Good news for expats working in Kuwait. There are many businesses, mainly large ones that withhold staff passports of those who aren’t Kuwaiti (or GCC). Which shouldn’t be acceptable and is considered unlawful worldwide. The new labor law if approved will come into force at the beginning of 2016.[Source]
It’s news like this that boost up the start-up community in Kuwait and inspires ambitious youth to pursue building a business. Talabat announced they’ve won the Deal of the Year award by CEO Middle East Awards. I’ve personally took part in a startup and it went terrible due to the government not having a proper infrastructure for start-ups to excel and grow. You basically need to have a big chunk of money, if you plan on being a legal business. Hopefully, this is changing.
In a very odd case, Kuwait’s civil court has ordered a compensation of 1,500 KD to a woman that thought she was buying an authentic bag on instagram for 500 KD but then found out it was a counterfeit. Due to the psychological damages she had to go through after this, she will get paid 1,500 KD. Does that mean all woman buying stuff from fishy instagram accounts can file for damages now?[Source]
Acura is very new to the automotive industry in Kuwait and they’ve only launched with 2 cars. Today they will be revealing their 3rd vehicle which is the Acura RDX. It’s cheaper than the MDX as it comes smaller with less seats. It’s a competitor to the Lexus NX and BMW X3 more or less. I haven’t reviewed an Acura yet but so far from what I hear everyone likes them, I personally don’t like their exterior.
I’m pretty excited about this, today Hearthstone, which is an interactive online card game will be releasing more than 100 new cards which is something big, there’s also a new mechanic in the game called Joust. I’ve been addictively playing this game for over a year and the reason I love it is you can play it competitively or casually and both ways it’s still fun.
I already purchased 50 packs to open up today, the expansion might be available 8p.m Kuwait time. If you want to try the game out it’s also available on Android and iOS devices under the name Hearthstone. The game is not available physically even though it’s a card game, it can only be played on a device and most of the time against another person online.
You’d think the four people that brutally attacked the nurse was because she injected their relative with the wrong needle or something very serious, on the contrary she was only giving them directions to the right department when they came to the wrong one. It followed an argument, followed by the four guys beating up the nurse. When a doctor approached to see what was all this chaos about, he got beaten up too. To make things worse, they managed to flee the hospital. The photos are pretty graphic so I decided not to post them.
From what I understood, two friends were both stabbed during a fight at 360 Mall and one of them ended up dying at the hospital. You can see the blood stains all over the floor. The reason behind the fight is not yet known, but I’m guessing it was over a parking lot or too much staring.
Is this becoming a norm? When a doctor was stabbed to death by a group of teenagers at the Avenues mall it shocked Kuwait and the world. So now there’s the same incident at another mall, are we going to have someone die in every mall in Kuwait eventually.
Let me list the statistics so I can change them periodically
Malls with people that got stabbed to death:
- The Avenues Mall
- 360 Mall
- Marina Mall (Crescent)
Malls that did not have people stabbed to death yet:
- Al Hamra Tower Mall
- Al Fanar Mall
- Souq Sharq Mall
- Al Kout Mall
- The Gates Mall
In an attempt to reduce the unbearable traffic, Kuwait has suspended new home delivery licences from being issued. There will also be strict new qualifications for obtaining a driver’s licence. I think this step will only fix something and break something else, they are not addressing the main issue at hand. Instead of offering more ways of transportation, they’re making it harder for services.[Source]
Update: I’m just going paste what Mark from 248am wrote, the source was misleading and the ban appears to be temporary.
“According to the news article on the Ministry of Commerce website, the ban is temporary and only because the MOI are currently overburdened with requests [Source]. So it looks like Kuwait Times are making shit up. Also it looks like Arabian Business is now making shit up because their source (Kuwait Times) never mentioned anything about traffic being the reason for the ban.”