Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hike in electricity and water tariffs

Kuwait has been considering for a long time to cut down on subsidiaries, so as to put ease on its revenue structure which predominantly depends on crude oil sales. Many moves have been made in this regard. For example, On 1st April 1999 Kuwait introduced KD 1 fees for government health clinic visits and KD 2 fees for government hospital visits; these fees were for meeting with the doctors and also included for basic medicines & lab tests (Ministry of Health - Ministerial Decision 392/1999). Previously, no charges were levied.

One of the moves that garnered a lot of attention was the Fuel price hike. Naturally the Petrol (Premium, Super and Ultra) prices hike had a lot of hue and cry compared to previously subsidiary removal of Diesel and Kerosene which shot from 55 fils to 170 fils (Currently at 105/110 fils - Market value fluctuations; each month revision based on international crude oil prices). Petrol prices were hiked from 60 fils to 85 fils for Premium, 65 fils to 105 fils for Super and90 fils to 165 fils for Ultra but later brought down to 150 fils.  (Council of Minister decision 32/2016) These prices are not subsidiary removal prices as they would be more higher at 160 fils and onward. Citizens of Kuwait have a monthly ration/account of Petrol which is given for free after which they will be charged the market price (started with 75 litres and now increase to 100 litres). Similarly some sectors and industries avail the subsidised rate (55 fils) of diesel and kerosene; for example Kerosene for government related bakeries for the Tandoori/Afghani/Irani Kabous/Roti. Also agricultural sector avail similar diesel subsidy.

At the same time period, the Council of Ministers had passed the decision for reduction in subsidy towards electricity and water on 16th May 2016 (Council of Ministers' decision no 20/2016). The implementation of the decision is to take effect in 4 stages giving time for all sectors of Kuwait to implement rationalisation and efficient methods in terms of electricity and water usage by reducing wastage like applying more LED lights.

Stages of implementation of new electricity and water tariffs.
  1. 22nd May 2017 (22/05/2017) - Commercial Sectors
  2. 22nd August 2017 (22/08/2017) - Investment Sectors
  3.  22nd November 2017 (22/11/2017) - Government Sectors
  4. 22nd February 2018 (22/02/2018) - Industrial, Agricultural Farms and rest of the sectors.
All Investments sectors (Apartment buildings and Residential homes) will be paying from 22nd August 2017. All the public Sector (government related properties) will start paying from 22nd November 2017. The last but least, Chalets (beach houses), Farms (Agricultural or Poultry) and Stables (For horses or other types of Animals) from 22nd February 2018. All Commercial establishments (Malls, shops or Office buildings) are already paying since 22nd May 2017.

NOTE (for Residential and Apartment buildings)
The amount to pay for Electricity is 5 fils per unit (1 KW) and for Water KD 2 per 1000 Gallon of Water. (uniform units throughout the month/year)

Following are the modes of Payment and enquiry for electricity and water related matters:

1. Download the App on Google Playstore or Iphone Itunes Appstore.

Name of App: MEW-CAS created by MEW-CAS
Languages available: Arabic and English
Once you download, you just need to choose the consumer type (Residential), Enter Civil Id and enter Meter Number. 
You can load a photo of the meter reading (if you want),
Enter the meter reading and then you can make payment using KNET. (sometimes you may have to wait for 15 minutes after entering Meter reading for system to update)

2. You can also make meter reading updates and payments on the website www.mew.gov.kw
You can make payments (if KNET is not available) at the MEW consumer affairs offices that are available in each area (Once you have updated the meter reading)

3. Official Social Media accounts for MEW Consumer Affairs for Meter Reading and updates.
Instagram: @consumerservics https://www.instagram.com/consumerservics/
Twitter: @consumerservics https://twitter.com/consumerservics
Whatsapp: 98760001, 98760002, 98760003, 98760004, 98760005, 98760006

4. Go to the nearest electrical offices near to the area you reside between 8am till 1:45pm (Official Working hours)

Information to keep handy:
  1. Civil Identity Number of Registered User
  2. Meter Reading of Electricity or Water (Better if you have a photo or on smartphone)
  3. Meter Number or Premises Number 
  4. PACI Number of Flat and Building (Public Authority for Civil Information)
MEW Consumer Affairs Tweet about reading Meters. Photo Courtesy to MEW @ConsumerServics.

