Coming to a foreign country can be a scary experience - especially when you venture into public toilets.
Public toilets in Kuwait: Avoid any places government-related would be my advice. Most of the malls and privately-owned toilets are fine.
Squat toilets are mostly outdated these days with the exception of traditional places (or private homes); where you will usually find both "squat" and "sit". As a woman who enjoys the freedom of being able to wear tight jeans and stilettos, I have conquered the squat toilet to much acclaim; I can do it drunk or sober, in sickness and in health, in variations of seasonal changes. The squat toilet is not to be feared. It is actually more sanitary than "sit" toilets, as you never touch anything. Unfortunately, they seem to be smellier. I have also found that the little foot grooves are often dirty.
Most places in Kuwait have western-standard "sit" toilets. The differences in the bathrooms that you will find here will be:
Bidets: OhmahGod I love bidets! Just be careful that if you are using one, you check the water temperature first. In the summer, you may just quite literally burn your ass. Bidets are just good, clean fun. You don't see a lot of Summer's Eve products in this part of the world and there is a reason for that.... just sayin....
Water hoses: There are water hoses in every stall (and I miss them when I go back to the States). People use water in this part of the world to clean their private parts. (I do too - MUCH more sanitary and you have that clean, fresh feeling all day.)
Bathroom attendants (a service of the past in Western countries where minimum wage has made them outdated). They can be annoying because they just stand there and you will get the puppy eyes until you give them a tip. They hold the hand-towels hostage, so they have to hand them to you so they are doing you a service which you feel you must reward them for. You know that they are only making about 2 cents, so you start digging looking for coins. Alms for the poor and all that.
So Nelson, thanks for writing and I hope this answers your questions. If there are any other interesting Kuwait factoids that I can impart, please do let me know.
PEOPLE: What is your favorite public bathroom in Kuwait? What is your least favorite? Inquiring minds want to know! Tell us!