Kuwait National and Liberation / Public Holidays 2017

Kuwait National, Liberation Day holidays from February 24th 25th and 26th (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) 2017
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Kuwait Agricultural Farms removed to make way for railway project

Kuwait 43 Agricultural Farms in Wafra and Abdali were withdrawn and their lease contracts were terminated


They are on the route of the planned railway line and regional road, announced Faisal Al-Hasawi, Director of the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR). Hasawi added that he asked relevant authorities to remove all obstacles from these routes, adding that coordination is in progress in this regard with Kuwait Municipality, the Finance Ministry, the Ministry of Public Works, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Fatwa and Legislation Department to finalize all legal and executive procedures needed for the project.



Indian Businessman Pledges 3.8 Million AED to Save Prisoners in Debt

2017 has been declared as the Year of Giving in the UAE and what better way to start it than to learn about this act of kindness from an Indian businessman in Dubai. Firoz Merchant,  Chairman of Pure Gold Jewellers has pledged 1 Million USD (3.8 Million AED) to free those who are in jail in UAE due to non-payment of debts. This began when he rescued 132 expats (including Filipinos) from Ajman Central Jail.

Among the prisoners that Merchant helped came from the Philippines, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Oman, Syria, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. There were also prisoners from his homeland, India, and its neighboring countries, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

Firoz Merchant, Chairman of Pure Gold Jewellers, to Spend 1 Million USD (3.8 Million AED) to Rescue Debt-Ridden Prisoners in UAE

Firoz Merchant Bails Debt Prisoners

Photo credit: Pure Gold Jewellers FB page

“Not Real Criminals”

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Merchant described the prisoners as “unfortunate victims of circumstances,” citing that they are “not real criminals.” He explained that they were sent to jail due to debt-related cases, and mentioned that he wanted to do his best to send them back to their families. Hence, he also provided prisoners with flight tickets, and they are expected to go home over the next few days.

The businessman clarified that his company only considers cases that have been forwarded by prison authorities. These cases have an upper limit set at AED 30,000 and include car loans, rents, medical cases, and school fees. In other words, he and his company consult with official authorities first before settling any cases.

Pure Gold Jewellers Businessman releases jail inmates

Photo credit: Pure Gold Jewellers FB page

Businessman and Philanthropist

As the chairman of Pure Gold Jewellers, Merchant has made a fortune as a businessman. But despite his success, he is a philanthropist, having sent many prisoners back to their homes. Since 2011, he has paid more than AED 3.5 million in debt, thus releasing around 4,000 prisoners.

What’s more, Merchant has pledged USD 1 million (another 3.8 Million AED) to help release prisoners this year. Aside from Ajman Central Jail, he also plans to get in touch with prison authorities at Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain.

“Year of Giving”

Merchant’s efforts are in line with the UAE government’s theme for 2017 as the “Year of Giving.” This was decreed last December by none other than the President, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The government will launch initiatives to spur social development and “create a sense of community responsibility.” It will also focus on giving back to the community, promoting volunteerism, and instilling loyalty and commitment in the next generation.

KUWAIT/Fire hits Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad Cultural Center

Kuwait A fire broke out at Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center in Kuwait city on Monday, with no reports of damage, human injuries or casualties. Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD)'s teams were able to control and put out the blaze.

Invitation for the grand domestic finals of Juniors, Div A and KC KKPL on the 9th and 10th of Feb respectively.

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Grand Domestic Finals of KC U-19 Juniors and Division A Premier League (Seniors) are here like never before.

Kuwait Cricket in collaboration with IELTS IDP Kuwait & MGA cordially invite you for your valuable presence on this Friday the 10th of February.


Bring your families and friends and enjoy a cracker of a time in this beautiful weather where bonfire stations will be set up for families and friends around the ground.



