Kuwait’s Emir calls on Arab states to end rifts.

Kuwaiti Emir.

Warning of “enormous” dangers, Kuwait urged Arab leaders on Tuesday to resolve a lengthening list of disputes complicating crises such as Syria’s war and political strife in the biggest Arab state, Egypt.The annual summit of the 22-member Arab League also heard an appeal from the UN peace mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, for an end the flow of arms to the combatants in the war, which has killed over 140,000 people and forced millions to flee.

Brahimi did not name the suppliers, but Saudi Arabia and Qatar are believed to be the main Arab funders of military assistance to rebels in Syria, while non-Arab Iran is the main regional power backing President Bashar al-Assad.”The whole region is in danger,” of being dragged into the conflict, Brahimi said, calling for renewed efforts to find a political settlement to the crisis, now in its fourth year.Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, urged Arab states to solve rifts he said were blocking joint Arab action.

“The dangers around us are enormous and we will not move towards joint Arab action without our unity and without casting aside our difference,” Sheikh Sabah, the summit host, said.He named no country. But he was apparently referring to worsening disputes among Arab states over the political role of Islamists in the region, and over what many Gulf states see as interference in their affairs by Shi’ite Muslim Iran, locked in a struggle for regional influence with Sunni power Saudi Arabia.

The summit follows an unusual row within the Gulf Cooperation Council alliance of Gulf Arab states over Qatari support for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, and a spat between Iraq and Saudi Arabia over violence in Iraq’s Anbar province.Gulf states tend to keep their disputes private, making a move by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates andBahrain this month to recall their ambassadors from Qatar highly sensitive.

Kuwait has offered to mediate: Shortly before the gathering Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah, smiling broadly, stood between Saudi Crown Prince Salman and Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, holding hands with them in an apparent attempt to convey a mood of reconciliation.But a Kuwaiti official said the dispute between Qatar and its neighbours was not expected to be on the summit’s agenda.”Gulf reconciliation, and Gulf issues are something for inside the Gulf house,” said Khaled al Jarallah, Kuwaiti undersecretary for foreign affairs.

Arab summits are often dominated by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a unifying topic for Arabs. The “Arab Spring” uprisings that began in 2011 have polarised the region, however.Syria’s war has stirred tensions between Sunni Muslims, notably in the Gulf, and Shi’ites in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran, whose faith is related to that of Assad’s Alawite minority.Reiterating that he saw no military solution to the war, Brahimi said Lebanon was in particular danger of being sucked into the conflict.

This appeared to be a reference to recent clashes between Alawites and Sunnis in northern Lebanon and Sunni militant bomb attacks in areas controlled by Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah which has been helping Assad in his war against Sunni rebels.Saudi Crown Prince Salman called for “changing the balance of forces” on the ground there, adding that the crisis in Syria had reached catastrophic proportions.

On Monday Lebanon’s foreign minister called on Arab states to support the Lebanese army to counter fallout from Syria’s war, which he said threatened to tear the country apart.The meeting was expected also to discuss other challenges such as Iran, which has improved its long-frosty ties with Western powers since the election of President Hassan Rouhani.

Syrian opposition leaders have been lobbying the Arab League to give them Syria’s seat on the pan-Arab body, and to push Arab states to approve the delivery of military hardware to them.In the event, Syria’s seat remained vacant at the summit.The head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Ahmed al-Jarba, made a speech appealing for more outside help for the rebels, and chided Arab states for not agreeing to give the coalition Syria’s seat, saying this would only embolden Assad.

Jarba asked Arab states to press the international community to provide heavy weapons to “our revolutionaries” and increase humanitarian support to Syrians affected by the conflict.Syria’s Arab allies, including Iraq, Algeria and Lebanon, oppose support for the rebels. They point out that Islamists, including groups linked to al Qaeda, are the strongest force in the armed opposition.

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The 6th Kuwait Waste Management & Recycle Conference will starts on 16 April,2014.

Kuwait Waste Management Conference & Exhibition

The 6th Kuwait Waste Management Conference & Exhibition is the premier event for the recycling and waste management industry in the GCC region.

It will present a platform to explore latest technologies & products and find best practices to successfully manage waste in a cost effective and environmental friendly manner. It will assemble leading industry players, waste management solution providers and consultants to address and discuss challenges and strategies for waste minimization , collection, treatment, disposal and recycling.

