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Hello Jake,
Reply for your querries.
1. As per the local standards only Kuwaity engineers can start consultancy office. License will be issued to such firms.
2. The design stndards are American and British standards.
3. I am working in a medium sized company and name of our firm is Alhabshi consultants office. Our Kuwaiti boss is a B.S. in engineering degree holder from US and he got his masters from UK.
We are quite active in local as well as international markets. We are working with few American comapnies in Kuwait and we would like to pursue opportunities of association with your firm.
On 12/01/06, Jake Watson <jwatson(--nospam--at)> wrote:

My office is chasing some work in Kuwait.  This will be a first time for us is the middle-east.  I have heard some interesting stories from other companies which have done work there (mid-east).  If anyone can answer any of the following questions for us, it would be great.


  1. Do I need to obtain a local engineering license to practice?  If so, who do I contact to start the process?
  2. What is the design standard? (IBC, UBC, a EuroCode, my choice, etc)
  3. Are there any local engineering firms which people would recommend?  Obviously we have never worked there before.  We are debating potentially hiring a local firm to work with.  This would help solve the first two problems and also help us with construction practices in the region.




Jake Watson, P.E.
Salt Lake City, UT

Structural Engineer
Al Habshi Consultants Office
P.O.Box 27154
Safat 13132, Kuwait
Tel. 965-2430103