Monthly Archives: November 2012
Reality television star Kim Kardashian has arrived in Kuwait at the start of a three-day tour that will also take her to Bahrain. The US socialite, 32, will open milkshake stores in both countries and will use the occasion to “educate herself about the Middle East.”
Jetting from the US wearing a slimming black trouser suit paired with black-pointed toe stilettos and a black crocodile skin bag, she flashed a peace sign upon arriving on Wednesday in Kuwait where she was later received by US Ambassador Matthew Tueller.
“Just touched down in Kuwait!!! Riding to the hotel now! So excited to be here!” she tweeted to her 16,734,322 followers as soon as she landed. She later tweeted a snap of herself meeting Tueller.
Tweets welcoming her into Kuwait flooded her account, interlaced with remarks that with her looks, she resembled Michael Jackson, and with observations that she should not have made the trip.
The visit, her first to the region, has waded into controversy. In Kuwait, online users were sharply divided over her presence in the country and remarks ranged from warm welcome to flat rejection.
“Her values clash with our traditions as a religiously committed people,” Mohammad Al Tabtabai, a preacher, said. “Her visit could help spread vice among our youth.”
However, another blogger told Kim that she has “brightened up Kuwait with her visit.”
In neighbouring Bahrain, conservative lawmakers tried to block her entry into the country, arguing that she had a “bad reputation.” However, their attempt on Tuesday failed after they could not get the support they needed from their peers and the Speaker ended the session without voting on the proposal.
Several young Bahrainis blasted the move, saying that the conservative forces within the parliament were trying to impose their views on society. “Lawmakers are supposed to focus their work and time on political and legislative issues, not on who should enter the country,” Sawsan, an office secretary, said. “If they do not appreciate her, then they should not attend the shop opening ceremony. They cannot dictate on people what they should or should not do,” she said.
Via Gulf News
Kuwait is to ban 100,000 nationals and expatriates from travel for failing to pay up their financial dues to the state.
The ban to be imposed on January 2 aims to recover some of the 900 million Kuwaiti dinars (Dh11.7 billion) owed to the state in unpaid fines, said Mohammad Al Duaij, a prosecution official.
“The decision not to allow this high number of people to leave the country was made after they failed to pay the fines decided by courts of law,” he said.
“Following a recommendation by the government to address the issue, each ministry conducted a study to assess the amounts due from people. The justice ministry for instance said that it has not collected 12 million dinars. The first measure to address this situation was to impose a travel ban,” he said.
Those who will be banned from travel will also be refused services in the major ministries, he said.
According to the official, a special software will be used to oversee the co-relation between the fine and the ban.
“Travel bans on individuals who do not pay their fines will be automatically implemented 90 days after the court decision. The ban will be lifted as soon as the fine is paid. No one will be exempted from the decision, regardless of their status and connections,” he said.
However, the official said that special derogations related to emergency medical travel would be considered by the public prosecutor or a court. “People can log into the sites of the justice and interior ministries to see whether they are banned from leaving the country.”
The ban will be the first stage of actions against those who do not pay their fines, Mohammad Al Duaij said. “The second phase will be blocking all services in the government departments and the third will be spending up to six months in prison,” he said.
The Kuwaiti government has pushed for concrete action to recover arrears, saying that the public funds should be preserved.
The electricity and water ministry needs to recover water and electricity bills worth 300 million dinars while the communication ministry has 180 million dinars in arrears, the cabinet said.
Manchester United are organizing #IAMUNITED Fans Party in Kuwait on 9th Dec’12. The Party will be held at Scientific Center Kuwait when United take on Mancheter City in the top of the table match!