KUWAIT: The Kuwait Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced Wednesday that October 9 will be a public holiday on the occasion of the Prophet (PBUH) Birthday. The CSC added in a statement that all government offices and institutions would suspend work on this day. Bodies with work of special nature will decide their own holiday accordingly, taking public interest into account. Work will resume on Monday, October 10. (KUNA)
KUWAIT: Kuwait ranked fourth in the index of best cities to live in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and third in the Gulf region, reports Al-Rai daily quoting the Economist Intelligence Unit. Abu Dhabi and Dubai maintained their ranking as the best cities to live in the region. According to the unit, Kuwait scored 72.1 points, owing to its extensive vaccination campaign against Covid-19. This made Kuwait one of the safest cities in the region and the first to recover from the pandemic; while Bahrain ranked fifth in terms of the standard of living, followed by Muscat and Riyadh.
KUWAIT: Customs officers at the Air Customs Department were able to seize two parcels weighing 15 kilograms, containing the chemical narcotic substance. The Director of Air Customs Mutlaq Al-Enezi, said the two parcels came from an unidentified European country and the documents said the contents were ‘herbal samples’ but after carefully inspecting the contents the customs officers had no doubt that the contraband was in fact chemical narcotic. The parcels have been referred to concerned authorities. The daily did not say if anyone has been arrested
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad announced the launch of a winter vaccination campaign for the 2022/2023 season through 46 health centers in all governorates, reports Al-Rai daily. Al-Sanad explained the campaign includes vaccination against seasonal influenza and acute bacterial pneumonia (nemococal). He pointed out that vaccination campaign launches at all centers identified by the Ministry on its social media accounts. However, registration and prior appointment via the Ministry’s website is a must. In the same context, the Head of the Infectious Diseases Control Department in the Public Health Sector at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Hamad Bastaki, stressed on the importance of the initiative to receive vaccination, unless there is any medical impediment, stressing that vaccination reduces the possibility of infection, and in the event of infection limits its complications and reduces hospitalization due to complications. He indicated that it is recommended that pregnant women receive influenza vaccination (not pneumococcal vaccination) at any time of pregnancy for their protection, noting the importance of influenza vaccination for lactating women, children specifically from the age of 6 months to 5 years, and those with chronic diseases and others to protect themselves from severe complications caused by influenza infection. Dr. Bastaki also spoke of the possibility of giving any other type of vaccine at any time before or after the fl u or pneumococcal vaccination, unless there is any objection to vaccination, noting that these vaccines can be taken at any time during the winter season. In other news, the Minister of Health, Dr. Khaled Al-Saeed, has canceled the ministerial decision to stop considering applications for granting licenses to open new pharmacies in the private sector and receive applications to grant a license to practice the profession to non- Kuwaitis, reports Al-Rai daily. The President of the Pharmacy Association, Abdullah Al-Enezi, thanked Minister Al-Saeed for his understanding of the pharmacists’ demands and cancelling the earlier decision.
KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) has advised employers to ensure that salaries are transferred to the local banks seven days before the due date, reports Al-Jarida daily. In a press statement, PAM also announced the launching of the salaries follow-up system on ‘Ashal’ platform in October. Deputy Director General of the Manpower Protection Sector at the authority Dr Fahd Al-Murad explained this is the next step after updating the system to make it easier for employers to monitor salaries, present reasons for not transferring salaries and salary deductions, and follow up requests online. Al-Murad warned that in case of non-compliance, the erring employer’s file will be closed automatically and the latter will not be allowed to hire new workers. He added the file will be opened automatically once the erring employer addresses the violation.
KUWAIT: If you have 300,000 dinars and want to buy a house in Kuwait your chances are good if it is in some remote area of Kuwait far from the capital, but you can never dream of owning house in model areas because the price of real estate in posh areas is calculated in millions, reports Al-Qabas daily. In a simple calculation, the average price per square meter of private housing property in Kuwait was about 1,074 dinars per sq meter at the end of the second quarter of 2022, according to data from the Kuwait Finance House (KFH). This means a citizen needs about 430,000 dinars to buy a property with an area of 400 square meters. On the other hand, it is unbelievable that with this amount (300,000 dinars) or even a little less than that you can buy a luxurious mansion in some US cities with an area of more than 600 square meters and with attractive views and distinctive specifications. In the United States a house sitting on an area of more than 5,000 square feet (464.5 square meters) is considered a “palace”, according to the opinions of some real estate experts.
KUWAIT: An Arab country has been ranked the top ninth country in the world in terms of military spending. The volume of military spending of just three Arab countries will reach $80 billion by the end of the year 2022, reports Aljarida daily. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab country in terms of military spending. Its defense budget ranks 9th in the world, according to the statistics published by the American website “Global Firepower” for the year 2022. Saudi Arabia is followed by the UAE in second place and Kuwait in third in terms of volume of military spending among Arab countries, according to the website’s statistics. These three countries spent about USD 80 billion for military purposes from the current year’s budget. According to the statistics, the volume of the military spending of the three countries, and the global ranking of each of them are as follows 1. Saudi Arabia – It has the largest Arab defense budget and the top ninth in the world, with a total of $ 46 billion. 2. UAE – It has the second largest Arab defense budget and the 13th in the world, with more than $ 25.2 billion. 3. Kuwait – It has the third Arab defense budget and the 29th in the world with a budget of $8.1 billion. As per the global military ranking index, Saudi Arabia ranks 20th in the world, the UAE ranks 36th, and Kuwait ranks 71st among a total of 142 countries around the world, according to the global rankings. Although the Saudi army has the largest Arab defense budget, it ranks second among the largest Arab armies, as it comes after the Egyptian military, which ranks first in the Arab world, and is the 12th most powerful military in the world in 2022.