Director Domestic & Marketing
Sajid Ashraf



MP Propose exit visa for expatriates

Kuwaiti MP Majed Al-Mutairi proposed an amendment to the labor law in the private sector stipulating that expatriates must obtain an exit visa in order to leave the country, similar to procedures in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

According to news paper report, this measure is intended to safeguard the interests of Kuwaiti citizens who employ expatriates.  In some cases where expatriates who handle lots of money for Kuwaitis leave the country after taking some of the funds, this step can ensure that the interest of employer is safeguarded.

South Surra driving test department shifted

The general traffic directorate announced that the driving test department in South Surra would be transferred from today for a month, during which the premises would be refurbished by the Ministry of Public Works. 
The directorate added that the Mubarak Al-Kabeer section will be transferred to South Sabahiya, Farwaniya section will be transferred to Subhan and Hawally section will be transferred to the Capital traffic department in the afternoon hours from 1-5 pm.

Kuwait/ Cafes warned against serving shisha to juveniles to those younger than 21

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MOI: Legal action & deportation for expat workers and cafe owners who serves shisha to juveniles at cafes/restaurants..in law article number 15/2015, which bans serving all types of tobacco to those younger than 21. Violators will be fined a maximum of KD 50 and that the fine will increase if the same violation is repeated. Accordingly, Fahd urged all cafe owners to respect these regulations to avoid legal accountability and deportation for expats. He also urged parents to monitor their children and report violating cafes.

In a press statement issued by Ministry of Interior, the General Department of Public Relations and Security Media revealed that the abovementioned decision was declared recently by the Undersecretary of Ministry of Interior Lieutenant General Sulaiman Al-Fahad.The undersecretary affirmed that the State of Kuwait is one of the first signatory countries of the Convention concerning the Rights of the Child in 1991 within the framework of the United Nations to guarantee the rights of children. Lieutenant General Al-Fahad highlighted the fact that juveniles are an inseparable part of the society and can neither be neglected nor ignored. He stressed the commitment of security institutions to protect the rights of children and young individuals as well as provide for them opportunities to grow mentally, morally, physically, socially and spiritually in a proper and natural environment.

Lieutenant General Al-Fahad urged parents (both citizens and expatriates) to monitor their children’s activities in order to protect them from wrongful indulgence that could result in undesirable consequences. He also urged them not to hesitate in reporting any café or restaurant that violates the rights of children, through the ministry’s hotline 112 or at the nearest police station so that the issue can be referred to the concerned security department and necessary legal measures can be taken.

Kuwait Health Ministry ends expat health insurance impasse

Recent disputes faced in the health insurance centers have been sorted out in efforts to boost healthcare services in the country, an official in the Ministry of Health (MoH) said. In a statement to the press after inspecting various health insurance centers, the MoH's Assistant Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Dr. Mahmoud Al-Abdulhadi said that the ministry has conducted a study to facilitate expatriates' access to health insurance.

On December 18, Minister of Health Dr. Jamal Al-Harbi announced that the ministry has terminated the contract of a public service company dealing with health insurance for expatriates. Moreover, the Minister of Health had noted that the company would be held liable for any financial losses incurred before the contract was terminated.

He also pointed out that a new government insurance company will begin operating within the next three years, after several planned hospitals are built.

Kuwait denies reports entry visa ban of certain nationalities

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Kuwait Friday categorically denied media reports that it planned to stop issuing entry visas for some nationalities, affirming that issuance of visa was a "sovereignty matter." The foreign ministry "categorically denies these claims and affirms that these reported nationalities which he did not mention" have big communities in Kuwait and enjoy full rights," Sami Al-Hamad, Assistant foreign Minister for Consular Affairs, said in a statement . Al-Hamad said citizens of those countries mentioned by social media visited Kuwait regularly through direct commercial flights.
Businesspeople from Kuwait and those countries are bound to commercial relations, he explained.

"The State of Kuwait believes that granting of visa is a sovereign matter, and is not linked to terrorism or violence or nationality or faith," he said.

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