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.
You meet someone you like, you fall in love, you may or may not ever meet his friends; depending on weather his family is open minded or not, you may or may not ever date in public, you may or may not meet the family until (if you get this far) the man announces to them that he plans to marry you.
Then, what happens if the family doesn't agree or worse: World War III erupts and potential-mother-in-law suddenly develops a "near" fatal heart condition?
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.
Westerners dating Kuwaitis face additional layers of confusion brought about by stereotypes and prejudice: sometimes it is just difficult to tell if a man likes you because of yourself and not because you are a Western girlfriend who he can "feel free with" until he marries someone "suitable" that his mother picks out for him: Yes, even if he is 45 and has already been married twice (in the States, this person is known as a "mama's boy" and it is meant as an insult).
Arranged marriages between Kuwaitis are the norm here, even in upper class, educated families.
Internet dating services and chat rooms have allowed people in Kuwait to get to know each other before meeting as well.
People here see the potential to find love through getting to know someone prior to marriage.
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.
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.