Monday, September 16, 2019

Sirhan Restaurant - Mahboula

If you wan a nicely decorated place with a cozy feel check out Sirhan Restaurant in Mahboula where they serve a variety of grilled items from brisket and ribs to an awesome tenderloin with Greek salad. It's definitely a meat eaters dream place!

I had the kale and quinoa salad, there's also a grilled romaine for those non meat eaters
Pulled beef cheek tacos
 Melt in your mouth tenderloin with Greek salad, a must have
 Brisket with all the fixings

 Menu prices

Kale and Quinoa Salad- 2.900 KD
Marinated tenderloin with Greek salad- 9.500 KD
Brisket- 225 grams 6.00 KD

You can find them on Carriage and @sirhankw on IG

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Kuwait School Fees 2019

From what I've heard the Ministry of Education put a stop to rising school fees, only one of the schools from the 2018 LIST has increased their fees:

The English Playgroup
Last year 2018 fees
Here are the links to the schools from last year:

Kuwait American School
American School of Ahmadi
American United School
International British School
Cambridge English School

Some new ones:
American German School
Canadian Bilingual School
American International School
Kuwait National English School
The English Academy
Al Bayan Bilingual
AlGhanim Bilingual School
American Academy for Girls
American Creativity Academy

Not all of the schools make it easy and list their school fees.
The British School of Kuwait
Future Bilingual School

I hope the MoE keeps the fee increase on hold, if not those schools would raise their fees every single year until parents are unable to keep their family with them and have to send them back home. I paid for 3 kids to graduate here so I know how difficult it is to make ends meet when rent and school are 75% of your salary and the education they get does not account for the price. To me most of the schools are just baby sitting kids for 3000 KD a year.

Here's a link to school fees in 2013-2014 if you're curious.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Kuwait ranks last in Top Expat Destinations 2019

'Taiwan was ranked best, and Kuwait the worst.  
More than 20,000 respondents representing 182 nationalities were polled about what life abroad was like for them.  
The respondents said they had come from 187 countries or territories before moving to the destination countries in the report. To make the cut, nations ranked required at least 75 expats. 
Respondents were asked to rate up to 48 factors, from quality of life, to education options to personal finance. 
The US ranked favorably with the quality of medical care and educational options, but not the costs. 
The report found 71 percent of expats think medical care in the US was not affordable, compared with 65 percent globally. '

In 2018 Kuwait was last (#68) while in 2017 Kuwait was next to last (#64, Greece #65), for the last two years Bahrain was #1 and this year #7.

'Kuwait ranks last once again, a position it also held in 2018 and from 2014 to 2016. It still places last and second to last for the ease of settling in and quality of life, respectively, though it has improved for personal finance (from 50th to 38th in 2019). Results for working abroad remain bleak, though: Kuwait places 60th. While expats are mostly satisfied with the state of the economy (63% positive ratings vs. 63% globally) — the majority (59%) moved there for work-related reasons — 36% are unhappy with their work-life balance. All in all, Kuwait is the country expats would recommend the least. 
Qatar in 2017 was  in the bottom 10 at #58, rose to #38 in 2018 and #18 for this year, way to go Qatar!

Check out the story link for more details.