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Thursday, 13 September 2018 08:11

Age limit for boys on dependent visa

My elder son, will turn 18 years this Oct 18. He is presently studying in 12th standard. His visa will expire in Nov 18, 2018. Please advise the age limit for boys on dependent visa; whether I can still sponsor my son. Do I need to get a letter from school (in Arabic) conforming he is a student of the school. Look forward to your valuable feedback. Thank you!

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Answer: The age limit for boys on dependent visa is 21 years, you can therefore continue to sponsor your son on dependent visa until he attain the age of 21.

So far as he still is within the age brackets that qualify him to be on dependent visa we don’t think you need any letter from the school conforming he is a student. However if in the past years they were requesting for such a letter at the immigration, then there in no reason why should stop including such a letter among the documents you need to renew your son’s residence.

 

Source: Arab Times

Thursday, 13 September 2018 07:27

HEALTH MINISTRY SAYS PREPARED TO FACE CORONAVIRUS

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The Ministry of Health has taken all measures needed to ensure the safety of citizens and expats against the Coronavirus, said the ministry’s Undersecretary Mustafa Redha.

The official’s remarks were made in press conference on Wednesday, regarding reports issued by one of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s bodies that a South Korean citizen who arrived in his country coming from Kuwait was infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or Coronavirus.
The ministry had raised the level of alert to contain any possible cases of the disease.

The ministry’s medical team also took samples from those who engaged with the patient, it said, adding that the samples were all negative.
The Yonhap News Agency had reported that ten people in South Korea who came into contact with the infected patient and showed symptoms of the disease tested negative.

Last Saturday, the 61 year old man was diagnosed with the first case of MERS in South Korea in about three years. after returning home from a business trip to Kuwait from August 16 to September 6. He was rushed to the emergency room of a medical center in southern Seoul upon his arrival at Incheon International Airport. As of Tuesday evening, a total of 21 people who had come in close contact with the MERS patient, including those on the plane, such as flight attendants, passengers, medical staff and immigration officials, have all been quarantined in their respective homes and are being monitored for signs of MERS.

MERS is a viral respiratory disease with a fatality rate of 20-46 percent. It is caused by a novel coronavirus carried by camels and can be spread when someone is in close contact with a patient for a sustained period. The first MERS case was recorded in Saudi Arabia, and it has since spread to other countries. As of June this year, the World Health Organization has reported 2,229 laboratory-confirmed cases. South Korea was hit by an outbreak in 2015, resulting in 38 deaths and 186 people testing positive for MERS.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:04

Kuwait said to start work on 111km railway project

First phase of railway project to connect Kuwait with the rest of the Gulf region will reportedly cost $3bn

 Kuwait said to start work on 111km railway project

Work has reportedly started on a 111km railway project to connect Kuwait with the rest of the Gulf region.

According to a report by Al Anba newspaper, the first phase of the project will create a new line to Nuwaiseb on the Saudi border and a 153km line linking Kuwait City with Boubyan Port.

Citing senior officials, the newspaper said phase one will cost an estimated $3 billion.

The 2,100km passenger and cargo network stretching through all six Gulf states from Kuwait to Oman has faced technical and bureaucratic obstacles, and stalled as state budgets tightened because of low oil prices.

Bahrain has said it would not connect its network to a neighbouring state, Saudi Arabia, until at least 2023.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 18:46

Bahrain & Kuwait: Metro construction to begin

Rail infrastructure projects are picking up steam across the Gulf, with work on projects in Bahrain and Kuwait making progress this year, according to local media.

 

According to Arabian Business, work has already begun on a 111km railway project to connect Kuwait with the rest of the Gulf region.

The first phase of the project, set to cost $3bn will create a line to Nuwaiseb on the Saudi border and a 153km line linking Kuwait City with Boubyan Port.

Stretching through all six Gulf states from Kuwait to Oman, the 2,100km passenger and cargo network has “faced technical and bureaucratic obstacles, and stalled as state budgets tightened because of low oil prices”, the report stated.

Meanwhile, Bahrain has reportedly said it will not connect its network to neighbouring state, Saudi Arabia, “until at least 2023”.

Work on Bahrain’s long-promised light rail system, according to an Arabian Business report, is likely to start in the last three months of 2019 as it seeks bids for construction.

According to Abdulm Rahman Al Janahi, an official from Bahrain’s transport ministry, the country may look to the private sector to partially fund the ambitious project, believed to cost between $1bn (BHD377.2m) and $2bn (BHD754.4m).

Similar to issues faced by the Kuwaiti rail project, work on Phase 1 of Bahrain’s light rail system was due to start in 2009, but was halted due to the financial crisis and budgetary approvals.

Transport infrastructure is one of the key pillars on Bahrain’s billion-dollar investment plan, part of a wider desire to upgrade its regional competitiveness.

While there appear to be delays in Kuwait and Bahrain, work is steadily progressing on the rail projects under way in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

In Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, test runs began for Riyadh Metro‘s Line 4 this June.

