With one of the most open economies in the Gulf, Kuwait has a highly skilled workforce and a low unemployment rate. While the government is taking steps to reduce the number of foreigners working in the country, expats are still valued.
The centre of business is the capital, Kuwait City. Oil is still the country’s biggest industry, but other key sectors include construction, finance, education and healthcare.
In The World Bank’s 2017 Ease of Doing Business Survey, Kuwait was ranked 102nd out of 190 countries, scoring particularly well for paying taxes. But it scored poorly for starting a business, mainly because you need a Kuwaiti business partner who has a controlling share in the company.