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We reap fruits of partnership with private sector: Sheikh Salman

 

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 16, (KUNA): Chairman of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Sheikh Salman Sabah Al- Sabah has projected that revenues of Kuwait’s International Airport (KWI)’s Terminal Four (T4) in its first five years of operation would reach KD 100 million (or $328 million). “Today we reap the fruits of the first DGCA partnership with the private sector,” Sheikh Salman said in a ceremony held on Sunday, referring to the deal signed with the Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) of Korea to operate the new T4.

He pointed out that during the first year of T4 operation, which started on Aug 15, 2018, several positive things had been achieved, such as raising the building’s operation efficiency in accordance with international standards and improving the service provided to passengers especially punctuality which exceeded 90 percent.

He, moreover, stated that T4 operation had helped ease crowdedness at the Kuwait International Airport especially during the rush summer season when the traffic reached nearly six million passengers. Passenger traffic, this season, was distributed among the different terminals, mainly T4, which significantly reduced the burden on the main building this summer when over six million passengers used the airport, he said. Sheikh Salman unveiled that the government embarked on a comprehensive review of all laws and regulations with a view to revamping the national air transport sector.

This step would give the civil aviation directorate the opportunity to separate the operational side from the regulatory and legislative side and to exercise its responsibility as a regulatory authority on the air transport sector, he explained. He stated that the government was keen on modernizing the infrastructure of the air transport sector to help translate His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s directives to transform Kuwait into a financial and commercial hub. He hailed the successful operation of T4 in a record time as the design and construction of the building, which has a capacity of receiving 4.5 million passengers annually, were completed in only 21 months.

For his part, Kuwait Airways Chairman Yusuf Al-Jassem boasted that the punctuality rate of Kuwait Airways, the national carrier, after the operation of T4 had surged from 59 percent to 93 percent. Kuwait Airways had also ranked ninth among 175 European, Middle Eastern and African airlines and topped the list of Middle Eastern airlines in terms of punctuality rate, according to a report by the British travel intelligence company (OAG).

Furthermore, Kuwait Airways was granted a five star rating from the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) for 2019, he added. He noted that over four million passengers had used T4 during the period from Aug 15, 2018 to Aug 15, 2019. The new terminal was inaugurated on July 4, 2018 by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. But commercial flights started at T4 on Aug 15, 2018. The state-of-art facility is one of the concrete achievements on the path toward making Kuwait a regional business hub.

The 55,000-sq-m T4 has a capacity to accommodate some 4.5 million passengers per year. It provides jobs to 2,000 citizens and contributes with $60 million to annual state revenues. Contract for building T4 was signed by the civil aviation authority, in 2016, with the Turkish Genghis company and the Kuwaiti Al-Oula company at a value amounting to KD 52.89 million ($173.2 million).

The complex, built according to criteria of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), features stat-of-art designs, technology and security systems. Its construction has helped in balancing distribution of passengers among national air facilities, including Sheikh Saad airport (T3) and Al-Jazeera terminal (T5). The KAC was established in 1953 as a private aviation company. In 1962, the government acquired its entire stakes. It operates to 40 destinations worldwide.

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 14: The process of deporting violators and criminals at the State expense has cost the Treasury $3.7 million, reports Al-Rai daily quoting informed sources.

The same sources said this money comes from the budget allocated for the Ministry of Interior.

However, the daily said no numbers of deportees or the period covered was available.

The sources pointed out that the ministry has a tender bearing the number (1/2016-2017) for the issuance of tickets for those awaiting deportation’, indicating that the value of the tender is up to 1.125 million dinars (about $3.7 million).

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 14: The Medical Licensing Department (MLD) does not recognize non-accredited academic certificates during the issuance, renewal and transfer of licenses for practicing medical professions for all disciplines and levels, reports Al-Anba daily.

 

This came in a circular issued by the department which was circulated recently to the managers of hospitals, medical centers, dispensaries and clinics.

According to the circular, the law issued by the Council of Ministers No. 78 of 2019, and contains instructions from the Ministry of Health the department will not receive non-accredited academic certificates for any application for a license to practice a medical profession and its auxiliary professions.

Sources have called for a review by the Ministry of Higher Education first to obtain the equivalence of academic certifi- cates before applying for a license to practice the profession.