French transport system provider Alstom revealed it has been conducting initial dynamic tests for the megaproject’s Line 4 Depot Test Track, on which the FAST Consortium is working.

Tests cover the railway system’s performance in terms of power supply and signalling, using trains that have already been delivered for the project, located in Saudi’s capital city.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:08

Two more expats commit suicide; Toll rises to 30

Bahrain News : TWO Indian nationals reportedly took their own lives in separate incidents yesterday, bringing the total number of suicides to 30 this year. Shamli Panthayil, a 27-year-old nurse, was found with a cloth around her neck in her apartment in Gudaibiya alongside a suicide note.

Kuwait's Interior Ministry called on Tuesday on residents whose visit visas are expired to settle their residency issues and leave the country to avoid legal measures.

The security information department of the Ministry of the Interior said in a press statement that this procedure prevents expatriates in general from being subjected to restrictions on the renewal of their residence, It said that violators will be prosecuted.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 09:13

Music lessons fuel controversy in Kuwait

Kuwait City – A controversy erupted in Kuwait over a call to ban musical lessons at schools.

A group of Kuwaiti Twitter users launched hashtag urging the Ministry of Education to scrap music lessons.

The #Cancel_music_lessons, called on the ministry to replace the music with Quran recitation, describing music as being “contrary to Islamic Sharia precepts”.

Parents opposed the call, saying that music lessons entertain students and break what they call “school routine”.

Another group of Twitter users slammed the calls to scrap music lessons, describing such trends as being “extremist”. 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 09:08

Kuwait ranked ‘worst for expats’

Kuwait City – Kuwait is the worst country to work in for an expat, according to a recent poll conducted by Expat Insider.

The survey takes into consideration factors such as quality of life, ease of settling in and overall general satisfaction.

Kuwait was ranked 68th, a position it held from 2014-2016, and came second last in 2017.

Kuwait is also in the bottom five of the Working Abroad and Family Life Indices, with a slightly better, albeit below-average, result for personal finance (50th).

Two factors that both Kuwait and Saudi Arabia had difficulty with were in the Friendliness and Finding Friends Indices coming dead last in both.

Almost two-thirds of respondents in Kuwait said that making friends was difficult, while 44% are not satisfied with the opportunities to make new friends in general. Respondents in Saudi Arabia faced similar such issues but fared slightly better in comparison.

In all the Gulf States, finances were among the most important factors to move there.

Kuwait performed better under these categories (coming in 50th). UAE ranked worst in the Gulf in the Personal Finance Index with many claiming their basic salary insufficient to sustain daily living. The gap between the better performing countries and the region’s poorest performers remains large.

There is clear dissatisfaction among expats in the Gulf States regarding their working life, though. Qatar (35th), Oman (39th), and the UAE (46th) all perform below average, with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia once more at the back of the pack in 64th and 66th place, respectively.

Over a third of respondents in Saudi Arabia (35%) are dissatisfied with their jobs while Kuwait (46%) also falls below the global average of 65%.

This year’s poll introduced a new Digital Life subcategory and the results among the Gulf countries vary even further here. Qatar and UAE are the most digitally connected countries in the region with Kuwait faring poorly for availability of administrative/government services online. Kuwait has the lowest availability of such services out of the GCC States, with 48% negative ratings.

Bahrain was ranked among the top countries for the second year running. Many respondents of the tiny Gulf nation gave their working hours, job security and overall job satisfaction the best possible rating. Bahrain has also maintained or improved its ranking across all other subcategories.

Safety and Security is undoubtedly the Gulf States’ strongest subcategory. The UAE (9th) and Oman (10th) both rank in the top 10 with an impressive 61% of expats in Oman give the political stability the best possible rating, while an almost unrivaled 94% of respondents attest to the peacefulness of the country.

These results stand out against the respective global averages of 30% and 78%. Similarly to Oman, expats in the UAE rate the political stability very highly (10th), but the UAE stands out particularly for personal safety, with 97% of expats feeling safe.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 09:04

President Trump invited to visit Kuwait

Kuwait City –  US President Donald Trump has been invited to pay an official visit to the State of Kuwait.

The Amir of Kuwait Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah tendered the invitation in a cable of thanks addressed to President Trump at the end of his visit to Washington.

He hailed he had held with President Trump on bilateral relations, growing cooperation, regional and international developments.

He said he was looking forward to working with the US and contributing to regional and international peace.

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Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah met on Monday with Philippine Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Abdullah Mamao and accompanying officials.
Discussions dealt with bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and means of promoting these ties.

The presidential advisor, accompanied by officials, is currently visiting the country.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Assistant for Consular Affairs, the Designated Minister Sami Al-Hamad, Deputy Assistant of the Foreign Minister for the Deputy Minister Bureau Affairs, Counsellor Talal Al-Shatti.
Later today, the deputy foreign minister held a meeting with the outgoing Russian Ambassador, Alexey Solomatin. It was attended by Counsellor Al-Shatti.