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Avenues Mall turning into top shopping and leisure destination


The Avenues Mall recorded more than 24 million visitors, including nationals, tourists and expatriates in 2011, showing a marked 8percent growth, in comparison to the 2010 figures.

360 Mall wins coveted ICSC Gold Award


360 Mall has bagged the coveted International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) Gold Award for Innovative Design and Development, marketing and retail programs of new project for 2011 for MENA region.

Interior Ministry plans granting citizenship to eligible illegal residents


The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Ahmad Hmoud Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Thursday, speaking about the issue of illegal residents, mentioned that a law is being prepared for illegal residents, intending to grant Kuwaiti citizenship to those eligible.

Labour Ministry working on self-sponsorship law for expatriates


The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MSAL) has suggested that expatriates can seek self-sponsorship, provided they have a minimum balance of KD10,000 in their bank account.

Subbiya - Second City in Kuwait


A panel discussion titled Subbiya – Building Kuwaits Second City, hosted by the Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait (AUK), together with Arabana Project, to discuss the social and cultural impacts associated with development plans in Subbiya.

Kuwait may grant citizenship to 34,000 illegal residents


The Gulf state of Kuwait, currently home to 105,000 stateless people (illegal residents), has announced that it may grant citizenship to 34,000 of them, the Head of a government authority monitoring their affairs said.

Work permit, transfer applications suspended temporarily


The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour has announced that the processing of transfer applications will be suspended, while work permit applications for government projects may not be accepted, beginning 25th December, for a two week period, to carry out inventory and organizing tasks.

More than 50 Kuwaiti firms participate in Career Fair 2011


The three-day Career Fair 2011 was unveiled at the Kuwait International Fair Ground (KIFG) in Mishref on 13th February 2011, with nationals and expatriates alike thronging the fair.

e-gate website offers e-governmental services round-the-clock


The official e-gate website in Kuwait can serve as a one stop solution for nationals, residents, business people, and government bodies alike, seeking more than 453 e-governmental services round the clock.

Ban on transfer of commercial visit visas to work permits, lifted in Kuwait


The commercial visit visas in Kuwait can be transferred into work permits, from early 2012, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour has announced.

Separate hospitals planned for expatriates


 Both expatriates and nationals in Kuwait have condemned the plan to build separate hospitals for expatriates.

Kuwait hotel sector witnesses downward trend in August 2011


According to specialized economic report, Kuwaits hotel sector has witnessed a downward trend during the month of August 2011, as the rate of occupancy fell by 2.

New regulation regarding transfer of work permits approved by Ministry


Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour have approved the latest regulation, governing transfer of work permits of workers completing three years with their sponsors.

Labour Ministry permits exemption of certain nationalities from visa fees


The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour will soon permit nationals of European Union member states, America, Japan and other nations, to transfer commercial visit visas into work permits, exempting them from visa fees.

Hike in pay-scales for public sector employees draws criticism

27/9/2011Several experts have warned against approving new pay-scales for public sector employees without conducting a property study about the nation’s economy, as it could lead to inflation during the first quarter of next year.

New 550km long highways to come up in Kuwait

27/9/2011New highways worth US$6bn are likely to come up in three and a half years, revealed the Ministry of Public Works in Kuwait.

Works at Mubarak Al-Kabeer Port almost ready

20/9/2011The Ministry of Public Works in Kuwait has announced that the construction works on the causeway and railway at the building site of Mubarak Al-Kabeer Port is already complete.

Expatriates permitted to convert commercial visas into work permits

20/9/2011Beginning next year, expatriates can obtain work permits by transferring their commercial visa.

Expats can invite second-degree relatives to Kuwait on visit visas

16/9/2011Expatriates in Kuwait are permitted to bring their second-degree relatives on visit visas, provided the applicant is an engineer, doctor or a professional holding a good job, earning minimum of KD500 per month, according to latest instructions by the Immigration General Department of the Interior Ministry.

Raising of Salary Cap for dependent visas unlikely

7/9/2011There has been no official notification to consider the possibility of raising salary cap for issuance of family or dependent visa, said an official at the General Immigration Department.

Boubyan Island to be developed completely

7/9/2011Plans are on to fully develop the Boubyan Island in Kuwait, a senior official at Ministry of Public Works announced.

Kuwait to build major residential cities for expat accommodation

2/9/2011Kuwait is going ahead with construction of three major residential cities for expat accommodation.

Largest Mosque draw more than 180,000 worshippers on Eid

2/9/2011Kuwaits Grand Mosque, located in downtown Kuwait City, received more than 180,000 worshippers on the day of Eid Al Fitr, who were keen to observe the Lailat Al-Qadr (the night of power or night value).

Automatic work-permit renewal to be implemented

27/8/2011The Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Sector, Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, Jamal Al-Dosri, revealed that the work permits of labourers will be renewed automatically from September.

Jahra Road project aimed at modernizing Kuwait

25/8/2011Infrastructural development is among the main projects undertaken by the Kuwaiti government for modernization of Kuwait.