Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Citizenship for foreign wives after 18 Years

Bill proposes citizenship for foreign woman married to a Kuwaiti after 18 years
10 hours ago

KUWAIT CITY, April 16: The Nationality, Passports and Travel Documents Sector of the Ministry of Interior has submitted a draft law to the Interior and Defence Committee of the National Assembly to amend the law granting citizenship to a foreign woman married to a Kuwaiti, reports Al-Jarida daily quoting reliable sources.

The amended law stipulates that a foreign woman married to Kuwait shall be granted the citizenship after 18 years of marriage, provided the husband shows evidence of continued marital ties between them throughout this period.

The sources added that the new law provides the possibility of granting the foreign wife facilities just like a Kuwaiti woman after just three years of marriage. In the meantime, the sources pointed out that the General Department of Nationality and Passports has stressed in its new draft law that the Interior Minister cannot make any exception to the legal period stipulated by the law to grant nationality to the foreign wife of a Kuwaiti, pointing out that the Department has now stopped all transactions of naturalizing the wives of citizens since the issue is now in the Parliament. The sources also explained that the leadership of the General Department of Nationality and Passports, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Lt-Gen Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah, has discussed the new law with members of the Interior and Defense Committee of the National Assembly during more than one session, noting that the members have shown a great understanding of the draft law and promised to include it on the agenda during one of the coming sessions.

It is noteworthy to mention that the law of naturalization of foreign wives of Kuwaitis earlier granted nationality to foreign wives of Kuwaiti husbands after 5 years of marriage. However, it is believed there are many loopholes in the law most notably divorce cases that occur after granting the nationality, which is one of the issues that was discussed with experts of the Ministry of Justice.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Old Al Shaya house has been Demolished

It's always sad when I find out another old Kuwaiti building has been demolished, this time it's the majority of the old Al Shaya Kuwaiti house. I was hoping they might preserve it and turn it into something that the new generations could see but of course greed wins all of the time and it is of course a huge lot of prime land. The only part left was what I thought was a dwaniya but it turns out to be some kind of fashion type business?

I'm sure it won't be long before this part is also demolished, I'm glad I took my kids there once to explore the old house and show them how people lived before modern times. You ca see my post on the house before the demolition here.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Demolished! Ahmadi drive-in is Gone

On my way to Ahmadi today I took a wrong turn and ended up by the old drive-in theater only to watch it being demolished. Yes, another land mark in Kuwait has sadly come to an end. 

I was lucky enough to sneak inside a couple of months ago to take some pictures which you can see here. Little by little every remnant of the past is being torn down as if the people of the country want to forget their past.