The 6th Kuwait Waste Management Conference & Exhibition will provide a distinctive opportunity to all the national and international exhibitors to network and put on display the most recent equipments, services, solutions and technologies in the waste and recycling industry on a single platform.

The 6th Kuwait Waste Management Conference & Exhibition is a must attend event for waste management companies, materials recycling facilities and local authorities as well as personnel responsible for their organization’s recycling and waste management.
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Qatar World Cup 2022 decision delayed to 2015.

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World football authorities will not make a decision on whether to switch the Qatar 2022 World Cup to the cooler winter months until early in 2015, according to the head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Global organising body FIFA had previously said that a resolution to move the tournament from summer, where temperatures in the Gulf state can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius, would be made by the end of this year.

“There are a lot of partners that we need to sit and talk with and find the best solution and I am sure this decision will not be taken before the first quarter of 2015,” Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, president of the AFC, told Britain’s the Press Association.

“The decision is to look at the possibilities of the timing, as we speak now it is still June/July but the aim of this task force is to look at the other options and the concerns that some will have,” Sheikh Salman added.

Qatar was awarded the rights to host football’s most prestigious event in a 2010 vote, which has been mired in controversy ever since, not least due to concerns over weather conditions, but also over allegations of bribery and maltreatment of foreign labour.

The Bahraini national defended Qatar’s record on its treatment of overseas workers, which has come in for stinging criticism, with reports showing that hundreds of labourers have died working on infrastructure projects in the country.”I think because of the World Cup, this issue is being addressed and looked at,” he said.

“I am sure that the government of Qatar is co-operating positively in that sense. The best thing the World Cup is doing now is trying to improve the working conditions in Qatar. If it wasn’t for the World Cup I’m not sure we would have heard of this issue,” Sheikh Salman added.

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Kuwait to hold Arab League Summit for the first time in History.

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Kuwait will host the upcoming Arab Summit League 2014 for the first time.According to press release to WCK, the Summit, now in its 25th year, will take place in Kuwait City from 25-26 March, and will gather the members of the Arab League and leaders from across the Arab world.

This year’s Summit “Solidarity for a Better Future”, hosted by The State of Kuwait and presided by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah, will focus on the core issues of Arab integration, cooperation and coordination, as well as the latest developments in the region, through a series of sessions and meetings over the two days.

Foreign Ministers will meet ahead of the Summit, and Arab leaders and chief delegates will arrive in Kuwait on 24 March.
For the first time, a representative from the new nation of South Sudan will attend the Summit, to give a report on the progress the country is making on its journey towards stability and prosperity, and the Summit intends to provide a springboard for Arab integration.

Following the Syria Donor Conference held in Kuwait in January, solving the conflict in Syria and alleviating suffering will continue to be a key focus of the Summit.

Kuwait has hosted several regional and international events over the past few months, reflecting Kuwait’s pivotal role in the promotion and consolidation of cooperation and solidarity among Arab states, including the Arab-Africa Summit and the GCC Annual Summit..

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Bahrain and Pakistan aimed to boost economic co-operation.

Bahrain and Pakistan yesterday signed a number of agreements aimed at boosting economic co-operation.

** Agreement between the Industry and Commerce Ministry and Manama Food Industry Company (MFI) which aims to expand the company’s presence in Hidd Industrial Area. The total investment is approximately $ 53 million. The agreement was signed by Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Hassan Fakhro and Mohammed Akram Chaudhry.

**Agreement between the Industry and Commerce Ministry and Manama Packaging Industry Company. The agreement was signed by Dr Fakhro and Mohammed Ejaz Chaudhry.

** Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and Board of Investment (BOI) Pakistan to develop and undertake collaborative activities and projects, share knowledge and have integrated technical exchange and assistance in the areas of mutual interests. The deal was signed by Transportation Minister and EDB acting chief executive Kamal Ahmed and special assistant to Pakistani prime minister and BOI chairman Dr Miftah Ismail.

** MoU between the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI). It was signed by BCCI chairman Khalid Almoayed and FPCCI president Zakaria Usman.

** MoU between BCCI and Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI). It was signed by Mr Almoayed and KCCI president Abdullah Zaki.

** MoU between Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) and Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited (FFC) in human resource and training collaboration. It was signed by GPIC president Abdulrahman Jawahery and FFC chief executive Fawad Ahmed Mukhtar.

** MoU between GPIC and Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited (FFC) in human resource and training collaboration. It was signed by Mr Jawahery and Fauji Fertilizer chief executive and managing director Lt Gen Naeem Khalid Lodhi.

