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15 Years Residency for Investors


According to sources, Kuwait intends to offer investors, CEOs, and business owners 5- 15 years of residencies. The residency aims to attract business owners and business leaders to invest in Kuwait and boost the local economy. Also, it will help the current residents who offered Kuwait excellent services and have the financial ability to sustain living in Kuwait to self-sponsor.

The new law will amend the current residency law to offer people the right to self-sponsor without seeking residency under the current sponsorship system.

source: Alqabas

Was Abu Fatira Delivery Guy Death Natural or a Homicide?


According to AlraiAlaam Newspaper, the Ministry of Interior concluded its investigation of the death of the Indian national delivery guy as a natural death due to the following:

The delivery driver arrived at the scene and died. The medical examiner found signs of heart enlargement and scuffs on the chest, head, and body side.

The suspect’s story was that he tried to help the victim by dragging the body inside the house.

Upon police arrival, the suspect fled the scene. Although the suspect was found innocent, he was kept in custody for other cases.

2000 KD Fee for Residency Renewal


According to Alqabas, the Ministry of Trade and Industry is in the process of introducing a new residency fee. The ministry aims to charge senior expats 60+ 2000KD annual fees for renewing residency. The source explained that the annual fee of 2000 dinars includes health insurance, work permits, and residence fees.

The new fee will cost senior expats about 6.5 dinars per day and 166 dinars per month for 26 working days paid at the end of the year.

Kuwait is expected to collect about 176 million dinars from renewing the residencies of senior expats aged 60+.

15 Countries Fly-in Kuwait Through MUNA Program


Today, the General Administration of Civil Aviation sent an announcement to airlines operating at Kuwait International Airport to approve the MUNA audit system for laboratories located outside Kuwait.

The system will examine and assure the accuracy of the PCR certificates issued abroad.

Fifteen countries will be accepted in this program: India, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Emirates, Turkey, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the United Kingdom, France, and America.

The program will start as soon as the linking process is completed, according to Alqabas.

Locations

Sri Lanka 

5 cities are linked with 4 laboratories in Colombo, Negombo, Gampahan, Kandy and Karaitiya.

The Philippines 

Quezon City  High Accuracy Diagnostic Center, and Pasay City at the Diagnostic Laboratory of the Philippines Airport.

Nepal

 Hospital for Advanced Medicine and Surgery (HAMS) Kathmandu 

Bangladesh

 Pravaa Health Laboratory Dhaka

India

 17 cities and states have been recognized with 3 laboratories Mangalore, Calicut, Kanur, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Goa and Trivanal Thapuram, which are served by the Metropolis Health Care Laboratory Ltd.  Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune The Suburban Diagnostics Laboratory. In Gurugram, Noida and Hyderabad Thyrocare Technologies Limited Laboratory.

Bahrain

laboratories of the Bahrain Specialist Hospital in Juffair, reports Al Rai. 

UAE

 4 GHMATs have been started for the Burjeel laboratory in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In Sharjah Medeor Hospital.

Turkey

 4 cities are connected with two labs one in Biruni in Iskandar and Istanbul, and Viromed in Ankara.

SmartPhones for The Philippines Domestic workers


According to Alqabas, The Philippines embassy is negotiating a smartphone for every domestic worker hired in Kuwait. The sponsor will not deduct the value of the smartphone from the worker’s wage.

Also, the embassy is asking for a background check for the sponsor or the employer. The background check will look into any past labor abuse or conflict. 

Reports are speculating a hot domestic workers market in the coming days due to The Philippines domestic workers ban and Covid-19 travel restriction before Ramadan.

It is worth mentioning that there is a growing concern about domestic workers’ abusive working conditions in the Gulf area, according to multiple reports.

According to Aljazeera, Saudi Arabia amended the Kafala system where the worker doesn’t need his sponsor’s permission to change work or sponsor. The sponsor can’t hold the worker’s passport hostage.

In the UAE, according to Khaleej Times, contracting the Philippine domestic workers will resume in April after it was suspended in 2014. A new agreement comes with at least eight hours of sleep every night, one full day of paid leave every week, keep their passports, cook their own meals, use mobile phones, and they must have a bank account for their salary.

400 Thousand vaccinated and 1 Million by the End of Ramadan


According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), more than 400 thousand residents have been vaccinated. The Ministry of Health (MOH) aims to increase the number to one million by the end of Ramadan.

While vaccination reduces the infection rate, some residents in Ahmadi and Jahara are resilient to the vaccination campaign, according to sources.

MOH will be taking some drastic measures against those who refuse vaccination after the month of Ramadan.

  1. Close stores with unvaccinated employees
  2. NO cinema to individuals who didn’t receive or refused vaccination