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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.

Barbecue in public places can draw KD1000 fine


Kuwait has strictly announced a fine of KD1000, if people barbecue in public locations.

Cabinet approves privatization of Kuwait Airways


The Cabinet in Kuwait has passed a draft law to privatize the state carrier Kuwait Airways within next three years.

Three-year work permits open to special medical professions


The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour has allowed granting three years work permit to certain specialized medical professions like Physicians, X-Ray and Lab Technicians, irrespective of the validity period of their commercial licenses of their hospitals or medical centres.

Kuwait-Iraq flight services restored after 22 years


The first passenger plane from Kuwait to Iraq touched Najaf Airport this week, after 22 years following the Kuwaiti invasion and deterioration of relations between the two nations in 1991.

Ambitious infrastructure projects in pipeline for Kuwait


Kuwait is all set for an ambitious infrastructure programme planned over the next two years, with investments worth $12.

Kuwaitis investing more on foreign properties


The Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Kuwait, Abdulaziz Al-Khaldi, reported that there is a huge surge in purchase of properties in foreign countries by Kuwaitis, particularly in Arab Gulf States and Turkey.

EoIs invited from companies for the first metro project in Kuwait


The Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB) in Kuwait has invited companies to submit Expression of Interest (EoI) for investment in an Integrated Rolling Stock and Systems Company, which forms part of the first metro project in the country.

Tender for construction of new terminal at International Airport


Kuwait will be launching an initial tender for construction of a second terminal at the international airport.

Residence permit of nearly 300,000 residents needs authentication


The authenticity of residence permit of nearly 300,000 residents in Kuwait will have to be verified by concerned authorities, reports Al-Watan, an Arabic daily.