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KUWAIT: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem received yesterday the visiting delegation of the British House of Commons. During the meeting, both sides discussed parliamentary cooperation, ways to enhance the relations between parliaments and latest regional and international developments.
Head of the British delegation Rehman Chishti handed Ghanem an official invitation from Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, to visit Britain. The British group included MPs David Morris, Royston Smith, Yasmin Qureshi and British Ambassador to Kuwait Belinda Lewis.
Kuwait’s Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Dr Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah also met with the visiting British House of Commons group yesterday. During the meeting, which was held at the ministry’s headquarter, both sides reviewed the historical relations, deep ties and firm friendship between Kuwait and the United Kingdom. The discussion also included various cooperative fields that aim to promote common interests and benefit both countries and their people. – KUNAKuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah meets the British House of Commons’ delegation.
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KUWAIT: Over 60 participants from 27 countries will take part in the UIM-AUP Aquabike World Championship Kuwait Grand Prix, which will be held at the Marina Crescent from Nov 11 to 13, 2021. The event also includes side activities and entertainment. The opening ceremony for the public will be at 5:30 pm today with fireworks, laser show, flyboards and freestyle show by the riders.
Dr Saqer Al-Mulla, Deputy Director General for Competitive Sports, said this championship is an international event and Kuwait is pleased to host it. “We are glad that interest in this sport is growing. This is the second time Kuwait is hosting this championship. The Public Authority for Sport is always supportive of all kinds of sporting events. We are happy and welcome all these champions to Kuwait. We wish them success,” he pointed out.
Lavinia Cavallero, Vice President H2O Racing, noted that this is the first time a race is being held outside Europe after the pandemic. “After the race on Saturday, the new world champion 2020/2021 will be announced, as this will be the final stage of the championship”. Mohammad Al-Zanki, President of Water Sports Club, said seven Kuwaitis are participating in this year’s championship along with participants from 27 countries.
Raimondo Di San Germano, GM, H2O Racing, praised the great organization of this event, expressing his satisfaction over the previous race held in Kuwait, expecting to witness a thrilling contest. Marco Pietrini, Aquabike Race Director, spoke about the details of the race. “On Thursday (today), participants will test the circuit and warm up with their aquabikes in the free practice hours of the morning and get ready for this contest. This will be the qualification session that will define the order of the start time for the first race,” he said.
“Races will start on Friday morning and continue on Saturday, where riders will get points. There will be two sessions – one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The schedules are on the website. The activities will start on Friday at 10:30 am till 12:30 pm, then again from 2:00 pm until 4:30 pm,” Pietrini added.
In the following two days, riders will compete in races called motos. “The motos will give points to the riders that will be valid for the grand prix and for the aquabike world championship. The riders will be divided into two groups. The fastest rider at the end of the race will be the winner of the grand prix”.
Pietrini also explained the slaloms, flags and other information about the race. “The race will be monitored from land and water by referees and judges to ensure the safety of riders, which is our priority, and respect for the rules of UIM. Freestyle riders will be given points by the judges according to UIM rules,” concluded Pietrini.
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NEW DELHI: India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held talks with Dr Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), yesterday in New Delhi. GCC secretary general arrived on his first official visit to India on Tuesday, according to a press release issued by India’s Ministry of External Affairs. Dr Hajraf served as Minister of Finance in Kuwait from December 2017 until December 2019 when he became the Secretary-General of the GCC.
Both officials recalled the historic and friendly India-GCC relations, which have seen robust progress in recent years. They undertook a detailed review of the India-GCC relations and discussed ways to further enhance them. The GCC secretary general lauded the contribution of the Indian community to the Gulf countries and said that GCC wants to be a partner of India in its economic growth.
Jaishankar thanked the GCC countries for taking care of the large Indian diaspora in their countries during the COVID-19 pandemic and medical assistance provided during the second wave in India in April-May 2021. Both leaders expressed satisfaction over India-GCC cooperation in handling the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic. The minister hoped for further easing of restrictions by GCC countries on air travel from India and mutual recognition of vaccination certificates.
