In a complex region such as the Middle East, it is a startling, simple inquiry for a young person to make. “Why wait Kuwait?” Nada Faris, a Kuwaiti writer, implores the audience at a slam poetry competition. Nada, 28, is hardly well-known in Kuwait. Yet the poem, which uses Kuwait’s past as a way to examine the present, poses a question asked by many young people. Kuwaitis in their 20s and 30s say their aspirations are impeded by economic and political challenges, despite the potential they see in the country, and they are eager for changes that will let their generation flourish. At the same time, society does not fully recognise their unique blend of identities, which represent a new type of multiculturalism.