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Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) stated that the fire that broke out Monday in the sulfur removal unit of the Mina Al-Ahmadi oil refinery was under complete control. The company’s firefighting team were backed up Kuwait Fire Force, successfully controlled the fire, which was proceeded by an explosion in the unit, Executive Vice President of Ancillary Services and Acting Company Spokesperson Abdulaziz Al-Daej in a statement to KUNA.

Part of the Kuwait Fire Force fire tenders that were employed to bring under control the fire that started at Mina Al Ahmadi oil refinery.

The fire caused several workers suffocating due to smoke inhalation, some were treated on-site while others were taken to hospital and are in stable condition, KNPC said. The fire did not affect the production and export operations or the local supply, affirmed Al-Daej, noting that Minister of Oil, Electricity and Water Mohammad Al-Fares and KPC Executive Director Hashem Hashem with company officials, was immediately at the fire site to oversee the ground efforts and check on the safety of workers. Al-Daej added that they are currently working on restoring the unit to its normal state, indicating that the company is in the process of forming a committee to find what caused the fire in accordance with the followed procedures in this matter. (KUNA)

After a long delay and wait on issuing civil IDs for Kuwaiti citizens and expats since April 2021, things seem to be heading in the right direction after the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) decided to go ahead with civil ID cards without a chip.

PACI also has come up with a new workflow in maintaining and updating the software system in order to store data and provide better and faster service to visitors, reports Al Rai. The civil ID card is issued within a few days from the date of submitting the application. Currently PACI is giving priority to Kuwaiti citizens and those under the age of 5 yrs as this section is not in ‘My Identity’ App, so that the government authorities can review and families can travel. 

The Cabinet during its weekly meeting Monday will study a report which will be submitted by the concerned authorities to return Kuwait to normal life, and will look into a package of suggestions to open doors for some activities which continue to remain closed – activities such as the wedding halls and events of all kinds, allow gatherings, in addition to opening places of worship, as well as discarding of face masks, reports Al-Qabas daily. The sources indicated the report will include the epidemiological situation in the country, since there are indications that there is a considerable decrease in the rate of infections and admission to the intensive care units and deaths which have become almost non-existent. This is in addition to a report of infections in schools and figures confirm that they are no longer a source of concern, in the event that any health decisions are taken.

The sources concluded: “The government’s motto has been to wait and watch since the beginning of the pandemic, therefore, the decisions will comprise of two options – either to throw open the activities to the ‘only vaccinated’ or open them ‘to everyone’,” and increase the rates of community immunization against Covid-19
source: Arab Times

People who have received the “Oxford Astra- Zeneca” doses of vaccine against the Covid-19 will be given the Pfizer booster dose, because according to the health sources integration of vaccines is safe and effective based on studies carried out by the respective health authorities in more than one country, saying this is done in more than one European country, reports Al-Jarida daily. The sources said those who received the “Oxford” vaccine, more than 6 months ago, will be given the Pfizer booster dose in November or December calling it very effective.

Cancellation seen in outreach for what’s possible

The Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Abdullah Al-Salman is scheduled to present a briefing to the Cabinet on the latest developments regarding the barring of renewal of work permits for those above the age of 60 years and hold secondary certificates or less, based on the opinion of the Fatwa and Legislation Department, which concluded that resolution No. 520/2020 issued in August 2020 and its implementation as of January 1, 2021 is illegal, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

In this context, informed sources explained that the board of directors of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) will hold a meeting in the next few days to decide on canceling the decision issued by the director of the authority, and setting less difficult conditions that these workers can implement. The most prominent among the new conditions proposed are the worker has to obtain comprehensive health insurance, and the fees for renewing the work permit will be increased a little more than normal such that it is an amount that any worker can pay. The goal of the first decision was to reduce pressure on hospitals and health cadres in treating these workers.


However, comprehensive health insurance would be a solution to this problem. It would not procedurally allow the renewal of work permits for the “60-year” segment according to the automated system. Prior to the meeting of the Board of Directors and its official approval, the authority may cancel the decision, and afterwards, the system will be opened for renewal.

MoI moves to end traffic bottlenecks

The Ministry of Interior is in the process of finding radical solutions to the issue of traffic bottlenecks in the country, and one of the reasons, the General Traffic Department says is expatriates who continue to drive with what the department said ‘expired’ driving licenses in violation of the law, reports Al-Rai daily.

The sources said many of these expats “circumvent the law and continue to use the expired licenses, because they are fully aware that if they are caught driving with an expired license, they will escape by paying just a five dinars fine. This is because the law sees them as people, who have license, but it has expired, while in fact the purpose for which these licenses were granted has ended and therefore they should be treated as people driving without a license for which the punishment is deportation from the country. The sources said “about 20,000 driving licenses were granted to university students, who continue to use them even after the purpose has been served. The ministry says these students after completing their studies should have handed in the licenses but they did not.


They continue to drive with expired driving licenses and all that the GTD has done is placed a ‘block’ because these licenses cannot be renewed. This is in addition to about 40,000 licenses granted to expatriates who had also obtained them based on the nature of their profession, but after change in profession they should have surrendered these licenses but they did not. The sources added the GTD has now linked the issue with the Residence Affairs Authority of the Public Authority for Manpower, so if any expatriate who holds an ‘expired’ driving license cannot renew the residence permit until the license is surrendered to the concerned authority.

In an additional step the sources said “a circular will be issued soon prohibiting driving the vehicle with the old license even if it is valid and therefore the holder must replace it with the new one, in order to keep in check counterfeiters who obtained driving licenses illegally or the purpose for which they were issued no longer exist. The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf, had recently requested a study to stop issuing or legalize the issuance of driving licenses to residents, and/or put in place a new mechanism for granting the licenses.

Pakistan reduced Kuwaiti flights to 2 flights per week

As Pakistan decided to reduce flights from Kuwait to Pakistan, sources stated that there is no ban on flights coming from Pakistan nor there is any dispute between civil aviation of both the countries but it is merely related to technical requirements. There have been some requirements requested by Pakistan Civil Aviation which emphasizes security and safety standards. Both the parties agreed jointly for the interest of the air transport industry and national carriers of both countries. 

Earlier the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority announced that it had decided to reduce a weekly flight from each of the two Kuwaiti airlines, reports Al Rai. The local newspaper, The Dawn, quoted a spokesperson for the authority as saying that the three weekly flights operated by each of the two Kuwaiti airlines to and from Pakistan were reduced to only two flights per week, starting from October 1. PIA from Kuwait is linked to the terms of the air services agreement between the two countries. Pakistan warned Kuwait that it would take regulatory measures if Pakistan International Airlines were not allowed to resume its flights operating in Kuwait.


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