** MoU between Bahrain Livestock Company (BLC) and PK Livestock Company with aim to expand both sides’ relationship and to continue to supply BLC with high quality halal lamb, mutton and beef meat and benefit from the experience of PK Livestock Company in operating slaughterhouses and food processing projects and mutually co-operate in upgrading existing facilities and building new facilities in Bahrain in similar area of business. It was signed by BLC chairman Ebrahim Mohammed Ali Zainal and PK Livestock Company chairman Tariq Butt.

** MoU between Manama Food Industry and Hamza Vegetable Oil Refinery and Ghee Mills with the aim to exchange information on chicken processing plant and mineral water plant businesses in Bahrain and the Middle East. The MoU also plans to conduct feasibility study to identify new target markets and products to be introduced for manufacturing in the kingdom and to evaluate the feasibility of a joint venture manufacturing facility in Bahrain International Investment Park. It was signed by Mr Chaudhry on behalf of Manama Food Industry and Sufi Tariq Ullah on behalf of Hamza Vegetable Oil Refinery and Ghee Mills.

** MoU between Nader and Ebrahim S/O Hasan Company and Durrani Group of Companies with aim to export fresh fruits and vegetables from Pakistan to Bahrain. It was signed by Nader and Ebrahim S/O Hasan Company managing director Ebrahim Al Ameer and Durrani Group of Companies director Barbar Khan Durrani.

** MoU between Nader and Ebrahim S/O Hasan Company and Lion Group of Industries with the aim to export fresh fruits and vegetables from Pakistan to Bahrain. It was signed by Mr Al Ameer and Lion Group of Industries owner Mian Shafiq Ahmed.

**MoU between Ali Rashid Al Amin Company and Intertrade Rice to expand relationship and explore new avenues for mutually beneficial business co-operation in the future and to continue to supply Bahrain basmati rice. It was signed by Ali Rashid Al Amin Company director Khalid Al Amin and Intertrade Rice managing director Qamar Farooq.

l MoU between Mobitech Consulting Company and Discretelogix Pakistan to collaborate in areas of digital media and management. It was signed by Mobitech Consulting Company managing director Adel A Malik and Discretelogix CEO Farrukh Malik .

** MoU between Mobitel Middle East and IKAN Engineering Pakistan to collaborate in areas of telecom and engineering services. It was signed by Mobitel Middle East chairman and group CEO Mohammad Rizwan Khalil and Middle East of IKAN managing director Mohammad Naeem.

** MoU between Hiba Construction and Design Manama and SIFCO Engineering Services Pakistan to collaborate in areas of construction and industry development. It was signed by HIBA Construction chairman and group CEO Mohammad Rizwan Khalil and SIFCO chairman and group CEO Mohammad Saleem Wahid. l MoU between Mobitel Middle East and Vertex Technologies Pakistan to collaborate in areas of ICT solutions and services. It was signed by Mobitel Middle East founder and managing director Adeel A Malik and Vertex Technologies managing director Shahzad Tahir.

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Kuwait University (KU) will establish five new scientific departments.

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Minister of Education and Higher Education issues a Decree to establish 5 new scientific departments in College of Public Health in Health Sciences Center Kuwait University

The Minister of Education, Higher Education and the higher President of Kuwait University, Mohammed Al Mulaifi issued a Decree, which stipulates on establishing the following departments in the Health Sciences Center at KU:


- Department of Epidemiology and Bio Statistics.

- Department of Health Policy and Management

- Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

- Department of Public Health Practice

- Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

After revising the University Law’s number (29) of the year 1966 amendments, it’s implementing regulation and complementary systems, and on the University Counsel meeting’s Decree number (2/2013) dated 21/5/2013 approving the establishment of College of Public Health which is affiliated to the Health Sciences Center.


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KOC said ,No leakage at oil installations.

Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) on Tuesday emphatically denied rumors buzzing social media sites about purported leakage at oil installations.
Smoke that billowed into the skies in south of the country early today originated from the industrial zone in Mina Abdullah, said the KOC in a statement.
The KOC operations are proceeding regularly, along with standard safety precautions.The industrial zone witnessed early today a fire that burned a dumping site of used tires that were later dumped with heaps of sand.

