Urban Kuwait

Some of the less glittery part… I’ve noticed the utter difference among certain housing areas, especially closer to the centre of Kuwait City, which is filled by flat units, there’s a huge contrast in between newly built housing and old, usually unmaintained buildings which at best look as rubble and abandoned, but actually accommodate poorer families.
Be it that the actual owner of the building doesn’t have the money to maintain them, or lets them decay on purpose, hoping for the families living there to finally give up and move out, so he can sell the rubble as land for much more money (one-time boost, though) than it would yield being a tenant building in the long run – these patches of land are mostly gathered, or if big enough, cleaned and on the place are build a new, shiny shops.

Or, perhaps, a new, bigger, better and more expensive skyscraper filled by flats from the bottom to the top, but no more in the financial range of these poor families, which are time to time forcefully pushed out.
Most of the actual Kuwaitis seem to live in suburban areas in houses, villas, sometimes the houses accommodate very few flat units, depending on the size and number of floors. Our flat is, for example, in a house of three stories, taking the whole floor, all the 270m square. Nothing unusual in Kuwait; people in here really love to have it big. The flats closer to the city centre or in it are usually occupied by working foreigners, at least as I’ve been told. Foreigners can’t legally own any land in Kuwait (or houses, in other words).
Actual Kuwaiti gets either government housing, patch of a land to build on with a small government donation for the building process, or a flat in these suburban areas; if he asks for it. The process of getting this big boost in life takes several years though, and it’s not instant at all.


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  2. Jirka

    P.S. Máš nějaký server, kam dáváš fotky, Terko?
    Rád bych se zas někdy podíval, jak a co teď fotíš…

  3. Jirka

    Poor tereza, cleaning such a bit flat must be tiresome. We have problems to clean for about 70 metres of our, I just can´t imagine something four times bigger. :) And loads of place for express your artistic impulses. (as soon as you have ime for it…)
    Wishing you luck. Jirka

  4. Tionois

    The difference between new shiny and old worn desolate isn’t uncommon in tales of some countries but it must be other thing to see it by your own eyes.

    270m?! That’s a lot of flat to fill! Certainly a challenge to make it homely and comfortable to live in.

    Sorry for not responding lately, I’ve been at my parent’ for a month and lost connection to the outer world :)

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