12.5 thousand "family members" have left Kuwait

Recent statistics indicate that the migration of expatriate families to Kuwait is continuing. The year 2017 alone saw the departure of about 12.5 thousand of those holding family accommodation. The arrival of registered workers according to Article 18 (in the private sector) reached 1.3 million by the end of 2015, 2014. 
this exodus reflected negatively on all areas most notably the real estate field, as reported statistics issued by the public Authority for civil Information "policy" got a copy of which there are 105 thousand and 496 free apartment in Kuwait until the end of December 2017. 

"The apartments are two hundred and nine thousand and 447, which means that more than a third of apartments in Kuwait in general are free of housing due to the expansion of construction in recent years and also because of the flight of many families coming from the hell of high fees on them from all directions."
Despite the government's statements to amend the demographic structure in the country, the figures of statistical migration confirms that the number of stays Article 18 work in the civil sector in 2017 amounted to 1.4 million, while the number 1.3 at the end of 2016, that there are sixty-nine thousand and 230 expatriates entered Kuwait to establish civil work . 

On a parallel line statistics indicate the General Authority for Civil Information to find that there are four thousand and 998 expatriates unemployed. 

Domestic labor also was not far from the increase, rising in 2017, by 11 thousand and 170 workers from the previous year and reached 676 thousand and 592 after it was in 2016 about 666 thousand and 422 workers.

The statistics of the General Directorate of Migration indicate that there has been an increase in the total number of stays in general during the last years of 2014 to 2017. For example, the total number of meetings until the end of December 2017 was about two million seven hundred and seventy-seven thousand and 955 stay, while the number at the end of 2016 about two million six hundred And ninety-seven and 195 accommodation, indicating an increase of seventy-seven thousand and 760 residence by the end of 2017 by the end of 2016. 

In this context, the Secretary of the Union of Real Estate and Kuwaiti businessman Qais Al-Ghanim said that the official statistics that indicated the cancellation of more than 12 thousand entry to Kuwait from Kuwait in 2017 can not be denied, but there are more numbers than that left Kuwait from the enrollment and family Difficult to enumerate in the statistical since most of them leave their stays without cancellation due to cancellation automatically after 6 months.

Al-Ghanim said that the real estate market in Kuwait is the most stagnant and the successive losses due to the polarization of single men from employment and the exit of families coming from Kuwait, evidenced by the increase in the growth of apartments without housing and the current trend by the owners of buildings to reduce the value of residential rents. 

He added that the entry of bachelors from employment to the private sector, despite its border with foreign workers and marginalization has very serious implications for the movement of selling and buying in Kuwait, similar to the recession experienced by the food market and tomorrow will affect the owners of private schools, pointing out that the increase in health fees and other arrivals Has contributed strongly to the exclusion of expatriate families and the survival of singles.

Residential Establishment: Project (South Sabah Al Ahmad Housing)

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Project (South Sabah Al Ahmad Housing)

KUWAIT, Aug 11 (KUNA) - The General Organization for Housing Welfare said on Saturday that the South Sabah Al Ahmad Housing project is one of the most advanced and modern projects in line with the Foundation's approach to diversifying and developing its projects. 

Mr. Nasser Khreibat, Deputy Director General for Planning and Design, said in a press statement that the Foundation seeks to develop residential designs, urban planning, infrastructure and networks of modern and sustainable environmental services in the project. Khreibat explained that the planning of the project was aimed at achieving the highest percentage of residential plots with distinctive sites and raising the efficiency of vouchers. He explained that the highways network implemented by the General Authority for Roads and Land Transport for the project will facilitate its connection to the surrounding areas. 
He pointed out that the project includes many commercial, investment, sports, medical, educational and industrial activities that qualify it to be a center of the urban area in the southern region.

It is noteworthy that (housing) has already last month to meet with the service providers in the State within the framework of preparing to distribute housing vouchers in the project before opening the door for privatization of citizens. 
The South Sabah Al Ahmad residential project covers an area of ​​60 square kilometers and is expected to accommodate about 25,000 housing units, which together comprise about 300,000 people. 

 

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Eid al Adha will be celebrated on Tuesday August 21, 2018, Arafat day will be on Monday August 20, 2018

Eid al Adha on Tuesday August 21, 2018, Arafat Day on August 20

Eid al Adha will be celebrated on Tuesday August 21, 2018, Arafat day will be on Monday August 20, 2018, the Saudi Supreme Court announced after the Dhul Hijjah moon is sighted today on Saturday August 11, corresponding to 29th of Dhulka'edah 1439 AH

Eid al Adha on Tuesday August 21, 2018

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Eid al Adha on Tuesday August 21, 2018, Arafat Day on August 20

Eid al Adha will be celebrated on Tuesday August 21, 2018, Arafat day will be on Monday August 20, 2018, the Saudi Supreme Court announced after the Dhul Hijjah moon is sighted today on Saturday August 11, corresponding to 29th of Dhulka'edah 1439 AH

Local banks announces holiday for Eid

Local banks announces holiday for Eid ..

Kuwait The local banks will be closed on Monday, August 20 to August 23 on Eid Al-Adha holiday, the banks will reopen on Sunday, August 26th

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Termination of the services of 3,000 expatriates

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The Civil Service Bureau is preparing to form a committee to continue implementation of Civil Service Council Resolution No. 11 of 2017 on the rules and procedures for the appointment of government posts.

