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Saudi Arabian Embassy in Kuwait suspends issue of Omrah visas

25/8/2011The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Kuwait has stopped issuing visas to perform Omrah, the minor pilgrimage, as the stipulated period by Saudi Authorities for Omrah has ended.

KAC privatization procedures underway

23/8/2011The Privatisation Committee of Kuwait Airways (PrivComm) and its advisers are following up with all parties who have entered into contract regarding Expressions of Interest (EoI) of the privatisation programme.

Expat workers on government contracts should work 3years prior to transfer

23/8/2011Expatriate workers working on government contracts can now transfer to another sponsor if necessary, provided, they have adhered to the current sponsor for at least three consecutive years, announced the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour in Kuwait.

Public Works Minister inspects First Ring Road project

19/8/2011The Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs, Dr Fadhel Safar, paid an inspectional visit to First Ring Road project this week, to monitor its latest developments.

Kuwait Ministry temporarily suspends processing of commercial visit visas

19/8/2011The Labour Ministry in Kuwait is likely to temporarily suspend the processing of commercial visit visas to companies, owing to growing number of expatriate workers in Kuwait.

Kuwait PTB signs deal for Railroad project

11/8/2011Kuwait Partnership Technical Bureau (PTB) has entered into a KD2.

Middle East professionals claim salary hikes do not match cost of living

11/8/2011Nearly 41% of professionals in Middle East revealed that they have nothing to save from their income with biggest non-housing expenditure being on food (40.

Ministry bans conversion of visit visas to work permits

9/8/2011Effective 1st September this year, visit visas will no longer be converted to work permits in Kuwait, announced the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MSAL).

Ramadan working hours announced by Ministry

3/8/2011The official working hours for Ramadan has been announced by the Interior Ministry.

New beneficial Healthcare scheme for NRIs in Kuwait

3/8/2011Indian nationals in Kuwait can now benefit from new healthcare insurance program, which is being launched as part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the successful partnership between OICL and Al Mulla Group.

Kuwait may permanently end transfer of visit visas to work permits

26/7/2011The Labour Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, Jamal Al-Dosary, revealed that Kuwait may permanently put an end to the practice of transferring visit visas to work permits.

Increase in capping of family visas likely

21/7/2011The Interior Ministry is considering proposals to increase capping on family visas from KD250 at present of KD500.

Sponsors falling under code 71 to face stringent actions

12/7/2011The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour assured that it will remain committed to its promise to help expatriates under code 71, permitting them to transfer to another sponsor, if required.

Extensive construction works destroying rich Kuwait history

12/7/2011An antiques expert, Sultan Al-Duwaish, lamented that due to extensive constructions happening in the historically rich area, Subbiyah, plenty of information on Kuwaits history is actually getting lost, which otherwise, could have been recorded through archeological excavations.

New Qatar Airways flight to link Kuwait and Doha daily

12/7/2011Qatar Airways has announced additional new daily flights linking Kuwait and Doha, offering customers more flexi-travel options.

Kuwait lifts freeze placed on residence of certain nationalities

21/6/2011The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in Kuwait, Shaikh Ahmed Al-Hamoud has now instructed the concerned departments to complete the formalities of residence transactions of expatriates belonging to certain nationalities, which was earlier frozen, in accordance with an order issued by the Ministry.

Safat Square under renovation

14/6/2011The Safat Square in Kuwait will be closed for a period of two years for renovation work, as the State plans to develop a public square and markets in zone that is surrounded by five streets in Kuwait City.

Kuwait may introduce residency cap on expatriates

14/6/2011The Government in Kuwait has announced plans to introduce residency cap on expatriates, so as to slash their numbers to 45 percent of total population in the country.

Region to witness increased tourist arrivals

9/6/2011The hotel occupancy in Kuwait grew by three points, touching 61 percent, in comparison to that recorded during same period last year, according to report by Al-Tameer Company for Real Estate Investment.

Kuwait women permitted to sponsor their non-Kuwaiti husbands, kids

9/6/2011The immigration departments in all governorates have begun implementing regulations that permit Kuwaiti women to sponsor their non-Kuwaiti husbands and children.

Temporary visa ban by Kuwait disrupts vacation plans of families

31/5/2011With Kuwait having stopped issuance of visas to nationals from Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Syria, several families have been facing difficulties.

Ministry may permit expats to transfer residence to other companies

31/5/2011The Ministry of Labour may issue a decision that permits expatriates to transfer residence to other companies.

Ministries working towards approval of residence transfers

26/5/2011The officials at Immigration General Department, including Ministry of Weather and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour have agreed to permit holders of Article 17, 20, 22 and 24 visas to transfer to Article 18 and 19 visas, and work in commercial and industrial sectors, after applying for the transfer at the labour department.

Kuwait imposes temporary ban on visas for five nationalities

26/5/2011Nationals from Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria are banned from entering Kuwait, the Kuwait media reports.

Shelter for accommodation of mal-treated expat workers

18/5/2011A budget of KD700,000 has been approved for establishment of a shelter for expat workers, who have escaped from their sponsors due to maltreatment, delayed payment of salaries and labour problems.