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Kuwait candidates call for united fight against corruption
Candidates contesting the June 6 parliamentary polls yesterday called for a united fight against corruption, while highlighting the need to improve the standard of living of citizens and the need to contain rising inflation and creating jobs.
Kuwait NGOs to watchdog next parliamentary vote
Kuwaiti nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have always been playing a significant role in serving the society, addressing its problems and monitoring political events and public activities, including election observation.
Kuwaiti youth call for reforms to fill unemployment, education gaps
In 2017, Kuwait unveiled a new plan to transform the country into a regional financial and cultural hub by 2035 through 164 strategic development programs to attract investment.
Expats struggle to obtain driving licenses in Kuwait
One of the biggest challenges that expats face in Kuwait is obtaining a driving license.
UAE: Now, renew Emirates ID cards, passports from anywhere in the world, says report
The UAE has recently launched a service allowing individuals to renew their Emirates ID cards and passports from outside the United Arab Emirates. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security has introduced this long-awaited change.
Saudi HR development fund approves 18 professional certificates to boost labor market
Aiming to create more job and career advancement opportunities for the national workforce, Saudi Arabia’s Human Resources Development Fund approved 18 professional certificates.
Kuwait Airways employees strike for better pay
The Workers’ Union of Kuwait Airways and Subsidiaries organized a two-hour partial strike on Monday in protest against low salaries, non-disbursement of rewards to frontline workers, tampering with workers’ rights and squandering their earnings.
RTA announces opening of two smart customer service centres
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has inaugurated two ‘smart’ ‎customer happiness centres that provide automated services without human intervention. The two centres in Al Manara and Al ‎Kifaf deliver customer services using smart devices.
Saudi Arabia developing high-tech visa service
The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a new initiative to cancel the visa sticker on passports and switch to the e-visa, from which data will be read via a QR Code.
UAE jobs: Over 10,000 vacancies coming up as new hotels set to open in RAK
More than 10,000 new jobs will be created in Ras Al Khaimah’s hospitality sector in the coming few years as a number of new hotels, including renowned hospitality brand Wynn Resorts, will open their doors.
Singapore to lift entry visa requirement for Saudi citizens
Saudi citizens will from June 1 be able to enter Singapore without a visa, the island nation’s embassy in Riyadh said.
UAE: Property technology platform in Dubai offers Golden Visas to investors
Investors looking for a Golden Visa can now get the 10-year UAE residency permit by investing Dh2 million or above in Dubai’s fast-growing property market, through the online property technology platform Stake.
Govt tries to remedy population structure
Official government sources said the government will start discussing several decisions to remedy the population structure after the Eid al-Fitr holiday and then send them to authorities to start implementing them immediately.
Zain Group holds AGM with a quorum of 80.1%
The Zain Group Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at the Zain Group’s headquarters in Kuwait, attended with a quorum of 80.1 percent of shareholders whereby they were presented with the Zain Group’s 2022 annual report which highlights the financial statements
Saudi Arabia on course to emerge as future luxury capital of the Middle East
As Saudi Arabia has firmly established itself as a top destination for high-end shopping, it may not be long before the Kingdom emerges as a future luxury capital of the Middle East.
5,400 people from Kuwait apply for asylum abroad
A report conducted by Arabian Gulf Center for Studies and Research (CSRGULF) – the first think tank in Kuwait – revealed 5,400 people residing in Kuwait have applied for asylum since 2018 to foreign countries, most notably the United Kingdom, Canada, United States and European countries such as France, Germany and Scandinavian countries, while Iraq and the United Arab Emirates were the top Arab destinations.
UAE approves Dh299 million housing support for citizens
The Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme (SZHP), an initiative under the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI), has issued 432 decisions for housing aid valued at Dh298.7 million.
Kuwait seeks to draw a roadmap for digital future, says Al-Nahedh
Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Affairs Mazen Al-Nahedh stressed the importance of supporting the partnership between the government of Kuwait and international information technology companies and adopting applications in line with the requirements of the New Kuwait vision.
Advocacy movement slams mass teacher layoffs as ‘rash’ decision
The hashtag “Education_Ministry”, trended on Twitter this weekend, with thousands of citizens and residents commenting on the recent teacher layoffs announced by the government.
Iran's rial climbs after accord to restore Saudi ties
The Iranian rial recouped some of its recent losses on Saturday, gaining more than 6 per cent amid prospects of diminished regional tensions after Iran and regional rival Saudi Arabia agreed to resume diplomatic ties.
UAE rated highest for expat lifestyle, earnings and family stability
The UAE is the most popular destination for expatriates as the emirate rated highest for expat lifestyle, earnings and family stability, according to a survey.
Saudi women’s labor market participation surges to 35% in 5 years, UN told
The share of women employed in Saudi Arabia jumped from 21 percent to 35 percent in five years on the back of the Kingdom’s efforts to boost participation in the labor market.
Sheikh Mohammed allocates 8,500 land plots to citizens in Al Yalayis 5 area
In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, issued directives to immediately allocate 8,500 land plots to Emirati citizens in Al Yalayis 5 area. The plots are located on an area spanning 120 million square feet.
Speaker asks about expats in govt jobs
National Assembly Speaker Ahmad Al-Saadoun on Monday sent questions to all Cabinet ministers asking for details about the total number of expats employed by their respective ministries and departments, including those hired through recruitment contracts.
DEWA CEO discusses bilateral cooperation with a high-level delegation from Emerson
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), received a high-level delegation from Emerson, a global leader in technology, software, and engineering, headed by Lal Karsanbhai, President and CEO, Emerson.