Sources explained that according to the text of the resolution, the Bureau will prepare a study for the next fiscal year 2020/2019, including the identification of functional groups covered by the recruitment of posts, and the percentage target of the number of Kuwaiti employees of the total employment force in the government.

The sources added that the work of the committee extends to each government agency separately, and then determine the number of non-Kuwaiti employees, whose services should be terminated to reach the percentage indicated in the resolution.

The sources said that the plan to dispense with expatriates working for the government for the new financial year, will not include more than 3000 arrivals, noting that the number will be less than last year.

The sources pointed out that the plan to dispense with expatriates can not take place once "it is difficult to dispense with all expatriates working in the government at once."

The decision aims to reach after 5 years the target percentage of Kuwaiti employees in the total labor force, according to the table issued for this decision.

Prices of Kuwaiti vegetables and fruits today

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A copy of the list of prices of the Kuwaiti vegetable product of vegetables and fruits in the Andalusia and Al-Sharja forests on Friday, according to the Kuwaiti Farmers Union.

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The Philippine president visits Israel

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterti will pay an official visit to Israel next month, which will take three days.

This is the first visit by a Philippine president to Israel.

The Israeli ambassador to Manila, Avi Ben Matityahu, said that the visit was due to start on September 3 and that Dotterti would meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.

"It will be the first such visit by a Filipino president," Matityahu told reporters on Friday.

"Agreements are under way to strengthen military and economic relations between the two countries, as well as the relations between the two peoples," he said.

Duterti is expected to be accompanied by a business delegation, where he expects to sign contracts for cooperation in the fields of technology and manufacturing.

Matityahu expressed confidence that the trip would "pave the way for more positive energy" in bilateral relations.

He also expressed the hope that Duterti's visit would help start talks on direct flights between Manila and Tel Aviv to increase tourism rates.

There are about 30,000 Filipinos working in Israel, most of whom are caregivers for children or the elderly. Israel visited 23,000 and 500 Filipinos in 2017, up 61 percent from 2016, according to official statistics.

78% of Filipino housemaids without a weekly day off

Sponsors view domestic helpers as child-like and untrustworthy, despite the extensive responsibilities they shoulder in caring for the home and children

 

A recent social media controversy in Kuwait stirred up regarding the working week of domestic helpers in Kuwait. The reality is that the vast majority of domestic workers do not get a weekly day off, despite the legal requirement to do so.
In an informal survey conducted by Kuwait Times with more than 200 Filipino domestic helpers, we found that around 78 percent do not get a day off work each week. The survey confirms that a majority of employers do not follow the domestic labor law, limiting their adult employees freedom and basic working rights.

A memorandum of agreement (MoA) was signed between the Philippines and Kuwait in May detailing working hours and days off that were specifically requested by the Filipino president in exchange for lifting a temporary ban he had imposed on sending Filipino workers in Kuwait. However, two months after the signing of the MoA, more than two-thirds of Filipina housemaids still do not get a weekly day off from work.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed the ban in February in the wake of reports that Filipino workers were abused and even died in Kuwait, including domestic helper Joanna Demafelis, whose body was found in a freezer at her employers’ residence.

“I really hope and pray that one day, we are allowed to go out regularly. This is my wish – I really need a break after the long week of work. We are human beings and have all the right to take a break and enjoy life,” said Lina, a maid in Kuwait for more than 12 years.

“I only get a day off every Christmas – that’s it. But given the chance, I want to enjoy life during off days, but I don’t get any,” said Felicitas. Another participant in the survey said she only gets 2-3 hours off per month. “At least I can send money to my family in the Philippines,” she said.

Sponsors often treat domestic helpers, especially younger women from the Philippines, like little more than children. Though these women are legal adults and given huge responsibilities including the care and feeding of children, they are not permitted to leave the sponsors’ homes without chaperones.

“My mama (female employer) doesn’t allow me to visit Kuwait City or any other place without ‘bodyguards’ (ie without being accompanied by someone from the family) as they do not trust anyone mingling with us, especially strangers. I think this is okay – I am being cared for and protected,” said 56-year-old Amfaro F, a housemaid who has remained with one sponsor for the past 20 years.

Quite often sponsors cite possible risks including the helper obtaining a boyfriend and getting pregnant – a crime that can result in the helper going to jail, since sex outside of marriage is illegal in Kuwait – or the domestic worker absconding.
A 2015 report by the International Labor Organization on employers attitudes toward domestic helpers in Kuwait cites similar ideas:

“Another practice that reinforces the power and control of employers over domestic workers was the perception that it is up to the employer to grant a day off, rather than the domestic worker’s right to a rest day. Furthermore, if days off were granted, it was perceived that it is up to the employer whether the domestic worker could spend the day off outside or inside the home. “If the worker leaves the house she would later bring problems to the house.” “It is for her [domestic worker] security to stay at home.””

The last hints at another major problem. Sponsors view domestic helpers as child-like and untrustworthy, despite the extensive responsibilities they shoulder in caring for the home and children. This extends to the government on both sides as well.

In his recent visit to Kuwait, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Arnell Arevalo Ignacio floated an idea of a day care center for Filipino domestic helpers. Local agency owners initially agreed to the idea, but nothing has been heard about it since then.

“The memorandum of agreement is there and it was signed. But it is just a piece of paper and we have to do more, for example, the implementation, mechanism and some groundwork to meet the needs of all stakeholders. The president wants me to work on details. We didn’t sign this agreement just to leave it hanging,” Ignacio had said.

Initial talks on the MoA were held in July in Kuwait, to be followed by a second round of talks in the Philippines.

 

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