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Kuwait Central Bank allows lenders to distribute 2020 dividends

The Kuwait Banking Association said in June that there would be no distribution of dividends to shareholders for 2020

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More than 83,500 expats left Kuwait in Q4 2020 – report

The number of expats in the country’s workforce has now dropped to 1.5 million

Kuwaiti military says those flying drones without permits will face legal action

Kuwait has strict regulations governing the usage of drones in the country

Kuwait MPs submit proposal to impose fee on money transfers out of country

Lawmakers have called for a 2.5 per cent fee on all money transfers out of the country

GCC leaders convene in Saudi Arabia for summit, sign statement

The GCC summit began with a keynote address by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

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Kuwait makes three oil and gas discoveries

The discoveries were made in the largely unexplored western and northwestern areas of the country

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Saudi Arabia reopens airspace, land and sea borders to Qatar

It ends a blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia that began in 2017

Kuwait aims to vaccinate 80% of population by September 2021

As of Monday, 2,500 people were vaccinated and second doses will be administered from January 14

Kuwait to resume flights, reopen borders on January 2

The GCC state suspended flights and closed its borders on December 21 due to concerns over the new Covid-19 strain

Kuwaiti Prime Minister receives Covid-19 vaccine; says ‘safe to use’

The vaccination campaign would continue across Kuwait for several months

Covid-19: Kuwait commences vaccination campaign; Prime Minister to receive first shot

The vaccine would arrive on a monthly basis in Kuwait for a period of a year

Covid-19 new strain: Kuwait joins Oman, Saudi in suspending flights, closing its borders

The border closure will be in place from 11pm on Monday, December 21 until Friday, January 1, 2021

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Kuwait set to receive first batch of Covid-19 vaccines this week

Over 60,000 people have registered on the vaccination platform so far

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Kuwait to offer only one-year residency for expats – report

The new decision will apply to all expats entering the country

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Kuwait post-election cabinet has new finance, oil ministers

Kuwait elected a new National Assembly on December 5

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Kuwait approves emergency use of Pfizer vaccine

As of December 13, Kuwait has reported 146,218 Covid-19 cases including 911 deaths

No pre-flight Covid-19 PCR test for passengers arriving in Dubai from GCC countries

The exemption is not applicable to passengers arriving by road through the Hatta border

Omid Rahravani and Fahad Al Sufayeh

How entrepreneurs Fahad Al Sufayeh and Omid Rahravani are introducing new technologies to the Middle East

From IoT to national poll voting apps, and e-learning to women empowerment and AI platforms, these two entrepreneurs are helping evolve the technology landscape of the Middle East

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Kuwaiti voters replace more than half of sitting parliament

The incoming legislature will have 31 new members

Kuwaiti economic crisis sidelined as nation goes to polls

Some 568,000 Kuwaitis are eligible to choose from 326 candidates

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Kuwait allows domestic workers to return from December 7

The cost of each returning worker has been fixed at KD270 to cover quarantine expenses

GCC Covid-19 update: UAE reports 1,107 cases; 215 infections registered in Oman

The death toll in the UAE has risen to 572

Axa sells Gulf operations to Kuwaiti group in $269m deal

The insurer sold its stakes in Axa Gulf, Axa Cooperative Insurance Company and Axa Green Crescent Insurance Company to Gulf Insurance Group

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Kuwait offers second amnesty this year for undocumented expats

The amnesty will require expats living illegally to either get a valid residency or leave the country after paying their fines to avoid a ban

GCC Covid-19 update: UAE reports 1,065 cases, two deaths

The case count in the UAE has risen past 160,000

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Kuwait going ahead with decision to ban work permits for expats aged over 60 from Jan 1

The decision applies to expat workers who do not have a university degree

GCC Covid-19 update: UAE reports 1,136 infections, 773 recoveries

The death toll in the UAE has risen to 523

GCC Covid-19 update: UAE reports 1,214 cases; 302 infections confirmed in Oman

The death toll in the UAE has risen to 520

Kuwait’s $124bn pension fund plans infrastructure boost

The new plan, developed with US-based consultancy Mercer, will start next year

GCC Covid-19 update: UAE reports 1,096 cases; 903 infections confirmed in Kuwait

The registered infection count in the UAE has risen past 144,000