German court rules Kuwait Airways cannot be forced to carry Israeli passengers

Kuwait City - A German appeals court ruled that it could not prevent Kuwait Airways from banning Israeli passengers, even though it believed the policy amounted to discrimination.
The case was brought by an Israeli student living in Germany, who in 2016 bought a ticket online to travel from Frankfurt to Bangkok with Kuwait Airways.
The state-owned airline canceled the ticket soon after, saying Kuwaiti law prohibits all commercial relations with Israelis and Israeli companies.
The higher regional court in Frankfurt ruled that because the flight required a stopover in Kuwait City, which is under Kuwaiti jurisdiction, it was “factually impossible” for the airline to transport the passenger.
The finding was similar to a ruling reached by a lower German court last year. In a statement, the court acknowledged that the outcome was “unsatisfying” for the plaintiff but said it had no choice but to dismiss his demand to be able to book a new journey to Bangkok with Kuwait Airways. A request for financial compensation was also denied.
Kuwait Airways said it believed the lawsuit was a politically motivated campaign against it and that it had "great respect for Germany’s laws.“
The non-profit Lawfare project, which is representing the Israeli passenger, said it was considering a further appeal.
“This is a tragic day for German law,” said Lawfare’s executive director Brooke Goldstein. “Rather than be held accountable before the law, the court has rewarded Kuwait Airways for its anti-Semitism.”
In 2015, Kuwait Airways opted to scrap all its flights between New York’s JFK airport and London Heathrow after US authorities threatened legal action over its refusal to sell tickets to Israelis.

American baby dies 'after suffering breathing problems' on Qatar Airways flight to Hyderabad with Indian father

An 11-month-old baby has died after suffering breathing problems following a Qatar Airways flight this morning (file picture)

An 11-month-old baby has died after suffering breathing problems following a Qatar Airways flight this morning.

Arnav Varma had been travelling with his Indian parents on a flight from the city of Doha to Hyderabad in India.

The baby, who had a US passport, was taken to Apollo Medical Centre at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport soon after the flight landed but was declared dead on arrival. 

An 11-month-old baby has died after suffering breathing problems following a Qatar Airways flight this morning (file picture)

It is not yet entirely clear when the child fell ill and where he was when he died. The airline claimed he died at Hyderabad's International Airport while a spokesman at the terminal denied this was the case. 

Arnav had a US passport while his father held an Indian passport, it has been reported.

The family is believed to have flown to Doha as they made their way to visit relatives.

Qatar Airways said: 'We are aware of the very sad news that a young child passed away at Hyderabad International Airport this morning.

'Our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts are with the affected family,' it added.

A spokesperson for Qatar Airways told AFP that the baby was an 11-month-old boy who had been on the flight with his parents in the early hours of Wednesday.

The parents became aware that their child was having breathing problems after the plane had landed as they made their way to the immigration counter, the spokesperson said.

He was taken to the city's Apollo hospital.

A spokeswoman for Hyderabad airport denied that the baby had died at the airport.

'We're awaiting for investigations to conclude and for official reports from both Qatar Airways and Apollo hospitals on the baby's death,' Sangeetha C R said.

The hospital was not immediately available for comment when contacted by AFP. 

Source: dailymail

Kuwait Embassy in Bangladesh assures safety of Kuwaiti relief team following emergency landing


Kuwait Embassay in Bangladesh on Wednesday assuresd safety of Tarahum Voluntary team following an emergency landing of an US-Bangla Airliner at Shah Amanat International airport in the southern city of Chittagong due to a technical tire fault.

An embassy statement said that the plane, which took off from the capital Dhaka, was en route to the city of Cox's Bazar carrying a Kuwaiti team heading to the Cox's Bazar camps to distribute relief aid on Rohingya refugees.

The statement added that it has contacted the team members who assured their safety


6 Citizens and 6 Filipinos, 3 women and 3 homosexuals were arrested

12 Held For Party, Playing Loud Music

Kuwait 6 Citizens and 6 Filipinos, 3 women and 3 homosexuals were arrested from an apartment in Salwa area where a party was being held, According to security sources, Hawally policemen rushed to location after the Operations Unit in the Interior Ministry received calls from tenants saying about some individuals who rent flat as they was playing loud music, necessary legal action was taken and the suspects were referred to the General Department for Criminal Evidences.


