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A ban on visa issuance for citizens of six countries could be lifted next month after Kuwait announces new rules to regulate this process, a local daily reported yesterday, quoting a Migration General Department official. “Work is currently ongoing to put together the controls and mechanisms when allowing citizens of Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Syri…a, Afghanistan and Yemen to apply for an entrance or dependency visa”, said the source who spoke to Al-Rai on the condition of anonymity.
The source did not provide details about the new mechanisms which are expected to be announced next October. “This is a humanitarian step from Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al- Khalid Al-Sabah given the large number of residents hoping to bring relatives to Kuwait”, he explained.
The ban was imposed in 2011 for “security reasons” stemming from an unstable political situation in some of the aforementioned states. In other news, Al-Rai also reported that the immigration departments across Kuwait adopted new measures to deal with dependency visas for housewives and children over the age of 21.
Sources indicated that visas issued before Sept 3, 2011 will not be renewed unless the applicant is fingerprinted and undergoes a new medical test. “The measure is precautionary since it allows the state to determine the security and health status of housewives and young adults who can remain under their fathers’ dependency until they turn 24- years-old,” the sources said.
According to the source, the new mechanism allows the Interior Ministry to reveal suspects with criminal records or cases infected with infectious diseases. “This move will come into effect after the Interior Ministry finishes connecting its database with the Health Ministry’s database to prevent manipulation”, the source added.
Landmark Group makes it presence stronger in Kuwait.
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First of all we KUWAIT UPTO DATE would like to say thanks to Landmark Group for inviting us on the occasion of launch of CentrePoint and Homecnetre in Avenues. Landmark Group, the region’s leading retail and hospitality conglomerate, celebrated the opening of its largest centrepoint and Home Centre stores in Kuwait, located in the hugely popular The Avenues, the new Centrepoint store offers the latest summer collection for women, men, children and kids while the new home Center store offers a variety of interesting picks for diverse home finishing needs.
To mark the celebration, Landmark group hosted an exclusive ribbon cutting ceremony which was attended by the wife of his highness the crown prince of Kuwait, Sheikha Sharifa Al- Jassim and Mdm, Wedad Al Abdulrazzaq, Members of the press and Landmark Group management were also present. Attendees to the opening ceremony were treated to a preview of the store’s summer 2013 collection.
Speaking at the launch of the new stores Saibal Basu, Chief Operating Officer, Landmark Group Kuwait said: “Expansion has always played an important role in Landmark Group’s growth strategy. Over the years we have grown considerably and the expansion encompasses our commitment to our customers in Kuwait and the region. Our new flagship stores are a one-stop shopping destination for the entire family where four great brands meet. We combine quality and style to appeal to a broad customer base. Customers who come to Centrepoint and Home Centre will find something that fits their personal style and their budget.
“Today the Landmark Group has a total of 14 stores at the Avenues representing different brands including Splash, Max, New Look, ICONIC, Steve Madden, Dumond, Pablosky, Carpisa, Reiss, Kurt Geiger, Carlusccio’s and the newly opened Centrepoint and Home Centre and Showexpress”.
“Centrepoint and Home Centre are among the fastest growing brands in our growing portfolio of the retail brands we are able to offer our customers. We look forward to delivering unparalleled overall shopping experience at convenient locations”.
“Our new flagship Cetrepoint and Home Centre stores provide a platform for our continued development and excellence in the market. We will continue with such extensive expansions in the coming years and try to serve our customers in every possible manner.” Concluded Mr.Basu.
Shopping at Centrepoint and Home Centre is an experience in itself, from trendy fashion looks to inspiring accessories, the stores are designed for easy browsing and colorful display areas.
The new collection at Home Centre showcases a mix of modern and transitional furniture and Home décor accessories in vivid and colourful styles, offering something for every taste. The collection comprises timeless product that hold utility value and aesthelic appeal. Home Centre’s combination of unique designs and refreshing colours reflect popular global trends in home décor.
Every season, Centrepoint produces a collection that is unique and fits with its overall philosophy. The new sotore offers the latest fashion range with the hottest new international trends in tectures and fabrics to guarantee its patrons an enjoyable shopping experiences.
A leader in the Middle East retail industry, the Landmark Group has successfully established itself as a forerunner in providing high value for money to customers. Always keen to reach out to its customers, Landmark Group also has social media presence on its Kuwait Facebook, twitter and on Instagram.
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Ambassador of Kuwait, Nawaf Abdulaziz Al-Enezi, called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at the Prime Minister’s House on Friday and informed him that the Kingdom of Kuwait is considering to lift restrictions on issuance of visas to Pakistani workers.
Kuwait had imposed a total ban on all types of visas for Pakistanis in Kuwait in May 2011 and the ban included suspending all tourism, visit and trade visas as well as visas sponsored by spouses. Such curbs were also slapped on nationals from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.
The ban was attributed to the “difficult security conditions in the five countries” and to “the remarkably increasing tendency of nationals from the five countries to apply for visas to bring in relatives who faced or could face arrest by local authorities,” said the Kuwaiti media reports.
Mr. Nawaf Abdulaziz Al-Enezi also informed the Prime Minister that a high powered delegation would be visiting Pakistan soon to recruit doctors, paramedics and workers, a PM office statement said.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, during his visit to Kuwait on the sidelines of Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit, had taken up the issue of visas with His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, who had assured him of looking into the matter.
Former Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, had also raised the issue during his visit to Kuwait.
While talking to Ambassador of Kuwait, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said that Pakistan and Kuwait enjoy close relations which are growing from strength to strength.
The Prime Minister praised the wisdom and sagacity of the Ameer of Kuwait and asked the Ambassador to convey his greetings and best wishes to him.
Via newspakistan . pk
Selim Ramia & Co announced yesterday that Grand Cinemas, the region’s leading theatre chain, will open its doors to the public for the first time in Kuwait on October 26th. Located in the country’s tallest skycraper, Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait.
James Bond film, Skyfall. The new cinema will offer Kuwait residents an unforgettable experience, starting with the exclusive release of the highly anticipated James Bond film, Skyfall.
Grand Cinema In keeping with this desirable address, Grand Cinemas at Al Hamra Luxury Center offers customers only the best. With eight spectacular screens and the first Grand Class theatre for VIP luxury, the cinema has a total of 1450 seats. From the moment consumers enter the spacious, stylish main lobby, they can feel the Grand Cinemas difference. All screens are uniquely equipped with the latest digital technology, including 4K projectors capable of a whopping 8 million megapixels – a first in Kuwait.