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The Avenues in Kuwait welcomes 42million visitors last year


About 42million visitors thronged The Avenues mall in the year 2013, marking 75 percent increase in comparison to just 24million visitors in 2012.

New Kisok machines enable money transfer to all nations across the world


Kuwait has introduced the latest device, namely the Kiosk machine, to transfer money to all countries across the world.

Kuwait should look into surging rents and expat policies


Majority of expatriates consider rising rents to be the biggest issue, and they would like to see a seal on climbing rents, revealed the latest online poll.

New law on anvil may grant citizenship to Bedouins


The Kuwaiti MP is compelling the government to approve legislation which would grant citizenship to a particular number of stateless people every year, aimed at reducing the high number of Bedouins in the country.

Kuwait may grant amnesty to illegal expats early next year


Kuwait plans to grant an amnesty to illegal expatriates early next year.

GCC Rail Network to link all Gulf States by 2018


Completion of the GCC rail network by 2018 will not only bring prosperity to UAE, but also to the five GCC neighbours, as rail lines are being constructed across the nations, said Etihad Rail.

Single GCC visa to be ready by mid-2014


GCC countries are planning to launch the European-style Schengen Visa by mid-2014 to enable easy and smooth movement of Gulf-based expatriates and foreign businessmen of the six-member bloc.

Avenues Mall bags Best Shopping Centre 2013 award


The Avenues Mall has been granted the Gold Award for Best Shopping Centre 2013 under the expansion and design category for the MENA region.

Major focus needed on reviving domestic tourism


Domestic tourism is booming in several countries across the world, particularly during time of distress, said Nabila Al-Anjeri, General Manager of Leaders Group Company for Consultancy and Development.

Kuwait plans to establish annual nationality quota for expat population


Kuwaitis constitute only 31 percent of total population in Kuwait, while the rest 69 percent are expatriates, said the Chairperson of Structural Plan Committee at the Municipality Council, Mansoor Al-Khureinij.

Sharp increase in house rentals


Kuwait saw a sharp increase in housing rents this year, says latest statistics.

Kuwait joins GCC construction boom with $24bn worth projects


More than $24bn contracts may be awarded to Kuwait next year, which is double the value of contracts this year, say analysts.

Kuwait plans $75bn investment in infrastructure projects


Kuwait plans to invest $75bn infrastructure investments on energy, power, and housing projects until the year 2016, aiming to raise confidence about projects market in the country and the economy as a whole.

Ministry launches online transfer of residencies


The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour has launched online transfer of residencies shortly to reduce the pressure witnessed in various departments and sectors.

Public Holiday on 19th November


HH Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak has declared 19th November, Tuesday, to be a public holiday in Kuwait.

Kuwait to impose tax on expat money transfers


The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) is considering the possibility of imposing taxes on the money transfers of expatriates in living in Kuwait.

Kuwait in Dubai Expo strengthens UAE, Kuwait ties


The second Kuwait in Dubai week exhibition was held from 4th to 6th November at the Ritz Carlton, DIFC, in the presence of Kuwaiti and Emirati officials.

Immigration department cracks down on visit visa violators with stringent rules


The General Immigration Department has announced that foreigners who violate the duration and conditions for visit visa will be banned from entering Kuwait for a period of two years.

Ministry to introduce new strategy to address housing issue


A new mechanism for addressing the housing issue will be completed soon, and it will be referred to the National Assembly in December, the State Minister for Housing and Municipal Affairs, Salem Al-Utheina revealed in a recent press statement in Kuwait.

Major reduction in expat population likely in Kuwait


A major reduction of expatriate population is likely in Kuwait over the next decade, agreed 54% of voters in an online poll by Arab Times.

Jazeera Airline to build its own terminal


Kuwaits low-budget airline, Jazeera Airways, has been given government approval to build its own terminal and facilities.

Airport taxis implement new increased tariff


The Kuwait International Airport taxi services have increased its tariff and the new tariff is between KD4 (for areas near airport) and KD20 (for border areas).

Procedures for replacement of sponsorship system considered


The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour is seeking a recommendation to establish a separate budget for Labour Public Authority when it prepares the budget for financial year 2014-15, in April.

Housing shortage, a major cause of concern


Kuwait may be one of the worlds richest countries per capita, but the nation is facing serious shortage of housing, and it is high-time that the government tackles the shortage of government-funded housing units, and considers it as top priority, say officials in the Gulf Arab State.

Kuwait grants visa waiver to Turkish nationals


The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Saba al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah announced that the cabinet approved a visa waiver program for Turkish nationals willing to visit Kuwait on reciprocal basis.