Source: Arab Times

File Photo: US President Donald Trump welcomes His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the White House

WASHINGTON, Sept 9, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is highly respected and US President Donald Trump is looking forward to meet him soon, the White House affirmed on Monday.

The White House Spokesman, Jude Derry, has said in a statement that President Trump wishes His Highness the Amir will recover quickly after his admission at a hospital in the US to complete medical checkups. President Trump has been informed that his scheduled meeting with His Highness the Amir on Sept 12 has been postponed to a later date, the White House Spokesman said.

The President is looking forward to meet His Highness the Amir when he recovers, the Spokesman added. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad is greatly respected and he has remained a “grand partner to the United States in the face of challenges in the region (the Middle East), he stated further.

Kuwaiti Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Ali Jarrah Al- Sabah announced on Sunday that His Highness the Amir had been admitted at a hospital in the US to complete medical checkups, thus his scheduled meeting with President Trump had been adjourned to a date to be set later.

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 8, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah has been admitted to a hospital in the US for medical tests, and thus rescheduled a meeting with President Donald Trump, Minister of Amiri Diwan said Sunday. Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah said the hospital admission of His Highness the Amir forced the postponement of the summit meeting with Trump, and a date would be set later. Sheikh Ali prayed to Allah the Almighty to bestow His Highness the Amir with good health. His Highness the Amir was scheduled to meet with Trump on Sept 12.

Source: Arab Times

 

A company worker supervising the shifting of gas cylinders

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 7: Kuwait Oil Tankers Company (KOTC) affirmed that misuse of gas cylinders in the local market creates extra financial burden for the state, adding the cost can be reduced if cylinders are well managed with cooperation between concerned authorities and consumers.

In a press release, the company emphasized the need for cooperation among commercial and private consumers to preserve the cylinders. It explained that 90 percent of the destruction to cylinders is due to accumulation of filth in the commercial sector, especially in some restaurants, central kitchens and barbecues.

It added that 12-kilogram cylinders used for commercial activities are categorized for private usage, while lack of special storage to keep them amounts to non-compliance with the safety and security procedures. The company also observed that rolling of the cylinders and throwing it from high places cause destruction, indicating that placing cylinders in water closet, playing with the valves, placing solid materials on the cylinders, using unwarranted commercial products, trying to remove the caps with sharp objects, cutting the rubbers that are meant to protect leakages, using cylinders in an upside down position, and dumping cooking oil and other waste items on it are aspects of the misuse.

It revealed that 14,500 cylinders were destroyed in 2018 while 25,000 have been destroyed since the beginning of 2019 until date. This shows an increase in the rate of destruction to almost 10,500 in less than one year, urging concerned authorities to assist in protecting cylinders by issuing resolutions to prevent their misuse and reduce the rate of destruction.

Source: Arab Times

Image result for Raise in rents spells doom for ‘Mubarakiya’ as historical icon

Shop-owners unhappy with new investor

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 5: Al-Mubarakiya Market crisis has returned to the forefront again with the imposition of rent hike ranging from 100-300 percent by the new investor and acquisition levy of around KD1,300-KD5,000.

This issue had earlier instigated crisis in the ancient market and temporary solution was proffered by postponing rent increment until the recent development set in.

With the new imposition of high rent, the market is doomed as historical and heritage landmark of the country, which has always been the foremost attraction for citizens, expatriates and tourists. In this context, several tenants of the shops, restaurants and café joints in the market have expressed disappointment over the rent increment imposed by the company and high cost of acquisition levy during eviction.

They regarded the action as a method of killing the market. They declared that Al-Mubarakiya Market is gone forever if the investor company is given free hand to determine its fate with the raise in rents, especially the market has not been doing well in terms of sales except during festivals and special occasions.

According to Abu Ali, owner of a games shop, management of the market raised the rents in varying percentages. He explained that he used to pay KD 400 per month before reaching 100 percent raise with KD 800 and imposition of new acquisition levy of KD 1,300. He reiterated that restaurants were mandated to pay KD 5,000 acquisition levy, which is 300 percent increase. Whoever used to pay KD 1,000 now has to pay KD 3,000.

By Najeh Bilal Al-Seyassah Staff

Source: Arab Times

 

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