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Efforts on for new Metro System in Kuwait City


The Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB) is moving ahead with plans to develop a new metro system for Kuwait City, with the Higher Committee already having approved the feasibility study.

New daily flights connect Kuwait and Doha


Qatar Airways has announced the launch of additional daily flights between Kuwait and Doha.

Domestic workers cannot travel without sponsors


Domestic workers or those with Article 20 visas are not allowed to travel outside Kuwait without a sponsor, except if they are returning to their home countries.

Kuwait to move ahead with Metro Rail project


Kuwait is moving ahead with its new metro rail system, and the company in-charge of the first phase of the project has announced that it will begin procurement shortly.

Kuwait pavilion launched in Global Village Dubai


The Kuwaiti pavilion was launched in the Global Village 2012 in Dubai, by General Consul of the Consulate General of State of Kuwait, Dubai, and the Northern Emirates, Tareq Al-Hamad, and Salah Al-Haddad, Kuwait Embassy Advisor.

Ban on transfer of commercial visas to work permit lifted


The five-month ban on transfer of commercial visit visas to work permits has been lifted in Kuwait this week.

Waiting list for housing in Kuwait touches record numbers


The pending list of housing applications at the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) is expected to touch 95,000 within two months, marking a record number in Kuwaits history, revealed a senior PAHW source.

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.