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Christmas in Kuwait

There are Christmas trees in Kuwait, in the malls, in the stores, and Santa and his reindeer are everywhere. I can remember other Christmases – in Saudi Arabia, in Jordan, in Tunisia, in Qatar – when you never knew if this was a year when Christmas would be allowed or not.

For my family and friends not in Kuwait, you would be amazed what you can find here. I am just showing a tiny bit of what you can find these days in Kuwait:





December 19, 2007 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Christmas, Community, Cross Cultural, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Shopping


  1. on my way back from the gym this morning I passed a Sunni family – mom, dad, and teenage son. Mom was dressed in a manteau & scarf, and son was dressed in a Santa cap. Eidayn mubarakayn!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | December 19, 2007 | Reply

  2. I am surprised they are allowed to do so, it has been a few years or decades since they could, so I find it interesting.

    Comment by Purgatory | December 19, 2007 | Reply

  3. Nice photos.

    Comment by jewaira | December 19, 2007 | Reply

  4. Wheerre is that?

    Comment by Blue Dwess | December 19, 2007 | Reply

  5. I find the displays with “snow” interesting. I would certainly never associate snow with Kuwait and other Middle East countries. Mental mishmash of season and culture!

    Comment by momcat | December 19, 2007 | Reply

  6. there are also christmas carolers in hilton mangaf i’m not sure about their timings though

    Comment by noura | December 20, 2007 | Reply

  7. A hotel in fact hosted Santa Claus where kids can sit on his lap and ask him what they want!

    Comment by Joel | December 21, 2007 | Reply

  8. girl in my days i didn’t see any of that! i’m so glad to see that they do accept now other cultures and believes out in the open! πŸ˜€

    Comment by noracassandra | December 26, 2007 | Reply

  9. Merry Christmas. Wishing you all the best in life. πŸ™‚

    Comment by MacaholiQ8 | December 26, 2007 | Reply

  10. Little Diamond! Eidayn Mubarakayn! I love it!

    Purg – It seems to be an amazing year, does it not? I was surprised – and delighted – too, but isn’t this the true spirit of Islam, this tolerance?

    Thanks, Jewaira.

    Blue Dress – Sultan Center, Crowne Plaza, The One. And have you noticed – Christmas trees EVERYWHERE! Decorated windows for Eid and for Christmas! What a great year!

    Momcat – isn’t it great? No stranger than our creches with palm trees and Persian wise men!

    Noura – oh! Yes! You are right!

    Joel – no kidding??? Here in Kuwait?

    Noracassandra – It is like the Holy Spirit has dwelt during this season in Kuwait – these two magnificent holidays falling together.

    Macaholic – and to you, brother. πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 27, 2007 | Reply

  11. yeah we’re civilized n stuff.

    Comment by Mrm | December 27, 2007 | Reply

  12. I love this time of year and always (wrongly) thought we would never know it to be Christmas in Kuwait. The only thing missing is having a really ‘white Christmas’…the merryness is all around us πŸ™‚

    Comment by Um Yousef | December 17, 2008 | Reply

  13. p.s, I love your pictures above…they are great!

    Comment by Um Yousef | December 17, 2008 | Reply

  14. LLOOLLL Um Yousef, be careful what you wish for! Imagine snow in Kuwait – I think it is possible, but oh, what chaos!

    Have you noticed all the lights and trees up this year? I am seeing them everywhere!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 18, 2008 | Reply

  15. I think snow would be magical…I was in Santa’s wonderland last week, in a new shopping place opened in London (Westfield, which I believe is the largest Mall in Europe)…anyhow, we all had the chance to catch magic stars and pop them into Santa’s wishing sack…you can geuss I wished really hard for snow…so anything is possible I guess πŸ™‚

    I was driving around Mangaf last night and saw a huge, brightly lit tree in someone’s front room…it looked so lovely I was tempted to knock on their door…the 2 indian men sitting next door with a fire burning high in that cold with the tree in the background would have made a good photo for all you budding photographers out there.
    p.s I have managed to bring cold and very real-like snow with me from London for our tree, so all is not lost πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Comment by Um Yousef | December 19, 2008 | Reply

  16. I love driving around at night and seeing all the trees, and knowing they aren’t all Westerners, that lots of different people are putting up trees. Snow in Kuwait – that would really be something. πŸ™‚ BTW, Santa and reindeer are at Crown Plaza. Pretty!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 19, 2008 | Reply

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