In GCC Countries, Waste Water Challenges

A piece of news that almost passed unnoticed a couple of days back was about Kuwait confronting like everyone around in the GCC countries, its own waste water challenges. It has decided to set up a new ‘green’ treatment plant.  It was all over the local and regional media. Indeed, and according to a Trade Arabia citing a report, the Kuwaiti authorities suddenly came out with plans to develop a new eco-friendly treatment plant.
It is planned for the area south of Al Mutalaa district of Kuwait and will have a capacity of about 400,000 m³ a day. Here are some excerpts of the local press.

The MENA region on the morning of 11/9

Donald Trump’s win would mean for the MENA region on the morning of 11/9, among many things support for the security of Iraq as per the previous understanding between Baghdad and Washington previous agreements. An Iraqi official was quoted as saying that the Republican policy will go on the same way under the new US President.
Now regarding the United States’ policy on the Gulf countries, the same official added that he does not expect a radical change in the relationships between the US and the Gulf States before adding that Donald Trump is familiar with these and that the GCCs have an active money lobby in Washington.

There is however Kuwait, that concerned by Iraq’s probable inability to meet its 2018 target compensation payments because of its current expensive military campaign against ISIL and the current low oil prices, has expressed its “desire and readiness” to start consultations with Iraq over the remaining reparations for the country’s 1990 invasion, that was estimated at $4.6bn.
Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) cited Khaled Al-Mudhaf, chairman of the Public Authority for Assessment of Compensation as saying the country was ready to discuss the issue through the UN Compensation Commission (UNCC). . . . .

Quest for a ‘Smart’ City

How do we keep air clean, our carbon footprint low, the population healthy and the environment ‘green’? Queried E&T in their Quest for a ‘Smart’ City definition has exposed the damning evidence of energy and environmental dangers . . .
A rapidly growing global population means that we will need to exploit a space’s potential, whether it is taller sustainable buildings, innovative waste management, or better renewable processes. One of the biggest priorities when creating a smart city is to keep it eco-friendly and for us to work towards a cleaner, greener future.

Kuwait close to 55° Celsius, Iraq @ 53.9°C . . .

Sizzling Temperatures, outdoor Climatisation and Air Conditioning have always been quite a Dilemma for the Gulf Countries. With a view to know more about the Ozone Layer, successive symposiums have always been organized throughout the Gulf countries taking the Refrigerants; Challenges & Prospects in High-Ambient Temperature Countries as topics of discussions. Published by Emirates 24/7 on Monday, July 25, 2016, an article by Bindu Rai gives us a pertinent image of the area of the GCC countries and the prevailing temperatures such as Kuwait close to 55° Celsius, Iraq @ 53.9°C . . . and (im)possible rain for UAE?

Hot winds, haze to shroud UAE; highs of 49 degrees Celsius with humidity climbing to 85 per cent in parts

The hot and hazy weather that . . .

GCC’s Expatriates Remittances Tax

Representatives to discuss tax on expat remittances . . . Arab News 2016  reported that the Consultative (Shoura) Council of Saudi Arabia was expected to have a discussion last Sunday on a proposed tax on expatriate remittances.  The proposal from the Council’s finance committee had been drafted by a member of the committee, according to the […]

Kuwait’s future beyond oil.

Achieving a diversified economy by investing in non-oil sectors is today a strategic imperative for Kuwait. The oil and gas sectors accounting for about 60% of the country’s GDP and 95% of the export revenues, the country is estimated to close its fiscal year ending 31 March with a deficit of $12.8 billion or 10% […]

Kuwait is to cut the number of its expatriate teachers

Eleanor Dickinson reports in Gulf business (30th December 2015) that Kuwait is to cut the number of its expatriate teachers by 25 percent by the next school year. She was quoting a senior official as foreign workers teaching ‘social studies’ subjects are to be given three months notice at the beginning of next September in an effort […]