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UAE, Kuwait plan labourer recruitment pilot project

The UAE and Kuwait are planning to conduct a pilot project aimed at developing a comprehensive qualifications and skills framework to improve recruitment of labourers in the Gulf market.The UAE Labour Ministry and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Kuwait have held talks to develop the framework, with further discussions scheduled for November.

Humaid bin Deemas, Under-Secretary of the UAE’s Ministry of Labour, said in comments published by news agency WAM that the talks held in Abu Dhabi aimed to lead to a pilot project to enhance the Gulf labour market.WAM said the Abu Dhabi Dialogue included membership of 11 Asian labour-sending countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. It also had participants from Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

Bin Deemas said: “We’ve reviewed during the meeting, a draft relating to the pilot project, which aims at documenting labourers skills through a recognition process by handing out certificates that state their experience levels.

“This will also allow employers to obtain the required labourers that are fit to the nature of the existing profession and give them an estimate of the wages they deserve, while keeping in mind the advantages workers get by obtaining a professional certificate regarding their careers once they return to their homeland.”

He added: “It’s still at pre-operational stage, we will implement a trial by selecting a sample of workers in professions related to the construction sector in the labour markets of both countries then test those workers and measure their skill development with reference to certain criteria.”The trial phase is expected to last for two years, he said.

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Kuwait’s New Refinery Contractors submit bank guarantees.

Three international consortium awarded multi-billion dollar refinery deals by Kuwait last month have submitted bank guarantees to the Gulf emirate and are expected to formally sign the contracts on April 10, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Monday.

National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) has offered guarantees to two consortium while National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), one of the largest banks in the Arab region, has signed a guarantee agreement with the remaining consortium, the Arabic language daily Al Anba said, quoting unnamed sources in the Kuwaiti National Petroleum Company (KNPC).

The paper said the three guarantee deals have a total value of around KD165 million ($ 595 million) but it did not mention the value of each package.“The three consortium have submitted bank guarantees for the contracts ahead of the deadline set by KNPC on Monday,” the report said.“KNPC sources said they expected the clean fuel project (CFP) contract, the largest refining deal in Kuwait, to be signed on April 10.”

Kuwait, a key Opec oil producer, has awarded three contracts worth nearly $ 12 billion to consortium led by Japanese, British and US firms for the development of its Mina Abdullah and Mina Al Ahmadi refineries. The groups include JGC Corp of Japan, the UK’s Petrofac, and Fluor Corp of the US.

The CFP project, which also includes construction of the 615,000-bpd Al Zour refinery in southern Kuwait, will nearly double the country’s refining production to around 1.4 million bpd.

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Kuwait’s Gulf Bank appoints new CEO.


Gulf Bank announced the appointment of César González-Bueno as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 16th March 2014, following the approval by the Central Bank of Kuwait.

Mr Omar Kutayba Alghanim, Chairman of Gulf Bank said: “We are very pleased to welcome César González-Bueno as Gulf Bank’s new Chief Executive Officer. I believe he will help us to take Gulf Bank to the next level of development.

His experience as CEO with Novagalicia Banco and before that as Regional Head of ING, and as a member of ING’s global management team as well as his prior broader financial expertise with institutions such as McKinsey, amongst others, will add new energy and dynamism to the Bank’s growth. I, the Board and the whole management team at Gulf Bank are very much looking forward to César joining us and working with him to drive Gulf Bank forward.”

Mr González-Bueno is a Spanish citizen and has lived, studied and worked in Europe and the USA. He worked for Novagalicia since 2011 and spent 13 years at ING Bank. Prior to that he held positions at Citibank, Morgan Stanley and Argentaria as well as the Boston Consulting Group and Mckinsey & Co.

He holds a double degree in law and business administration from Madrid University and an MBA from The Yale School of Management in USA.

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Qatar to launch infrastructure development projects worth $65bn.


Qatar plans to launch development projects worth $65 billion, according to Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, president of the administrative control and transparency authority.The projects will include building the infrastructure for stadiums, railway networks, roads, highways, bridges, intersections, electricity and water and hotels.

Speaking at the “Qatar Infrastructure Projects” seminar, Al Attiyah said that Qatar’s focus for the future development has shifted away from the oil and gas sector.

“The needs and priorities of the State of Qatar has grown in recent years, where the expansion of the focus now is on other areas outside the oil and gas sectors, including a number of large-scale projects designed to achieve the Qatar National Vision 2030, as well as other projects for the infrastructure associated with hosting the Qatar World Cup Football 2022.”

