Culture & Identity of Kuwait
Oil has changed the way of life in Kuwait. In the past life was based on survival
as many people lived in the desert, near an oasis, or along the coasts, but the
people were spread apart and the population was very small. Today oil has given
the people jobs, urbanized the population, and job growth has gone up so much that
today there is a large temporary immigrant population to fill extra jobs.
Nearly everyone in the country today lives in the cities, particularly Kuwait City
and the capital's urban sprawl. Unlike the past, the capital, and throughout
the country, life runs on technology and life in the desert is only available due
to this technology. Life in these cities appears similar to many other cities with
public transportation taking many people to and from work or school. Most people
have regularly scheduled jobs so have a standard work day and work week (the weekend
is Friday-Saturday in Kuwait). Most people get food from the local shops, most of
which is imported, as are most goods.
The oil industry is so large and growing that the small population can't occupy
every jobs so there are many foreign workers in the country (although not in comparison
to the Gulf Coast countries further south). For most of these people the daily schedule
is the same as the cities dictate the pace of life and daily schedule.