We all know that we don’t pat the back of a colleague in Korea to thank them for a “job well done”. Or eat with your left hand in India, or sip vodka in Russia. In many countries, these actions are harmless. But in others, they can give a wrong impression or cause offense.

In fact, whatever culture you’re from, it’s likely that you routinely do something that could cause offense somewhere else in the world. So here is:

A primer on how to avoid mistakes in

Kuwait culture photo

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Kuwait adopts a live-and-let-live policy for clothing, and you’ll see a wide range of styles: women wear anything ranging from daring designer fashions like tank tops and short shorts to black abayas, while men can be seen both in T-shirts and shorts or the traditional dazzling white dishdashah. Bikinis are fine at the hotel pool and beach resorts, but strongly discouraged on public beaches.

Do not eat in public during the holy month of Ramadan or you may be fined or even go to jail. The fine is 100 KD or about US$350. Do not get into conversations concerning the Emir of Kuwait. Although Kuwait is a relatively democratic country with one of the best freedom of speech laws in the Middle East, the topic of the Emir is beyond the red line.It is advised not to talk about complete democracy which indirectly means overthrowing the ruling family of Al-Sabah. Do not take pictures near the Iraq border fence. Alcohol is prohibited in Kuwait, however, possesing or making alcohol for own use will result in a fine and if done in numerous times,you may go to jail. Also, never drink and drive. Massage is only allowed from same sex.

With this, you had the primer on key facts about Kuwait, and key facts on culture and customs. Another important part of the culture is the local food and the local drinks. Make sure you read our posts on Kuwait food and drinks:

Local food you should try in Kuwait and No miss drinks in Kuwait.

Other tips that you’d like to share on mistakes to avoid in Kuwait? Please comment below.