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Introduction of Green Card system concept proposed


The immigration laws in Kuwait need to be reformed to help improve the condition of foreign workers and end abuse by visa traffickers, it has been suggested.

Works Ministry plans KD21mn worth road projects to ease traffic


The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) is working towards creating several intersections at entry and exit points of Jahra governorate.

Ramadan begins on 20th July in Kuwait


According to astronomer in Kuwait, Ramadan will begin on 20th July.

Nationals violating residential building rules will be blacklisted


Nationals who violate the by-laws and regulations in residential buildings by renting them to people for purposes other than accommodations, will be blacklisted, the Ministry of Interior has emphasized.

New law in Kuwait permits domestic worker transfers under same sponsor


Domestic workers in Kuwait are now allowed to transfer to the private sector under the same sponsor, or his first degree relatives, according to latest regulation by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour.

Bogus employment of nationals in private sector criticized


Kuwait incurred losses amounting to KD60mn a year, due to bogus employment of nationals in private sector, say latest media reports.

Minister proposes solutions to housing problems in Kuwait


The housing problem faced by Kuwait in recent times can be resolved, and the government only need to convince the nationals to live in high-rise buildings in new cities at the outskirts of the country, says Former Minister of Housing Affairs, Yahya Al-Sumait.

Al Hamra Tower, the tallest sculpted tower in the world


Al Hamra Firdous Tower, one of the best creations by Skidmore, Owings & Merril (SOM), is one of the tallest towers in Kuwait City.

Jazeera, first airline to introduce self-check-in service


Jazeera Airways is the first airline in Kuwait to offer a self-check-in service, by introducing state-of-the-art kiosks that enable travellers to check-in, select their seat and print boarding passes independently.

Nearly 88,000 Kuwaitis, expats issued travel bans


Nearly 88,000 people, both Kuwaitis and expatriates included, have been slapped travel bans by court verdicts, it has been reported.

Kuwait International Airport to handle 13mn passengers by 2016


Kuwait International Airport aims to handle 13 million passengers by 2016, with the number of passengers passing through the airport having touched 703,000 in May, marking 11percent growth year-on-year.

Kuwait Metro Project enters second phase


The metro project in Kuwait has already entered into its first phase, and the second phase will begin shortly, while the whole project is likely to be ready by 2020.

Transfer of Residence permit to work visas extended till 30th November


Domestic workers seeking to transfer their residence permits to work visas are granted time till 30th November 2012, to abide by the Ministerial decision No 218/2012, issued earlier by the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, Gen.

Kuwaitis among majority of visitors to Qatar


Majority of Kuwaitis and expatriate community in Kuwait are said to have been considering visiting Qatar this summer.

Expats may have to produce clearance letter before leaving Kuwait


The Ministry of Interior may soon approve a decision to mandate foreigners leaving the country permanently, to present a letter from General Traffic Directorate.

Kuwait to re-start transfer of domestic to work visas


The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour in Kuwait will re-open doors to domestic workers, to transfer their residence to private sector, beginning June 2012, said Mohammed Al-Kandari, the Undersecretary of Ministry for Labour Affairs.

Kuwait records 19% decline in expat numbers


The expatriate numbers in Kuwait have dropped by 19 percent a year, according to official statistics released by the General Immigration Department at the Interior ministry.

Five-year validity for expat work permits recommended


The Ministry of Interior has demanded that expatriate labour forces be granted the opportunity of issuing work permits, with maximum five-year validity, so that it can help curb visa trafficking, apart from easing pressure on labour and migration department.

$6bn expansion planned for Kuwait International Airport


The Kuwait Government has announced plans to invest $6bn towards expansion of its international airport aimed to handle at least 13million passengers by 2016, a top official of civil aviation authority said on Tuesday.

Single visa system for GCC cruise passengers by September 2012


The much-awaited single visa system for cruise passengers of GCC nations may finally be implemented in September this year, a senior official at the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing said.

Travel World Expo 2012 concludes in Kuwait


The Travel World Expo 2012 concluded yesterday in Kuwait, which involved participation of 30 local and international travel agencies.

Labour Ministry embarks on pilot test for online transactions


The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MSAL) has begun a pilot test for a project that enables major companies to complete labour transactions online, a Senior Ministry official said.

Metro project progressing to get operational by 2020


Nation-wide metro system is hoped to address the growing issue of traffic congestion, creating better growth prospects in business, commercial and residential fronts.

Avenues Mall expansion may cater to small businesses


Mabanee Real Estate Company, which is monitoring the Avenues Mall project, said that part of the new expansion of the mall will be allocated for small businesses in Kuwait.

Municipal Council grants approval for free zone in South Kuwait


The Municipal Council in Kuwait has granted approval for creation of a free zone in South Kuwait, but, has sought relevant design details, in-line with criteria and conditions set out for free zones.