Electricity Meter Reading with Meter Number. Photo Courtesy to MEW @ConsumerServics.

Water Meter Reading with Meter Number. Photo Courtesy to MEW @ConsumerServics.

Just for information.
Previous price of electricity was 2 fils per unit (1 KW) and 800 fils per 1000 Gallons (imperial) of Water.
Without Subsidy, Electricity would be 28 Fils upto 40 fils per unit (1 KW) AND water would be KD 10 to KD 12 per 1000 gallons (imperial).

Sources
  • Council of Ministers' Decision 20/2016
  • Minister of Electricity and Water Circular 3/2017
  • Minister of Electricity and Water Circular 20/2017
  • Council of Ministers' Decision 48/2005


Council of Minister Decision 20/2016 Pg 1

Council of Minister Decision 20/2016 Pg 2

Council of Minister Decision 20/2016 Pg 3

Minister's Circular 2/2017  Pg 1

Minister's Circular 2/2017  Pg 2

Minister's Circular 28/2017 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Kuwait HAS: Trampoline Park - SkyZone & Trampo Extreme

Sky Zone & Trampo Extreme Logo. Photo Courtesy to them
A much needed physical activity for the people of Kuwait that too indoor has made its presence - Indoor Trampoline Park. Right now 2 brands are operating with a total of 5 venues (Sky Zone 1 and Trampo Extreme with 4). Sky Zone recently started operating (around 2 months) and Trampo Extreme has been operating for over 2 years. Trampoline is not the only thing going on for these places, but climbing, jumping and many more.
SKY ZONE
Photo Courtesy to Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Sky Zone Trampoline Park is located in Al-Rai Area and has a good set of parking available. It is large venue with over 10 courts and 3 chambers for Parties which can be utilized.
Photo Courtesy to Sky Zone Kuwait
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
Instagram: skyzonekuwait
Google Maps: CLICK HERE
More Photos at the end of the post.


TRAMPO EXTREME
Tampo Extreme has been around and is an established fun place for kids and adults alike. The locations for the 4 places are as follows:

  • The Promenade Mall, Hawally
  • Discovery Mall
  • Murouj - 6th Ring Road (Sabhan)
  • Marina Mall
Online booking for some of the locations are available while the others can be made by going in person. CLICK HERE for the website (https://www.trampo.com/). 
Instagram: TrampoOfficial
Facebook: TrampoOfficial
Snapchat: TrampoOfficial
Post written about Trampo Extreme by 248am - CLICK HERE
Article written about Khaleejesque - CLICK HERE

IMAGES for SKY ZONE
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SuperCon Kuwait 2017

Logo - Photo Courtesy to SuperCon
It is a comics and arts convention with special guest themes, anniversaries and programming. The event was made for specific audience to insure maximum enjoyment.