Abu Dhabi to get new project turning waste to alternative fuels
Abu Dhabi authorities have announced a new project for turning waste carbon into sustainable aviation fuel.
Economic Diversification Index reveals how countries adapted to shocks, diversified economies
Covid-19 has demonstrated how diversified economies can better adapt to major shocks, revealed the Global Economic Diversification Index 2023, the latest edition of the report, launched by the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) with a panel of global experts from the IMF and the World Bank at the World Government Summit in Dubai.
Nearly 60% of Emiratis consider job title most important when seeking new roles, reveals salary guide
Job title, salary and location of the work are some of the most important factors Emiratis look at when picking a job.
Dubai’s international passenger arrivals climb 97% to reach 14.36m in 2022
International passenger arrivals in Dubai reached 14.36 million in 2022, up 97 percent from 7.28 million in 2021, the latest government data showed.
Kuwait to launch visa app, smart ID
First Deputy Prime Minister, Interior Minister and Acting Defense Minister Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah announced Saturday the Kuwait Visa app, which will be launched soon.
Saudi energy minister warns sanctions could result in energy shortages
Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman warned on Saturday Western sanctions against Russia could result in a shortage of energy supplies in future.
94,000 benefit from Sharjah's 50% discount on attestation of overdue rental contracts
A total of 94,000 leasing contracts were attested in Sharjah under the 50 per cent discount scheme rolled out last year for attestation of late contracts. In total, 294,000 leasing contracts were attested in 2022.
400,000 Saudis employed through Hadaf in 2022
Saudi Arabia’s Human Resources Development Fund, also known as Hadaf, helped get 400,000 Saudis jobs in the private sector in 2022 through its various program and initiatives, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Bahrain Sustainability Forum to host 300 decision-makers discussing climate change
As issues concerning climate change gain greater attention, Bahrain is set to host over 300 decision-makers discussing net-zero goals during the Sustainability Forum Middle East taking place on Jan. 12.
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman listed among 10 safest cities in the world
Abu Dhabi has been ranked first as Ajman made it to the fourth place in a list of the 10 safest cities in the world, according to a report by for the year 2023.
UAE: Sharjah Ruler directs grants to 4,500 retirees
His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, directed the speedy transfer of "decent living" grants to 4,500 retirees from the emirate's citizens affiliated with the non-Sharjah government agencies.
Over 60 top officials resign
More than 60 senior government bureaucrats have resigned in the past six weeks, mostly to avail lucrative financial benefits, leaving most ministries searching for new leaders.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain launch bilateral naval exercise
Saudi Arabian and Bahraini naval forces began a bilateral maritime exercise in Bahrain, the Saudi Defense Ministry announced on Sunday.
IOM lauds Kuwait’s humanitarian efforts
The head of the International Organization for Migration’s mission in Kuwait, Mazen Abulhesen on Saturday affirmed Kuwait’s support for the IOM humanitarian operations throughout the globe for decades.
‏Saudi Arabia achieves clean energy milestone as first shipment of ‘blue’ ammonia reaches South Korea
RIYADH: The world’s first commercial shipment of certified clean blue ammonia has arrived in South Korea from Saudi Arabia.
‏Saudi Central Bank rises interest rates by 50 bps
RIYADH: The Saudi Central Bank, known as SAMA, raised the Repo rate by 50 basis points to 5 percent, following the US Federal Reserve's move to increase the rates by an expected 50 basis points.
Crown Prince announces Sindalah, NEOM’s first luxury island development
NEOM’s first luxury island destination Sindalah will play host to superyachts and top-end apartments, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman revealed as he announced the latest project set to boost Saudi Arabia’s tourism industry.
Sharjah Ruler approves 2,000 jobs in police force
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has approved 2,000 jobs in Sharjah Police.
‏Amended VAT treatment for director services
On September 26, 2022, the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued the Federal Decree-Law No.18 of 2022, amending a few provisions of the Federal Decree-Law No. 8 of 2017 on value-added tax (VAT). The executive regulation related to this VAT law was issued on October 21, 2022 through Cabinet Decision No. 99 of 2022. The amendments will take effect from January 1, 2023.
Russia not to sell oil subject to price cap
Russia, the world's second largest oil exporter, will not sell oil that is subject to a Western price cap even if it has to cut production, President Vladimir Putin's point man on energy said.
Saudi Arabia clears 725 industrial projects worth $265bn in 9 months to build domestic capacity
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has issued permits for 725 industrial projects worth an accumulated SR1.37 trillion ($265 billion) in the first nine months of 2022, according to data from the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources.
‏OPEC+ maintains status quo on output amid fresh price cap on Russian oil
RIYADH: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, known as OPEC+, has agreed to roll over its existing output policy, just a day after the Group of Seven nations decided to put a price cap on Russian energy supplies.
Zain showcases its career opportunities to attract national talents
Zain, Kuwait’s leading digital service provider, announced its platinum sponsorship of the fifth Career and Studies Opportunities Expo (CSO5) organized by the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Hamad Al Adwani.
Kuwait’s PAAAFR vows to attain food security
Kuwait’s Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) will do everything possible to attain food security in line with guidelines by the government and Kuwait Vision 2035 development strategy. The PAAF assurance was declared by the acting director general, Mishal Al-Graifah, in a statement to KUNA, on Thursday.
Adnoc Drilling purchases three high-specification jack-up rigs
Adnoc Drilling Company on Monday announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire an additional three brand new high-specification offshore jack-up drilling units.
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