The event, hosted by the Overseas Association of Japan, highlighted the role that Japanese construction companies can play in this vision.Attiya noted that the railway project in Qatar, which is estimated to at a cost of $30 million, presents an opportunity for joint cooperation between the two countries.

“Japan’s global expertise in design, engineering and systems integration , operations and safe transportation planning across the rail , and we hope to be Japanese companies involved in this sector in a position to participate in the development project of our network rail, including help in the progress of this ambitious plans effectively,” he said.

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Netherland’s Van Oord awarded $696mn Kuwait dredging project.


Van Oord has been awarded a $696mn land reclamation project in Kuwait by the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). 

The project involves land in a salt plain near the coast to prepare for the construction of a new refinery in the Al-Zour area south of Kuwait City.The refinery will produce 615,000 barrels a day. It is the first phase of KNPC’s $23bn investment programme for this new refinery.

Van Oord CEO, Pieter van Oord, said: “The Middle East has been very important to Van Oord for decades. We are pleased to continue working and strengthening our position in the area with this contract.”Work on the project will begin immediately over a 30-month period.

The project involves dredging and reclaiming some 65mn cmof sand and executing extensive ground consolidation. It will also include constructing various channels, a basin for a future jetty, a barge dock and roads. Van Oord will deploy large trailing suction hopper dredgers and cutter suction dredgers.

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Kuwait Awqaf Public Foundation appointed ” Gulf Consult” for the refurbishment and expansion of Awqaf Complex.

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Awqaf Commercial Complex,Kuwait


Gulf Consult has been appointed by Kuwait Awqaf Public Foundation to provide design and supervision services for the refurbishment and expansion of Awqaf Complex. The Complex, located in the Mirqab area of Kuwait City, was built in the early 1980s.

The scope of work includes structural retrofitting of structural members in the basement, ground and mezzanine levels, as well as complete renovation of the interior and building services in the three-storey retail mall. The scope also covers the refurbishment of the elevator lobbies of the office towers, and the design of a new commercial building which will be bridge-linked to the main complex.The design and construction of the project will be carried out over a 22 month period.

Gulf Consult, founded by Hamad Abdullateef Thunyan Alghanim in 1967, is one of the oldest established design consultants in Kuwait.  Gulf Consult’s directive has always been, from the start to present day, to provide all of its clients with superior professional consulting services on time and within budget.

The company has developed a strong portfolio of significant and prestigious projects in wide range of categories from infrastructure to high rise office buildings, healthcare and educational institutions, and both governmental and commercial projects.

Gulf Consult is able to draw upon the skills and expertise of long-serving members of staff to offer a service that starts with the inception of the project and carries through the design to working drawings and construction supervision.  Gulf Consult also has an extensive track-record of successful work with internationally-renowned consultants.

Gulf Consult’s reputation for quality services delivered on time, sophisticated design, and dedication to client satisfaction has shaped the company into one of the premier multidisciplinary consultancies in the region.

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GCC’s top 18 billionaires combined wealth hits $72.3 bln.

Mohammed al Barwani, chairman, MB Holding, figures among the world’s 1,645 billionaires who have been featured on the Forbes magazine’s 2014 World Billionaires List, released last week, Muscat Daily reported. As many as 18 billionaires from four GCC countries, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE and Kuwait, have been ranked in Forbes’ billionaire list this year, with a combined wealth of $72.3 billion.

Forbes ranked Barwani at 1,372th place, with a net worth of $1.2 billion.Of 18 billionaires from the GCC, seven are from Saudi Arabia, four from the UAE, five from Kuwait and one from Oman. Saudi billionaire Prince al Waleed bin Talal al Saud was again ranked as the wealthiest individual in the GCC and across the Middle East on the list, with a net worth of US$20.4bn.

According to Forbes, Barwani has joined the Forbes billionaires list for the first time this year. He founded energy conglomerate MB Holding as MB Trading in 1982. In 1986, the company started providing oil field services, soon expanding into exploration and the production of oil and gas, which remains the most valuable part of the business.

“Barwani’s five children are all active in the company, which had 2012 revenues of US$1.3bn. In 2010, he bought luxury yacht manufacturer Oceanco, which builds custom 280ft boats for the world’s super-rich,” Forbes said.

In its list this year, Forbes features a total of 1,645 billionaires with an aggregate net worth of US$6.4tn, up from 1,426 billionaires with a total net worth of US$5.4tn a year ago.

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