The findings of a recent survey in Kuwait indicated a wide economic gap between Kuwaitis and expatriates.
The survey, prepared by the Ministry of Planning, showed that the monthly average expenditure of a Kuwaiti family reached KD1,610, whereas the corresponding figure for an expatriate family totals KD552, Al-Watan daily reported. According to the research, the monthly average expenditure of a Kuwaiti resident equals KD177, whereas an expatriate spends an average of KD108 per month.
Executed between April 1, 1999 to March 31, 2000, the survey involved 381 Kuwaiti families and 325 non-Kuwaiti families.
The expenditures of Kuwaiti families on housing, water, electricity and gas were the primary expenses with an average of KD393 per month, followed by spending on food, beverages and tobacco, with an average of KD254 per month. (KD1=$3.33).