This event features a dealer’s room competitions, film screening, audience programs, panels, games and more. (Quote from SuperCon)
Another great opportunity for the people in Kuwait to enjoy yet another convention taking place at the end of the month of August 2017, SuperCon. Taking place at Hawally Park over a period of 3 days consisting of Cosplay Contests, Video game competition, meeting various popular voice actors and many more events.
Venue plan - Photo Courtesy to SuperCon
Even some of the booths are available at this moment, whatsapp 65571776. (CLICK HERE to check out available booths)
Snapchat: superconkw
Instagram: superconkw 
Website: CLICK HERE
Date: 24/08/2017 till 26/08/2017
Venue: Hawally Park
Cosplay & Video Games Contest - Photo Courtesy to SuperCon
Activities:
  • Cosplay contest.
  • HTC VIVE (Virtual Reality)
  • Video games contests
  • Arcade
  • Anime karaoke room
  • Selfie box
  • Roller Skating
  • 9DVR System
  • Artchy
  • Mechanical Bull Riding
Voice Actors - Photo Courtesy to SuperCon
Guests of honor:
  • Queeno Fluna
  • Carolina Revassa
  • Anjali Bhimani
  • Chloe Hollings
  • Lucie Pohl
  • Tarek AlArabi Tourgan
  • Sami Clark
  • Guy Gilchrist
  • Jimmy Mulligan
Voice Actors - Photo Courtesy to SuperCon
Date of Event: 24/08/2017 till 26/08/2017
Timings: 1 pm till 11 pm.
Venue: Hawally Park, Kuwait
Tickets Prices:
  • 3.5 KD for 1 Day.
  • 5 KD for 3 Days.
  • 25 KD for the VIP tickets.

Voice Actors - Photo Courtesy to SuperCon
Venue Coordinates: 
Latitude: 29.3408122
Longitude: 48.0221341
Lat,Long: 29.3408122,48.0221341
DMS (Degrees, Minutes, Seconds)
Latitude: 29° 20' 26.924" N
Longitude: 48° 1' 19.682" E


CLICK HERE for Link to Google Maps
Previous related Post.
CLICK HERE to check out this year's Cosplayer HQ 2017 post.
CLICK HERE to check out this year's GX/KBR 2017 post.
CLICK HERE to check out last year's GX/KBR 2016 post.
CLICK HERE to check out this year's COMIC CON 2017 KUWAIT post.
CLICK HERE to check out one of the first Cosplay contest conducted in Kuwait post.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cosplayers HQ starts Today

Photo courtesy of CosplayersHQ
Another amazing event starts today(3 day event), CosplayersHQ event.
Instagram CLICK HERE
Use HASHTAG
#CHQ
#CHQ2017
#CosplayersHQ
#CosplayersHQ2017

This 3 day event, has many indoor activities like Cosplay Fashion Show and Competition, Music show, PS4 games, Photo Scavenger Hunt, Workshop, Best Toy photo and many Stage activities. Also many outdoor activities like Light Lantern, Sumo, Walk through Maze, write a memory, Giant Jenga, Tic Tac Toe, connection 4 and gladiator tournament.

Please take necessary precautions as high temperatures & hot winds are expected. Please cooperate & help each other out if you find someone in distress; to make this event a memorable experience.
Photo Courtesy of CosplayersHQ
Date of the event: June 29- 30 and July 1 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Timing: 3 pm till 11 pm
Venue: Kuwait Science Club Tent, Zahra Area, South Surra.
(Next to 360 Mall and 6th Ring Road)
Plenty of Parking Space available on front and back sides.
Venue Coordinates: 29°16'05.8"N 47°59'59.1"E (29.268277, 47.999757)
Venue Link: https://goo.gl/maps/XXhmi3p33w22
The bus stop is the 360 mall Bus stop or for Taxi reference - Take the right at 360 Mall Entryway OR Follow the Kuwait Science Club board (Go straight at the roundabout).
Photo Courtesy to CosplayersHQ
Tickets are necessary for the 3-day event. KD 5 is the cost for the 3 day ticket pass. Enjoying the maze (Plan B maze) will cost a little more.
Photo Courtesy of CosplayersHQ
The schedules for the 3 days event is out. Have a look into it as many invited chief guests are coming including some popular Cosplayers - Jem (LittleJem Cosplay - CLICK HERE) and  Leon Chiro (CLICK HERE) and many more.
Photo Courtesy of CosplayersHQ
Kuwait has been really pulling off some amazing events in Kuwait like Comicon in the month of March and Fikra GX/KBR and Comfest in April and now CosplayersHQ. Even by the end of the year we will be having the IGN Convention (Trilogy Events)
Comfest - Cosplay Montage. CLICK HERE if the above video does not work


