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KUWAIT: Kuwait will buy 28 Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets to replace a fleet of earlier versions of the US fighter jets, a top official said yesterday. The value of the deal is not expected to exceed $5 billion, the KUNA state news agency reported the head of armament and procurement at Kuwait’s defense ministry as saying. Maj Gen Lafi Al-Azmi said the deal stipulates the supplier will repurchase the old Hornet fighter jets from Kuwait. He added that details of the sale would only be disclosed after it is officially signed. “Given Kuwait’s proximity to turbulent locations, we certainly need effective military equipment,” he was quoted as saying.

The US State Department this month said it has authorized the deal, as well as the sale of 72 F-15 Strike Eagle jets to Kuwait’s Gulf neighbor Qatar at an estimated value of $21 billion. In April, Kuwait signed a contract with Italy’s Finmeccanica for the purchase of 28 Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes for under €8 billion ($8.5 billion). The National Assembly in March approved spending an additional $500 million as an advance payment for the jets.

That funding came on top of $10 billion additional defense spending already approved by parliament in January to upgrade the country’s military. Kuwait is a member of the US-led coalition bombing Islamic State group targets in Syria and Iraq, and is also taking part in a Saudi-led coalition pounding Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. Last year, it bought 24 Caracal military tactical transport helicopters and French light armored vehicles. – Agencies


KUWAIT: Remote controlled drones with built-in cameras will no longer be allowed to fly over personal properties, Interior Ministry Undersecretary Sulaiman Al-Fahd said yesterday. He said drones with cameras attached to them have hovered over houses, military compounds and other sensitive locations, which is strictly prohibited.

Those found complicit in such unlawful activities could face either three years in jail or a maximum fine of KD 3,000. Fahd also stressed the need to get the ministry’s consent before operating these drones, which are typically seen at weddings and other joyous occasions, highlighting the fact that these drones have recently been used for illicit activities.

Fahd noted the drones represent an encroachment of personal privacy and a flagrant violation of state laws, warning that security forces reserve the right to down all drones spotted without proper permits by any means possible.

KUWAIT: The Civil Service Commission (CSC) yesterday said Dec 8 (Thursday) would be a public holiday marking the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), citing a relevant Cabinet decree.

Civil servants at all state bodies and agencies will resume work on Dec 11 (Sunday), it said in a press statement

KUWAIT: As the polling day for the upcoming parliamentary elections 2016 on November 26th approached, signs of traffic jams across the five constituencies start to emerge. The candidates are now entering the heated phase to lure a big number of voters, thus, causing unwanted traffic jams in areas where candidates’ headquarters are situated.

Though many candidates use valet parking services, large gatherings of crowds are still causing traffic congestion and overparking in some areas.
And with the transformation of the country into an electoral carnival, the Interior Ministry has set up a plan ahead of the elections aimed at increasing awareness on safety measures, as well as the necessity to ease traffic jams, whereas Kuwait Municipality has urged all candidates to ensure adequate parking space at their electoral headquarters. – Kuna

By Oqab Al-Qoubaa (Kuwait Times)


KUWAIT: An inspection campaign was recently launched in various Kuwaiti governorates to remove abandoned and scrap vehicles. 480 citations were filed.

Robbery suspect nabbed
A citizen with a criminal record was recently arrested for robbing a number of expats in Salmiya after threatening them with a knife, said security sources.

Abdali land Border Exit
MoI’s Relations and Security Media Director Brigadier Adel Ahmed Al-Hashash recently visited the hostel built at Abdali land Border Exit where he inspected the hospitality services provided there.
By Hanan Al-Saadoun (Kuwait Times)

If you can’t pay for the food, take it for free’

There’s a saying that there’s no such thing as free lunch. But at a restaurant in Salmiya, lunch is free and so too is dinner for those who can’t afford it. Wadi Rum, a small restaurant that opened four years ago near Marina Mall, offers charity in the way of meals for free for people in need. Customers entering the restaurant see a very unusual sign, which reads in Arabic: ‘If you can’t pay for the food, take it for free’.

“Since the restaurant opened on November 3, 2012, the owner Jalal Bader decided to offer this option as charity. We know there are poor people who are not able to afford a meal every day, so he decided to let them enjoy the food even if they are not able to pay for it,” Renald, manager of Wadi Rum, told Kuwait Times.

Around 10 people benefit from this daily. “There are regulars who come daily to take their meal, and some even come twice a day – for lunch and dinner. Others are first-timers, usually laborers or cleaners who work nearby. Some of them take meals with them for their needy friends who couldn’t come with them,” he explained.

It seems the offer of free food is hard to resist. Even those who clearly aren’t destitute take advantage of the charity. “Many a time, we have people asking for free food although they seem to be in a good financial situation, with expensive mobiles or watches. But the owner has told us to give them the food if they claim they can’t pay. Also, children and youngsters come daily, and some think it’s a joke, but we also give them free food,” explained Renald. The sign for free food elicits another type of response too. “Some customers who see the sign and the poor people taking the food offer to give us donations as a way to support us in what we do, but we don’t accept any charity,” he added.

Wadi Rum is open from noon until 2am. “We offer a limited selection of food. We have chicken and meat shawarma and mansaf, which is a Jordanian meal consisting of rice and lamb served with a special kind of yogurt. The majority of those who take the free meal choose mansaf, as many of them are Jordanian and Arab nationals,” Renald pointed out.

The restaurant’s shawarma cones are of a very large size, which is unique. “The huge size of our shawarma cone attracts people to come and take photos of it. We usually make two cones of chicken and one of meat daily. If anything remains at the end of the day, we distribute it to workers near Marina Mall,” he said.

There’s another saying that what goes around comes around, and Renald believes this good act brings success to the business. “I came to Kuwait nine years ago and worked in various restaurants, but this is the place where I have stayed the longest, as I’m satisfied here. This restaurant has been operating for more than four years now very successfully, while the previous restaurants kept going bust in short periods. I assume it’s from giving,” he concluded.

By Nawara Fattahova

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