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Kuwait: The government has placed a ban on the transfer of expatriates from the private to the government sector, except in cases where written approval is obtained from the Civil Service Commission (CSC), According to a local report, the employers of expatriates in the private sector must submit a document stating the approval of the CSC to the Public Authority for Manpower, This step comes in line with the implementation of the replacement policy, which is one of the basic treatments to adjust the demographics.


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OFW Ronalyn Y. Lawagan found working in part-time job 

Kuwait Filipina maid Ronalyn Y. Lawagan who went missing in Kuwait was found working as a part-time job in houses, officials said.

After spreading her photo on social media, a delegation from Philippines' Department of Labor and Employment visited her family in her town where they were informed that Ronalyn has been in contact with her parents since she started working in Kuwait.
Her family said that she has been doing that without her husband knowledge as they also gave the delegation phone number which helped to reach her out.

According to investigations, termination of her working contract was the reason behind escaping from her previous sponsor as she is now working in cleaning houses per hours.
Earlier, Philippine Embassy in Kuwait reported that Ronalyn ran away from her employer after working for 2 years

KUWAIT ANNOUNCEMENT : The Ministry of Interior publishes via the communication sites the baggage that is prohibited to enter the plane

The Ministry of Interior publishes via the communication sites the baggage that is prohibited to enter the plane.
The Ministry of Interior has posted through the communication sites the names of the baggage that are prohibited from entering the plane in case of travel, as in the attached pictures. 

This comes in line with the expectations of increased travel during the coming days, especially with the holiday of Eid al-Adha. 

"Dear traveler, for security and safety during the flight, please follow the airport security instructions before boarding the plane," the ministry said




Qatar Is First Gulf State to Offer Expat Permanent Residency

Qatar has officially made permanent residency an option for a limited number of foreigners, a landmark development in the energy-rich Gulf.

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Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued a decree allowing a maximum of 100 expatriates to gain permanent residency each year, giving them access to a generous welfare system and commercial rights previously reserved for citizens of the world’s biggest exporter of natural gas. The Ministry of Interior will decide on applications, according to the Sept. 4 decree.

A yearlong boycott of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt has lent added urgency to encouraging expatriates to stay in the country by granting some of them more rights. Permanent residency for foreigners has been a controversial issue in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, where citizens’ privileges are guarded zealously. Expatriates make up more than 90 percent of Qatar’s 2.7 million people.

To be eligible, residents born in Qatar must have lived in the country for 10 years, while those born abroad would need to have lived there 20 years, according to the decree. A passing command of the Arabic language, proof of sufficient income and sound legal standing are also required.

Read more: Game-Changing Qatar Law to Grant Expats Permanent Residency

Children of Qatari women married to foreigners, spouses of citizens and the children of naturalized Qataris will automatically become permanent residents. Exempt from the eligibility requirements are people who rendered “significant service” to the state and who possess special skills.

Permanent residents will be able to establish commercial companies without needing a local partner and will be able to take part in national economic projects. Permanent residency permits can be withdrawn in certain cases.

Qatar is abolishing the exit visa required before expatriate workers are allowed to leave the country, according to a decree published in Al Raya newspaper. Employers can ask that some employees be barred from leaving without prior approval “due to work necessities,” however such waivers can’t account for more than five percent of a workforce. Those prevented from traveling by employers can appeal to a committee, which must take a decision within three working days.

Source : bloomberg

Basements are strictly for parking purpose only


Kuwait Municipality disclosed that they will start a campaign for evacuating rented basements in residential areas in accordance with the licenses granted to them, as the basements are intended to be car parking spaces for the residents of those buildings.

Officials explained that building owners will be obliged to reallocate the basements of their buildings as car parks by the force of the law. Officials also added that the tenants can sue landlords or file complaints against them at various municipality branches if basements are rented out or used without municipal permission. “Director Ahmed AlManfouhi instructed all branches to start listing violating buildings to warn them and later check that the changes have been made in order to avoid compulsory eviction with the interior ministry’s assistance,” the sources explained.

The sources also added that growing numbers of citizens and expats have been complaining about getting parking tickets because they have no parking spaces outside their buildings.

ANNOUNCEMENT : Equinox on Sept 27

Equinox, the event where the durations of daytime and nighttime are equal, is expected to occur globally today, said Kuwaiti astronomer and historian Adel Al-Sadoun. He added that in Kuwait, the equinox would be on September 27, when sunrise is expected at 05:39 am, while sunset follows 12 hours later. The equinox is the point at which the center of the visible sun is directly above the equator, it occurs twice each year around 20 March and 22-23 September.