Kuwait prides itself on being a country of Eastern values and Western mentalities, but in this modernized country, it is often difficult to figure out where East meets West; where do you find a similar minded (and hearted) person and then how do you determine if he/she wants a life, not just a lifestyle? There are a lot of myths that you shouldn't try to mingle with Kuwaitis (Arabs for that matter). The key is to be more discreet than you would be in the US. What about arriving in kowait city with my 8years love (not married yet)?
The reality is that many do and many marry people they have fallen in love with.
Overall, it is still the exception and not the rule, yet visit any Starbucks or mall in the country and you can see that Western style dating is happening in Kuwait.
Meeting men in Kuwait is no problem for a Western (or really any other nationality) woman: in the car, at the mall, at a restaurant, in the aisles at Sultan Center, walking, on the internet. There are common dating rules to follow in the West and almost everyone plays by them: You meet someone you like, you fall in love, you meet his friends, you meet his family, you might move in together, you get engaged, you get married and have kids.
Kuwait isn'Xt as easy for a Western woman dating Kuwaiti men.
The culture here wants the men to marry one of their own. Hasan, a 40 year old Kuwaiti friend, was on an elevator with his British wife and a Kuwaiti woman actually turned to him in Arabic and said, "What is wrong with Kuwaiti women? " It has been said that foreign women cost less to marry because there is no need for mahr (dowry), or expensive wedding jewelry (chabka) as tradition when marrying a Kuwaiti woman.
In the US, it is the custom for the father of the bride to pay for the wedding; grooms and/or their family pay for weddings in Kuwait.
Some men may opt to marry first, then announce; but then probably at the loss of the big wedding with the beautiful gown and all the flowers and with no guarantee of a smooth transition into the family.
Dating is complicated in the Moslem world by the fact that Moslems aren't supposed to date.
Internet dating services and chat rooms have allowed people in Kuwait to get to know each other before meeting as well.