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Kuwait For Kuwaitis

Today, two Indian gentlemen passed me on the Gulf Road and ended up in front of me at the next stoplight. They gave me a good laugh:


September 8, 2007 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Humor, Kuwait


  1. hahahaha!

    Comment by sknkwrkz | September 8, 2007 | Reply

  2. lol, and deffnitly hes not a Kuwaiti!

    Comment by Wer3Y | September 8, 2007 | Reply

  3. 🙂

    Comment by chikapappi | September 8, 2007 | Reply

  4. lol … wake up call ? 😛

    Comment by "GreY" | September 8, 2007 | Reply

  5. lol.. wait 😦 i dont get it

    Comment by nQ | September 8, 2007 | Reply

  6. nQ, what makes it funny is that they are not Kuwaiti.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 9, 2007 | Reply

  7. Are you sure these Indian gentlemen were not the Jashanmals and the Chhabrias?
    Anyway, it cannot have been Laxmi Mittal,for sure. It is beneath him to cruise the Gulf Road, like the three of you seem to be doing.

    Comment by Jabriya Jacques | September 9, 2007 | Reply

  8. Correction : It was two Bangladeshi gentlemen who sped past you on the Gulf Road period.

    Comment by I don't get it | September 9, 2007 | Reply

  9. Jacques – They were! They were! There we were, all of us “cruising” on Gulf Road!

    IDGI – Oh! Aha! OK, if you say so.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 9, 2007 | Reply

  10. ^_^

    Comment by Chroma-Trauma | September 9, 2007 | Reply

  11. 😀 that’s so funny!

    Comment by noracassandra | September 9, 2007 | Reply

  12. This one liner so reminds me of “Africa for Africans – Black Africans”. Go fill up the blank : Kuwait for Kuwaities – ________ Kuwaities 🙂

    Comment by the blog pustule | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  13. You are way ahead of me, BL, I have no idea what would go in that blank.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  14. umm,…


    kuwait for kuwaitis, and their drivers.

    or to get even more cynical:

    kuwait for kuwaitis, – hathar kuwaitis

    “hathar” means “civilised” ie not the persian kuwaitis and not the bedouin kuwaitis. according to a kuwaiti friend, the society here is split along the 3 lines of hathar, persian and bedouin.


    Comment by sknkwrkz | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  15. I knew about hadhar and bedu; I didn’t know that Persian was a third catagory. You always know how to give so much information in the smallest chunks, Skunk. Thank you.

    My nephew is marrying an adorable Persian girl. We are dancing for joy. She is also . . . a READER! Woooo Hooooooo!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  16. Kuwait for Kuwaities; naturalized Kuwaities.
    How does that do?

    Comment by The League of Palestinian Kuwaities | September 11, 2007 | Reply

  17. Persian Kuwaitis are identified as hathar. Hathar means a Kuwaiti of any ethnic background who was settled/urban prior to 1946. Hathar include Afro-Kuwaitis and Kuwaitis of Balochi and Kurdish ancestry.

    Hathar = Kuwaitis who resided within the modern boundaries of Kuwait prior to 1946.

    Badu = Naturalized Kuwaitis, mostly immigrants from Saudi Arabia, who were naturalized in the 1970s and 1980s after Kuwait had become an independent, oil-exporting nation. Badu are of Bedouin descent but most were Saudi citizens prior to being invited to Kuwait and instantly naturalized for political/ethno-sectarian reasons.

    Kuwaiti society is split among many lines, the most common ones are Sunni/Shia and Hathar/Badu.

    There are many Kuwaitis of non-Arab ancestry apart from Persians. For example, there are Kuwaitis of Turkish, Kurdish, African and Balochi ancestry. They are all identified as Hathar. Hathar means any Kuwaiti, regardless of ancestry, who resided in Kuwait before the launch of the oil era (1946).

    Comment by 7amood | November 15, 2013 | Reply

  18. Thank you, 7amood. I like that you were specific, and that you repeated it so that we would get it, thick as we can be.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 15, 2013 | Reply

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