The minister and GCC secretary general also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern. The minister congratulated the secretary general for the constructive role being played by GCC in promoting stability and prosperity in the region. Both sides decided to convene the next India-GCC Troika Political Dialogue at an early date.
The last round of the dialogue was held virtually in November 2020. They also agreed to further institutionalize the annual meetings between EAM and GCC Troika by signing an MOU in the coming months. Dr Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf also held discussions with India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal later in the day, the release added.
KUWAIT: Kuwait’s interior ministry confirmed yesterday arresting a person as part of an international operation against suspects who reportedly carried out cyber-attacks in several countries including Kuwait. International investigators said on Monday they had arrested seven people in global raids targeting cyber criminals behind ransomware attacks worth more than half a million euros.
Two people were arrested last Thursday in Romania and another in Kuwait, while three were held in South Korea and one in Poland during the months-long operation dubbed “GoldDust”. The arrests were linked to the Russian-based hacker group REvil, also known as Sodinokibi, and the ransomware group GandCrab, the EU police agency Europol said in a statement.
“Kuwait police arrested a university student aged 21 years as part of an international operation called GoldDust,” The interior ministry said in a press release yesterday, adding that an international collaboration led to the arrest of “a seven-member gang who carried out cyber-attacks in several countries around the world including Kuwait.”
“The Interpol sent information of a person who used an account on social media to operate as a member of the gang which had activity” in Kuwait and 16 other countries, it added. Detectives were able to identify the account’s holder; a 21-year-old Asian resident and were able to locate him. “Several computers containing malware and a large number of fake emails were found” in the suspect’s apartment, the ministry said, adding that the suspect confessed to committing numerous hackings “for several years”. All seven detainees were apprehended at the same time following coordination between authorities in the countries of arrest, the ministry further noted.
The global police body Interpol and EU judicial agency Eurojust were also involved in the operation. “Suspected of about 7,000 infections, the arrested affiliates asked for more than 200 million euros in ransom,” the Europol statement said. The two Romanians alone were responsible for around 5,000 infections which pocketed around half a million euros, it added. “All these arrests follow the joint international law enforcement efforts of identification, wiretapping and seizure of some of the infrastructure used by Sodinokibi/REvil ransomware family,” it said.
Ransomware is an increasingly lucrative form of digital hostage-taking in which hackers encrypt victims’ data and then demand money for restored access. REvil, a group of Russian-speaking hackers, are prolific perpetrators blamed for a series of high-profile cyberattacks. It is said to be a successor organization of GandCrab.
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KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Health Minister Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah visited yesterday the new Farwaniya Hospital as part of an approach to follow-up on the ministry’s development projects. This visit comes as part of the ministry’s keenness on achieving the goals of Kuwait vision 2035 in providing modern clinical services, said the ministry in a statement.
This hospital project is considered an integrated medical edifice that provides all medical services, both diagnostic and therapeutic, and is provided with the latest medical equipment to enhance the medical sector in Kuwait. The total space of construction is 423,000 square meters, including 955 beds, 233 intensive care units, 318 clinics, 156 dental clinics, 31 operation rooms and 1,400 parking spaces. – KUNAHealth Minister Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah is seen during the tour.
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KUWAIT: The newly formed Kuwait Equestrian Federation (KEF) announced the launch of the 2021-22 showjumping league, which kicks off tomorrow including eight local competitions. The league, which ends in April 2022, will begin with a two-day competition for the beginners, intermediate and advanced classes at Kuwait Riding Center, with similar events hosted by the Hunting and Equestrian Club and Messila Equestrian Club.
