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I hear that food and some other things are very cheap in Kuwait but that accommodation is "expensive".

Unfortunately the usual sources, such as Wikitravel don't say how much money "expensive" is.

Also I know there are many guest workers in Kuwait from much poorer countries, including the Philippines.

So what prices am I looking at for the cheapest places to crash? Are there hostels? Are there places to camp in a tent? Are there cheap hotels or something else intended for guest workers but where backpackers would also be able to stay?

I'm interested both for the entire country and for the capital, Kuwait City.

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A similar question asked a year later: How cheap are the cheapest accommodations in Saudi Arabia? –  hippietrail Jan 3 at 4:02
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There are 5 HI hostels in Kuwait, including one in Kuwait City:

http://www.hihostels.com/guide/HI-Hostels-Guide-Kuwait.pdf

Apparently the price for HI members is 3 KD/night, or around US$10. Not too shabby.

Guest workers almost always stay in company dormitories, which don't cater to random travellers. And you'd probably want to avoid them anyway unless sleeping in a tin shed with 50 people and no air con in 50+ degree temps sounds like your idea of a good time...

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+1 for this. I tried hostelbookers and booking.com, my go-to sites, and couldn't beat US$90 on them! –  Mark Mayo Feb 27 '12 at 1:13
    
Wow surprising then that WikiTravel doesn't mention them when it's so easy (-: –  hippietrail Feb 27 '12 at 9:20
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It's a wiki, go fix it! ;) –  jpatokal Feb 27 '12 at 11:42
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Yeah but it's commercial, taking our help for free and making money off it so I don't feel like it d-; –  hippietrail Feb 27 '12 at 18:19
    
So, what are you doing on StackExchange.com then? This is a commercial site as well, with the same content license (CC by-sa) as Wikitravel! –  jpatokal Feb 27 '12 at 22:02
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