticket back: I am spending my holidays in the Gulf this year. My fascination…

Five common misconceptions about Kuwait

Kuwait is a country that people don’t know much about. If they’ve even heard of it or are able to point it on a map at all, their knowledge of the place is often limited and full of misconceptions. Here I have listed the most common. Kuwait is unsafe Despite bordering Iraq, home to one…