Expat women banned from owning Kuwaiti property

Published:  15 Nov at 6 PM
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Expat women are forbidden to own Kuwaiti property after an appeal court judgement was overturned at a higher court.

By overturning an initial court judgement which allowed an expat woman to own half of a Kuwaiti man’s house, Kuwait lawyers have effectively banned expat females from owning Kuwaiti property. The Court of Appeal had granted the right of half-ownership to the woman, but the emirate’s Court of Cessation Civil Circuit reversed the decision and dismissed the case.

The property had originally been built by the female plaintiff’s Kuwaiti son-in-law, using money borrowed from his expat mother-in-law under an agreement which gave her legal rights over ownership of half the property. Later, the man refused to pay back the loan when requested, resulting in her filing a lawsuit under civil law 262, which states an individual who has become wealthy at the expense of another person must receive compensation. The defence’s case was that the sole evidence relating to the case simply confirmed the loan as proof of any agreement as regards half-ownership was not supported by evidence.

Meanwhile in Oman, the emirate’s Ministry of Health is working to improve the health insurance laws relating to expatriates living and working in the country. The scheme is expected to broaden the coverage of healthcare insurance by separating the various types of disease, thus compelling all private health insurers to cover clients’ total healthcare needs. At the present time, separate health insurers are allowed to decide which illnesses they cover, forcing expats with several conditions to buy more than one policy. The first level is expected to cover well-known diseases, with other levels specifying cover for non-communicable diseases and other illnesses.
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