The federation, established early this year, has prepared an ambitious plan to raise the levels of the sport, preparing Kuwaiti riders for international participations, KEF Secretary Nabila Al-Ali told a press conference. To this effect, KEF has enlisted the help of Switzerland’s Olympic silver-medalist Markus Fuchs, tying him down to a contract for the training of Kuwait’s up-and-coming riders for future international competitions, according to board member Ali Al-Kharafi. – KUNA
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DOHA: Kuwait’s fourth master plan for the year 2040, which could be considered a great leap for the country, was revealed by head of the department responsible for updating master plans at Kuwait Municipality Sulieman Al-Rashed yesterday. Rashed stated on the sideline of 57th conference of International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) for the year 2021 that the new master plan divides the country into four regions. The four regions will be in the north, the west, the south and the forth, which is the main region, is the urban area of six already existing governorates.
Rashed added that he will be focusing on the southern border area, bordering Saudi Arabia, while giving workshop for GCC master plans, as it includes residential development and supports industrial expansion. He projected that the southern border area development will be in three economic sectors, advanced manufacturing, agriculture, and coastal tourism.
He indicated that this will provide adequate job opportunities for residents, as it is expected that their numbers will surpass 500,000 by 2040.He clarified that industrial investment will mark a huge economic jump within the next two decades, as well as investments in oil, gas and added-value chain, adding that industrialization will comprise around 35 percent of expected rise in employment.
Rashed stated that agricultural activities will have strong presence in the area especially with increased investment in food security. However, expected rise in employment will be relatively low; around 1,500 jobs or less than two percent of total growth, he said. As for coastal tourism, Rashed expected that it would increase employment, and wholesale and retail trade as the sectors of hospitality and tourism would comprise 30 percent of expected rise in employment within next two decades. Participating in the conference are 350 persons from all over the world, 150 of whom participating remotely, and it handles matters of international planning, architectural strategies and other related topics. – KUNA
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KUWAIT: In line with its commitment to provide all sorts of support to young Kuwaiti entrepreneurs, National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) extended its sponsorship of Sadan Soccer Academy for two years. This comes as part of NBK’s efforts to promote public health and the practice of sports activities, underscoring its commitment towards delivering on its social responsibility and striving to achieve sustainable development.
Sadan Football Academy located in Adailiya provides education and training sessions including all the basics of football for children aged 3 to 13 years, through a highly professional team of international coaches, and is managed by a group of young Kuwaiti entrepreneurs.
On this occasion, Mohamed Al-Othman, GM – Consumer Banking Group at National Bank of Kuwait said: “We seek to provide the necessary support to promising young Kuwaiti entrepreneurs, with whom NBK has a partnership relationship from the beginning of their business journey by encouraging them and providing the required solutions and expertise for the success of their business.”
“We always strive to provide sponsorship and create partnerships with leading institutions in all fields, in line with NBK’s commitment to deliver on its responsibility towards all segments of society, especially the youth, and to enrich our customers’ banking experience,” he added.
Othman stressed that NBK is keen to promote and raise awareness on the importance of practicing sports and following a healthy lifestyle, in line with its leading strategy to achieve sustainability. It is worth mentioning that National Bank of Kuwait has a leading position and plays a vital role in supporting private sector enterprises in Kuwait in the areas of social and economic sustainability and entrepreneurship. The bank is also committed to maintain this role and boost its noticeable impact in providing the necessary support to develop entrepreneurship and creativity among youth and all national cadres.
KUWAIT: The Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) has signed a two-year collaboration agreement with the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Representing ACK, the agreement signed by the President, Prof Isam Zabalawi, and on LSE behalf, David Coombe, Director of Research and Innovation. The agreement intends to create mixed-methods study of attitudes towards the use and purchase of electric vehicles in Kuwait.
Every year, the Middle East Center of London School of Economics awards funding towards innovative projects submitted from various educational and research institutions in the country. This year, the proposal submitted by Dr Andri Ottesen, Assistant Professor of Management at ACK, concerning ‘Breaking the ICE reign: a mixed-methods study of attitudes towards using and purchasing EVs in Kuwait’, was one of the two proposals that won the bid for funding.
