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New projects to keep Kuwait away from non-oil economy


The development of large projects in power and transport sectors in Kuwait during the second half of 2013 will boost stronger growth in non-oil economy in the country.

New law likely to limit expat residency transfer


The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labours plan to introduce a new regulation that prohibits transfer of residency more than twice, among expatriate workers.

Tougher procedures to be introduced on visit visas


Tougher procedures are required to be introduced with regard to issuance of visitor visas, so that marginal labourers do not gain access into the country, said Maj Gen Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf Al-Sabah, the Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs.

Kuwait Ministry to expel long-serving expatriate employees


Expatriates who have worked for Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour in Kuwait for thirty years or more will have their contracts terminated by 30th June.

Education department seeks exemption from new public sector retirement rules


The cabinet in Kuwait has rejected an appeal from the Education Minister, Nayef Al-Hajraf to exempt senior educators from new retirement rules.

Majority of expats prefer to send money to home countries


During an online poll pertaining to increase in the minimum salary slab, majority of voters (49%) have expressed opinion that they would use the extra amount to repatriate money home.

PACI to begin issuance of Smart Civil ID cards to expats and nationals


The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) will soon distribute smart Civil ID cards for nationals and expatriates under various categories, said Musaed Al-Asousi, the Director General of the authority.

Expat deportation to bear negative impact on Kuwait Labour Market


The announcement of the government plan to deport 100,000 expat labourers annually has had a negative impact on Kuwait labour market, with the cost of recruitment having gone up, and visa trafficking having increased, a top unionist said, in his recent statement.

Expat residents may have to shell fees for using public services


The government in Kuwait has submitted draft law that proposes increasing fees collected from expat residents for using public services in Kuwait, a senior state official said.

New online service introduced for driving tests


The traffic department in Kuwait together with department of data systems has launched a new service that enable making appointment online for driving license tests on trial basis.

Kuwait Fifth Ring Road officially renamed after Late Sheikh Zayed


Kuwait has officially renamed the Fifth Ring Road as Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Road.

Kuwait mulls granting of citizenship to Bidoons


The Parliament has passed a bill granting citizenship for about 4000 foreigners, aiming to resolve the problem of stateless people in Kuwait.

New integrated health record system for expats in GCC


The GCC member states are currently working to introduce a comprehensive health record system for expat workers, which will be linked through an electronic grid and completely integrate them.

Kuwait to stop transfer of visit visas to work permits from 1st April


Kuwait plans to reduce the expatriate numbers in the country by half over the next decade.

Kuwait construction sector hoped to gain momentum in 2013


The construction sector in Kuwait is considering a series of projects, with growing demand from private sector, aimed at generating momentum after a brief period of minimal growth margins.

Privatization of Kuwait national airline gets nearer


As per the latest decision by a Parliamentary committee, the privatisation of national airline in Kuwait, will in-turn reinvigorate a long-stalled programme to open up ownership of other state enterprises, or, part of them to the private sector.

Public sector holiday in Kuwait from 24th to 26th February


The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced that the National and Liberation Day holidays in Kuwait will be from 24th to 26th February 2013.

Kuwait upgrading its infrastructure in a major way


The Kuwait government is finally moving to ease major traffic snarls in Kuwait, after years of inaction, by pushing ahead with the $2.

GCC Railway Authority to be set up by 2014 to oversee rail projects


Towards the year end, the Gulf States will decide about policies on customs and immigration for expatriates residing in the Gulf, and commuting via the planned GCC Railway.

Kuwait travel ban list exceeds 90,000 over the weekend


The Interior Ministry in Kuwait has imposed a travel ban on 90,000 people living in Kuwait, over the last weekend.

Festival of Formative Art likely to display diverse creativity


The 7th Festival of Formative Art is due to begin on 3rd February with the participation of 83 Kuwaiti men and women artists showcasing 126 pieces of diverse creativity.

Establishment of Authority is must for expat workforce


The Chairman of Expatriate Personnel Office at Kuwait Trade Union Federation (KTUF), Abdulrahman Al-Ghanim has demanded the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, Zikra Al-Rasheedi, to focus on the illegal sponsorship system.

Kuwait Parliament approval granted for KAC privatization


The National Assembly (Parliament) in Kuwait has granted approval to the government to begin the privatization plan for the struggling national carrier, Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC).

New hospitals, homes, Failaka Island transformation, on the agenda


MP Taher Al-Failakawi said that Amir has issued directives for government to build new hospitals and 80,000 housing units, and that the Amir praised the co-operation between the executive and legislative authorities.

Kuwait lifts family entry ban on nationals from six countries


Kuwait, last week, announced lifting of ban on nationals from six countries, thereby, partially easing restriction on their entry to Kuwait.