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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.

Kuwait Tourism sector shows good improvement


According to latest data, the tourism sector in Kuwait has had a good summer this year, with its hotel sector having outperformed those in other GCC markets.

Indus India Property Exhibition unveiled


One of the largest real estate exhibitions in Kuwait, Indus India Property Exhibitions 2013, will be held in Kuwait on 25th and 26th October 2013 at the Ramada Hotel in Al Riggae.

Red Mosque - an architectural haven of peace amidst the city buzz


The majestic and resplendent red structure, namely the Red Mosque, is located on the First Ring Road, as one cruise, in the Sheraton roundabout, in Kuwait City.

Flydubai shifts main terminal operations from Kuwait International Airport


Flydubai has shifted its eight daily flight operations from the main terminal at Kuwait International Airport to Sheikh Saad al Abdallah General Aviation Terminal.

Sponsorship system finally makes way to exit in Kuwait


Changing the sponsorship system or kafeel system for expats will get effective within a few months in Kuwait, the Undersecretary of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, Jamal al-Dosari confirmed.

New Commercial licenses law to get underway in Kuwait soon


Plans for new commercial licenses law in Kuwait are ready, confirmed the Commerce and Industry Minister, Anas al Saleh.

Curtain falls on the first Big Five Expo


A major three-day construction expo, The Big Five, concluded at the Kuwait International Fairground (KIFG) in Mishref, yesterday.

Travel ban to be imposed for non-payment of traffic fines


Effective October 2013, both expatriates and national residents who are yet to pay traffic fines would be banned from travelling, according to latest rule by Traffic Department.

Mubaraiya Souk now open to receive visitors


Named after the late Amir Sheikh Mubarak Al-Sabah, the Mubarakiya Souk is now ready to receive visitors.