The project will take place under the supervision and leadership of Dr Ottesen along with Dr Alasdair Jones, Associate Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology at LSE. Split into many operation phases, the project will include capturing the experience of existing electric vehicle owners in Kuwait and their perceptions of the future of electric vehicles in Kuwait, outlooks of electric vehicle sales from the perspectives of automobile dealers, also, capturing prior knowledge and attitude towards electric vehicles from general vehicle owners.
In addition, to host decision makers and authorities in the field of ground transport to understand precisely their vision of mass electric vehicle adoption and their objective towards a sustainable Kuwait for 2035. After the conclusion of the study, ACK is planning to host a conference inviting related stakeholders and researchers in the electric vehicle market in order to discuss the findings of the study along with the challenges facing the industry and implementation of technology in Kuwait.
Highlighting the importance of the research for the future of Kuwait, Dr Ottesen noted that the project can help build the expertise needed in order to help lower carbon dioxide emissions and benefit the environment in Kuwait and the world. He added: “We are trying to make a small step for a better world.”
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KUWAIT: Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) announced positive financial results this year. “Great efforts by the management resulted in achieving profits of KD 5 million in September 2021, while losses of KD 3 million were expected. Compared to the pre-pandemic period, KAC registered losses of KD 10 million in September 2019. Now we are expecting that results in October 2021 will be positive as well, which means that we are on the right path to reach our goals,” KAC Chairman Ali Al-Dakhan said during a press conference yesterday, which was also attended by CEO Ma’an Razouqi and other directors.
“We are working on reaching the budget breakeven point, and to achieve this goal, we are working on the acquisition of a larger share of passengers by upgrading our services and focusing more on passenger comfort. This includes all our services at T4 terminal – from when they enter the terminal until boarding their flights,” he added.
“We know the requirements of our passengers and what difficulties they face during their trip. Passengers have a full right to demand excellent services, and we are obliged to provide it at a top level. We work hard to make their journey on KAC a pleasant and comfortable one. For this reason, KAC has formed a special ‘customer service committee’, which seeks to develop better services to meet the expectations of our passengers. We have also set up special numbers for customers to communicate through our social media channels,” stated Dakhan.
Renewing the KAC fleet is a priority. “We are currently working with Airbus on modifying some of our aircraft booked in 2014. This will allow KAC to modify its operational and marketing plans that suit our future needs. KAC will now have a new fleet that will help the national carrier to attain growth and profitability. We hope that Airbus will meet our demands, especially since we are doing business with them since the early 1980s,” he said.
The aviation industry has faced many difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic, especially the tourism sector. “All airlines were affected and KAC was one of them. A new board of directors was appointed during the pandemic, and in the first year, we faced many obstacles. The most significant was the operational challenges during the coronavirus pandemic and finding new ways to improve and develop KAC’s performance to bring it back to its peak,” Dakhan explained.
KAC is one of the few airlines in the world that didn’t receive any financial support during the coronavirus pandemic. “The company faced many obstacles, including suspending commercial flights for many months before resuming operations gradually at 30 percent capacity,” he noted. This led to cutting a number of flights, which led to a hike in fares to cover the cost of flights. “Passengers complained about the hike, which lasted till this month, when the airport began to function at full capacity after the efforts and cooperation of officials from the Directorate General for Civil Aviation,” stressed Dakhan.
“The operations and support sectors were also affected by the retirement of many experienced staff, who benefited from privatization law no. 6/2008. So we had to set up a new structure that suited our new size. This needed huge efforts from the new board of directors to set new principles for administrative, operational and technical works,” he concluded.
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KUWAIT: Kuwait’s real estate market witnessed a “noticeable rebound” during the third quarter of this year, particularly in the investment and residential sectors as well as a rise in demand for sea chalets, recovering from the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic, experts said. However, commercial and industrial sectors as well as farmlands are still suffering from temporarily stagnation mainly due to high prices of lease contracts and electricity as well as lack of some services, they said.
