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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.

Wide-scale campaign launched on residency violators in Kuwait

18/5/2011The Acting Assistant Interior Ministry Undersecretary for Nationality and Passports, Maj Gen Abdullah Khalifa Al-Rashed, has announced the launch of security clampdown on residency violators.

Expo City announces real estate exhibition in Kuwait

12/5/2011Kuwait International Property Show will be held between 22nd and 25th May at the Regency Kuwait Hotel, involving participation of 20 local and foreign real estate developers, announced Expo City.

Nearly 600 workers laid-off by Wataniya Airways

12/5/2011The Kuwait National Airways (KNA), also known as Wataniya Airways has laid off atleast 600 workers and has terminated aircraft lease contracts.

Residence law violators given opportunity to legalize status during amnesty

27/4/2011The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour in Kuwait has issued work permits to residence law violators so as to legalize their status during the amnesty period.

Kuwait Ministry approves new pay scales for school teachers

21/4/2011The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has approved new salary scales for school teachers, and has requested the Ministry of Education to begin the pay out procedures.

Expat health insurance policy to cost minimum KD130 annually

12/4/2011The new health insurance policy for expatriate personnel will cost minimum of KD130 every year, while families are liable for special discounts, revealed the Head of the Founding Committee of New Health Insurance Company, Mohammad Al-Munaifi.

Kuwait to suspend issuance of work permits indefinitely

12/4/2011The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour has announced plans to suspend issuance of work permits indefinitely, owing to growth in number of marginal workers in the country.

World Travel Exhibition 2011 to kick-start in Kuwait next week

30/3/2011The World Travel Exhibit 2011 will be held next Wednesday at the Internationl Fair Ground, said the Kuwait International Fair (KIF) yesterday, adding that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, represented by the tourism sector will sponsor the event.

Pass test to confirm qualification, says Labour Minister

30/3/2011The Labour Minister in Kuwait has emphasized on specifying the exact job descriptions in the Kuwaiti labour market, so as to facilitate appointment of qualified personnel that fulfill their specifications.