YWAM Middle East


Welcome to Kuwait. Though we are often known for our tremendous material wealth, Kuwait is also wealthy in culture and tradition. Come and visit us, or come to stay and minister to the beautiful Kuwaitis and rich diversity of foreigners who make up our small nation at the top of the Arabian Gulf.


Population: 4 million
Kuwaitis are only 31% of the population.
Foreign workers from Arab and Asian countries make up 2/3 of the population.
Arabic is the main language and English is widely spoken.
Traditionally almost all Kuwaitis are Muslims. Foreign workers are a mixture of Muslim, Christian, Hindu and other religions.

98% of the population is urban, 95% literate, but girls do one more year of school than boys. Kuwait boasts low unemployment rates of 3.5% and no one lives below the poverty line.


Tremendous oil wealth has made Kuwaitis some of the richest people in the world. The Government in Kuwait allows a limited number of churches to operate with relative freedom. Almost all Kuwaitis are Muslim. Though some Kuwaitis have become believers, most would not attend a church openly, preferring instead to meet in homes.


Kuwait is a small sovereign Emirate that gained independence from the UK in 1961. It is tucked at the top of the Persian Gulf and wedged between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It has 9 oil rich, mostly desert islands.

Kuwait's oil fields were discovered and exploited in the 1930s. Petroleum and petroleum products make up around 95 percent of export revenues, and 80 percent of government income. Kuwait is considered to be one of the biggest markets in the Middle East.

In 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait, but the nation was liberated by a UN led force some months after.

Whilst it’s perched on the Persian Gulf, it has no lakes or rivers. It is dry desert; with intensely hot summers and short, cool winters. With its limited natural freshwater resources, Kuwait boasts some of world's largest and most sophisticated desalination facilities to provide much of the water.

Long Term Opportunities

Due to restrictions on long term visas and the extremely high cost of living in the Kuwait, most mission workers either start their own business or find employment in the thousands of companies in the country. Some are in professional roles like teaching, sports coaching, engineering or the medical profession; others are in management; others in sales or service roles. Because Kuwait pays foreign workers according to what they would receive for the same work in their home country, most construction and service roles (maids, cleaners etc) are South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Nepali, Sri Lankan etc) or Pilipino.
Other roles depend on the persons’ qualifications and levels of education. YWAMers wanting to move to the Kuwait should first look for employment (because different job opportunities and people’s skills are so unique we can only offer very limited help in finding work in Kuwait). Once they have found employment, we will connect them with the other team members currently serving there. YWAMers serving in Kuwait are involved in prayer and then look for opportunities to share the good news in their work situations and in the society they are living in.


Kuwait means “Fortress built near water” in Arabic.

42% of the population is obese – ranking it at 10th in the world but the highest in the Middle East, followed by Qatar and Egypt.

Kuwait was the first Arab country in the Gulf to have an elected parliament.
Full political rights were granted to women in Kuwait, in 2005.

Stateless persons: 93,000 (2012). The Bedouin tribes of the region, who back in 1961 failed to register for nationality rights, are classed as “illegal residents” by the Kuwaiti authorities. Since the ‘80’s, these “bidun” (meaning ‘without’) have progressively lost rights, including opportunities for employment and education.

Kuwait is one of the hottest countries in the world especially between June to August. Rainfall averages 2 days in the year. Kuwait has several sandstorms every year.

It is the fourth-richest country in the world in terms of per capita income.

Language Learning

Most foreigner workers living in Kuwait use English as their language of business. However, since Kuwaitis make up a significant proportion of the population, ministering to Kuwaitis will be deeper and more fruitful in Arabic. Arabic languages schools in Kuwait would be expensive. Probably a better option for learning Arabic is in Oman.



Many nationalities can receive tourist visas on entry (with cost) and most others can pre-organize visas (with cost) to enter Kuwait. However, for staying long term, people usually need to find employment.


Cost of Living

Housing is expensive. Petrol is cheap and food costs are average with Europe or the USA. Many companies will offer a package of housing and children’s’ schooling, depending on the level of the job being applied for.


Short Term

There are opportunities for short term ministry in Kuwait.
  • Prayer and Worship
  • Ministry with churches and youth groups.
  • There are many congregations of different nationalities and languages worshipping at different times all through the week.
  • Friendship sharing, bridge building and careful outreach. (Though Kuwait may give the impression of being an open and free society, security police are very watchful and open sharing like giving out literature etc will quickly draw a response from them).

- Though Kuwaitis are rich they do however go out for shopping, walking on the beach, camping in the desert, etc.


Security Situation

Kuwait is a safe and stable country with relative freedom. However open sharing would draw a swift response from the security police.


Who to talk to

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