The experts, in statements to KUNA, expected the real estate market to recover by the beginning of next year. This might be driven by economic incentives to be discussed by the National Assembly during its current session, which will positively impact economic sectors, including real estate. Ahmad Al-Duwaihees, Secretary General of the Real Estate Union, said the residential sector witnessed a rise in supply, but sales were minimal.
Duwaihees expected prices to recover in 2022 following the introduction of economic incentives which would support the investment sector that was devastated by the pandemic, as operation costs were higher than occupancy. He added prices in the commercial sector were “inflated and overrated in most areas”.
Abdulaziz Al-Dughaishem of Al-Dughaishem Real Estate Agency noted that supply outstripped demand for sea chalets in Khairan. He said the investment sector started recovering with a rise in demand, which showed that the economic cycle has returned to normal. Emad Haidar, Deputy Chairman of the Brokers Union, confirmed investment and commercial sectors are recovering from the impact of COVID-19.
He expected the local market to witness a remarkable improvement with the full reopening of Kuwait International Airport, which will boost demand for private houses in Hawally, Salmiya and Farwaniya. Kuwait Finance House said in a recent report that real estate transactions in the second quarter of 2021 amounted to KD 1.1 billion ($3.6 billion), 15 percent higher than the previous quarter, which registered KD 929 million ($2.9 billion). – KUNA
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KUWAIT: The State of Kuwait is pressing ahead to execute the seven pillars of its New Kuwait Vision 2035 with the objective of transforming the north Arab Gulf state into a financial, commercial and cultural hub. One of the major projects in the vision was the development of the Sulaibikhat Bay and Jahra Sea Front, or Jahra Corniche, all within the 6th pillar of ‘Sustainable Diversified Economy’ with a total cost of KD 2 billion ($6.5 billion). The government plans to offer these projects to the private sector and market them internationally with the aim of adding a new tourist destination through development of Kuwait Bay and providing a sea front which consists of entertainment and commercial facilities.
A full-fledged plan will be put in place to develop the 38-kilometer-long Sulaibikhat Bay, stretching from the Free Trade Zone in Shuwaikh to Umm Al-Namel Island west of Kuwait City, and rehabilitate the marine environment. The KD 1.5 billion ($4.9 billion) project is expected to improve the environment, offer recreational activities, provide 6,000 housing units, create up to 64,000 jobs and up to 5,400 rooms in resorts and hotels.
The 7.3-kilometer-long Jahra Corniche, meanwhile, will be connecting Jaber Al-Ahmad Area with Kuwait Bay. The KD 500 million ($1.6 billion) project will be located between West of Doha Station to borders of Jahra Natural Reserve, and aimed at creating a balance between environment on one side and establishing touristic and commercial facilities on the other. The infrastructure of the Jahra Corniche will cost KD 135 million ($447 million), and the area would include a sport academy, shops, restaurants, fishermen village, playgrounds for children and a designated path for cyclists, in addition to creating 11,519 job opportunities. The Corniche will include a mall and a traditional museum.
Humoud Al-Enezi, Municipal Council member, said the Council was executing the government’s development plans in general and the two aforementioned projects in specific. Enezi said Kuwait Municipality already signed consultation contracts of the two projects, and did preliminary environmental and feasibility studies to pave way for the outlines.
Elaborating on the two projects, Al-Enezi said the Sulaibikhat Bay would encourage healthy lifestyle, while the Jahra Corniche would consist of a special hotel for athletes, an academy, a spa resort, a bird observatory and an aquarium. “These projects are part of opening the economy and to have a maximum benefit from distinguished locations in the country through partnership with the private sector, create new jobs, boosting income and supporting national economy,” he said. – KUNA
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KUWAIT: Gulf Bank is launching its much anticipated ‘Gulf Bank 642 Marathon’ for the seventh consecutive year in recognition of the Marathon’s integral role in the local community. As a mark of Gulf Bank’s commitment to enhancing community sustainability, the bank has also renewed its contract with event partner Suffix Sports Management for the next three years. The beloved community event is back this year both in virtual and in-person versions, inviting challenge-seeking athletes as well as beginners to participate in Kuwait’s only accredited race on November 20, 2021.
