Kuwait among least welcoming countries of world

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Of 140 countries ranked the Gulf state ranked 137 faring worse than all nations except Russia, Venezuela and Bolivia, according to the report

Of 140 countries ranked the Gulf state ranked 137 faring worse than all nations except Russia, Venezuela and Bolivia, according to the report

Kuwait is among the world's least friendly countries towards tourists, according to a global travel and tourism competitiveness survey by the World Economic Forum.

Of 140 countries ranked the Gulf state ranked 137 faring worse than all nations except Russia, Venezuela and Bolivia, according to the report.

From the Middle East and North Africa region, Morocco had the best attitude towards foreign visitors coming in at 3rd place behind New Zealand and Iceland.

The UAE was ranked as the 15th place, followed by Yemen (18), Bahrain (20), Lebanon (22), Oman (35), Jordan (52), Egypt in (61), Algeria (94), Qatar (109) and Saudi Arabia (128).

Tourism competitiveness of countries is determined by laws and regulations, environment protection, safety, healthcare, air, land and marine transport infrastructure, tourism infrastructure, price competitiveness, nature and cultural resources, as well as other aspects.

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Posted by: David

Set to travel to Kuwait in May for research (6 days). Traveling from Florida. I guess i'll find out with first-hand experience.

Posted by: mike dipaola

I was in Kuwait Jan. 2001, I thought it was the mosy hospitable place I have ever visited. ALL the people I met were very friendly towards me, an American.

Posted by: John

I've no idea why anyone would WANT to go to Kuwait unless they really had to.

The most staggering about the place, however, is the utter lack of decent places to eat. It's all fast food chains.

Little wonder that it's one of the fattest, most unhealthy nations on earth.

Posted by: Matthew

Kuwait is a beautiful, blessed land, filled with beautiful, welcoming people. To experience living in Kuwait is to achieve a State of Grace. Every morning I wake up knowing I'm not in Kuwait is a day I want to go to the airport and just simply take the flight back. My heart bleeds when I think of having to leave Kuwait. The report is flawed.

Posted by: Mary

Is that you expat in the city? Exactly, what are you doing in the UAE? In a well-run country with a formative government where every Emariti is privledged to be born in country with a government that cares so deeply for future generations of people? Where decisions are implemented not just discussed as empty promises and at the end of the day there is an actual gameplan that is implemented that moves this country forward? You need to get on the first Kuwait Airways flight, (gee hope they're polite to you) and queue up in that overcrowded space they call immigration for an hour only to be glared at by a staff that won it the most unfriendliest nation for tourists. Quick get moving!

Posted by: Lonely

Matthew, What on earth are you doing in the UAE?? Come home soon!

Posted by: SAM

Tourists in Kuwait? I guess Kuwaitis know that anyone that goes to Kuwait is for a job and nothing else. So they are unfriendly, so what? Tourism and friendliness was never their slogan and for such a tiny country, tourism was never a major source of income.

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