Kuwait tightens up on access to international airport

Published:  21 Nov at 6 PM
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Security measures at Kuwait International Airport are to be tightened, with friends and relatives seeing off travellers no longer allowed access beyond the main gate.

Recently appointed new director of the airport’s Security department Brigadier Waleed al-Saleh has issued a ban on expatriates who wish to enter the main complex to say goodbye to family or friends. As from now, farewells must be said at the airport’s main gate.

According to the brigadier, the reason behind the new rule is the daily congestion in the check-in and departure area, caused by anything up to a dozen expatriate friends and families of travellers all arriving to see off each single person. Another point, he said, is that some expats arrive looking for compatriots travelling to their home countries in order to ask them to take bags to hand to persons on arrival.

Expat teachers in Kuwait are looking to continue using legal actions to reinstate their rights to housing allowance on end-of-service pay in cases of dismissal or resignation. Cases involving a loss of agreed funds date back to 2011, with some teachers now back in their home countries, but many more are determined to fight on until their rights are restored.

Statements from Kuwait’s Education Minister Dr Bader al-Essa haven’t cooled the situation, as more former teachers are now joining the revolt and engaging lawyers. Other aspects being studied are allowances, occupational levels and promised bonuses.

In another political arena, ex-MP Jamal al-Omar is calling on the Kuwaiti government to stop employing expatriate workers. Al-Omar is running for re-election, with his platform including attacks on the number of expats employed in the emirate. He states that 20,000 Kuwaitis are registered to work but employers are using expats in contradiction with a reform document, thus preventing citizens from fulfilling their role in the country.
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