Commenting on the annual event, Ahmad Al-Amir, Assistant General Manager of Corporate Communications at Gulf Bank, said: “We have cooperated with Suffix for seven years now, and we are very confident in their excellent performance and management of one of the most important sporting events in Kuwait. We are pleased to renew this strategic partnership with them for the next three years. We are also incredibly excited to announce that the Gulf Bank 642 Marathon is back, bigger and better than ever before! After a two year-long hiatus from in-person marathons, and we are looking forward to welcoming back our returning runners and meeting new participants!”The Gulf Bank and Suffix Sports Management teams in a group photo.
Ahmad Al-Huzami, CEO of Suffix Sports Management, said: “We are proud to extend our partnership with Gulf Bank for the seventh year in a row. The Gulf Bank 642 Marathon is more than a local sporting activity – it is a community event that everyone looks forward to, year after year. We are very proud to renew our partnership with Gulf Bank for the next three years, and look forward to carrying out a marathon that keeps raising the bar for sporting events in the region. We are excited to see what Gulf Bank has in store, and can’t wait to work together to set and exceed new standards of excellence for years to come.”
It is worth noting that Gulf Bank’s 642 Marathon has placed Kuwait on the map for international sporting events. As the only road race in Kuwait to have received accreditation from the World Athletics Label Road Races, the marathon acts as a qualifying race for international marathons.
Last year, Gulf Bank wrapped up a special virtual edition of its Gulf Bank 642 Marathon, in which contestants had the opportunity to participate over the period of a month from all around the world. The “Special Edition” virtual race attracted the participation of over 1,037 contestants from 18 countries, and was held in recognition of the role that exercise plays in enhancing both our mental and physical wellbeing. By implementing creative technological solutions, Gulf Bank was able to successfully organize and carry out the annual marathon known and beloved by the local and international community.
Gulf Bank offers a distinct model for sustainability programs, implementing both internal and community-led initiatives year-round. Gulf Bank is committed to maintaining a robust Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) social responsibility program, heading various educational initiatives throughout the year that have a sustainable impact on the lives of youth and society.
Gulf Bank’s vision is to be the leading Kuwaiti Bank of the Future. The Bank is constantly engaging and empowering its employees as part of an inclusive and diversified workplace in recognition of every employee’s role in delivering customer excellence and serving the community at large. With its extensive network of branches and innovative digital services, Gulf Bank is able to give its customers the choice of how and where to conduct their banking transactions, all while ensuring a simple and seamless banking experience.
Gulf Bank is committed to maintaining a robust sustainability program at the community, economic, and environmental levels through sustainability initiatives that are strategically selected to benefit both the country and the Bank. Moreover, the Bank supports Kuwait Vision 2035 “New Kuwait” and works with various relevant parties to achieve this vision. For event registration and more information regarding participation as a corporate or in groups, please visit www.gulfbank642marathon.com or access the marathon’s dedicated Instagram account @GulfBank642.
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DOHA: Five Kuwaiti inventors representing Kuwait Scientific Club will present their innovations to the Challenge and Innovation Forum (CIF), held in Doha, with participation of 100 inventors from 38 countries. Inventor Hussain Bumajdad will participate with a device to open doors used in case of emergency, while Shaikha Al-Majed will show a writing pen for blind people. Moreover, Adel Al-Wasees will present a cool steam watering system, while Farah Al-Mutawa participates with a system that protects boats in cases of fire, drowning and accidents, in addition to Salman Al-Otaibi who will present a portable washing machine.
In a statement to the press, member of the Board of Directors of the Kuwait Scientific Club and head of the delegation Ali Al-Jumaa said the club’s participation in this forum aims to present the distinguished Kuwaiti inventions that have received international certificates from concerned authorities. The participation of the Kuwaiti inventors with 100 young inventors came after selecting them among 6,000 participants, he added.
The Challenge and Innovation Forum (CIF) is considered a unique event in the region. It includes several competitions, events, and interactive science programs aimed at motivating and encouraging inventors, from all over the world, to participate in this huge event. CIF will present several projects that reflect the roles of research, development and innovation in achieving a knowledge-based economy.
The forum will also contribute to directing the attention of the international community to learning more about the latest developments in the fields of innovation and modern technologies. In addition, to provide an opportunity to get acquainted with several participations and achievements of the youth. – KUNA
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KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received yesterday a written letter from Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, including good brotherly ties between both countries and an invitation to His Highness the Amir to attend FIFA Arab Cup 2021 opening ceremony due late this month in Doha. The letter was delivered by Qatari Ambassador to Kuwait Ali Bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud to Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Sabah. – KUNA
DOHA: The State of Kuwait is keen on applying sustained urban development principles on city planning, a visiting official of the Gulf state has affirmed. The affirmation of this approach was declared by the Undersecretary of Kuwait’s Municipality and member of a team specialized in designing united strategy for architectural planning in Gulf countries Saad Al-Muhilby yesterday.
Muhilby stated on the sidelines of the 57th conference of International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) for the year 2021, that applying comprehensive urban planning measures aims to develop adaptable cities, able to withstand harsh weather conditions and develop policies to ease environmental challenges such as pollution and global warming. He added that architectural planning deals with multipurpose technologies, rapid changes and sudden challenges.
Muhilby touched on Kuwait’s interest in applying architectural policies and managing operations in field of comprehensive planning, and transforming its cities to ecofriendly cities. Muhilby stated that architectural development aims to preserve the authenticity of Kuwaiti identity in architecture by integrating heritage with creativity, and utilizing the unique ecosystem. He pointed out that the conference, with promise of (new times .. better places .. stronger societies), aims to facilitate the exchange of expertise and ideas, and to attain a better future for people in people-friendly cities.
Muhilby stated that the conference sheds light on the necessity of carving a new path and developing creative methods, in order to build better places for local communities. He also said that it aims to strengthen new urban principles in regards to health, luxury, and lessons learned from the pandemic.
On Kuwait’s participation in the conference, Muhilby commented that a work sheet with Kuwait’s organizational structure will be presented today during the discussions session. The session will be attended by GCC representatives specialized in executing united architectural strategy for member states. It will also be discussing border areas and future development opportunities.
The conference, taking place in Doha, was launched yesterday and will last until Nov 11. Participating in it are 350 persons from all over the world, 150 of whom participating remotely, and it handles matters of international planning, architectural strategies and other related topics. Representing Kuwait, in addition to Muhilby, is administration of coordination chief Jassim Al-Habib and head of the planning department Suleiman Al-Rashed. – KUNA
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KUWAIT: The International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) elected Head of the Radiation Physics Department at the Kuwait Cancer Control Center Dr Meshari Al-Nuaimi to head the Middle East Federation of Medical Physics (MEFOMP), becoming the first Kuwaiti to occupy this position. Dr Nuaimi said yesterday that MEFOMP aims to improve the quality of medical physics practices in the field of diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy to keep pace with the continuous progress in this field in the countries of the Middle East.
MEFOMP is a non-governmental, non-profit professional and scientific organization that was established by IOMP in 2009 to build a cooperation network between specialists in the field of medical physics that includes these countries: Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan and Iraq, Al-Nuaimi explained. Dr Nuaimi received the annual Excellence Award 2021 from IOMP. This selection and honor shows the scientific and professional confidence in Kuwaiti expertise as well as their progress in this field at regional and international levels. – KUNA