Looking forward to the Outdoor maze challenge.
Photo Courtesy of CosplayersHQ
Schedule for the 3 day events are as follows.
Day 1 - June 29th - Thursday
Day 2 - June 30th - Friday
Day 3 - July 1st - Saturday

SnapChat's Snap Map features has made a good amount of coverage of the event.
Day 1
CLICK HERE if the above video does not work

Day 2
CLICK HERE if the above video does not work

Day 3
CLICK HERE if the above video does not work

How to get to the most happening place
Courtesy of Google Maps

Previous year's Post.
CLICK HERE to check out this year's GX/KBR 2017 post.
CLICK HERE to check out last year's GX/KBR 2016 post.
CLICK HERE to check out this year's COMIC CON 2017 KUWAIT post.
CLICK HERE to check out one of the first Cosplay contest conducted in Kuwait post.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ramadan 2017 - 1438 Working hours

Ramadan 1438 which coincides with May-June 2017 leads to some changes in Kuwait. The working hours of employees for government sector reduces from 35 hours a week to 25 hours a week. On the other hand, for private firms, it is reduced from 48 hours to 36 hours a week. Basically, 2 hours is removed from each day. This is the privilege that the government of Kuwait provides for the people during the month of Ramadan. The official timings for the government sectors are provided by the Assistant Undersecretary for Diwan Affairs and Manpower at the Civil Service Commission (CSC) which are as follows (Based on Circular no 1-2017 dated 23/05/2017):


The following government bodies are functioning from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.
  • Ministry of Justice.
  • Ministry of Public Works.
  • Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Ministry of Communications.
  • Ministry of Education.
  • Ministry of Information.
  • Public Authority for Housing Welfare.
  • Kuwaiti Public Institutions
  • Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources.
  • Public Authority for Youth.
  • Public Authority for Sports.
  • Environment Public Authority.
  • Public Authority for Industry.
  • Public Authority of Minor Affairs.
  • Kuwait General Administration of Customs.
  • Kuwait Fire Service Directorate.
  • Kuwait Credit Bank.
  • Zakat House.
  • Kuwait Municipality.
  • Civil Service Commission.
  • National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters.
  • Ministry of State for Youth Affairs.
Rest of the government bodies will work from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.

Words of caution, the work pace in the month of Ramadan in Kuwait slows down. Also, for the above mentioned times, people will be taking break during the Noon prayers (Zuhr/Dhur) which is around 11:40 am. So one will not find people sitting at the tables between 11:50 am till around 12:15 pm. So one should keep this in mind as one's patience will be tested.
Photo Courtesy to Civil Service Commission Circular No 1-2017
CLICK HERE for previous year's post of Ramadan 2016 Working Hours.
CLICK HERE for previous year's post of Ramadan 2015 Working Hours.
CLICK HERE for previous year's post of Ramadan 2014 Working Hours.

CLICK HERE for previous year's post of Ramadan 2013 Working Hours.

CLICK HERE for previous year's post of Ramadan 1438 - 2017.
Ramadan Prayer Times

Photo Courtesy to The Times - Ramadan Prayer Times

Kuwait Bank Timings announced by Kuwait Banking Association (CLICK HERE for source). The working hours for the employees are 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. While Customer / Client services will be 10 am to 1:30 pm. This was issued by the Kuwait Banking Association which was received from Central Bank of Kuwait.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ramadan 1438 - 2017

The ninth month of the Islamic calendar year, the month of Ramadan is held highly by the Muslims across the world. This month which is given great importance as the Noble and Glorious Quran was first revealed during this month to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). The importance of this event was more reinforced by having this month as the 'Month of fasting'. Also to reinforce a Muslim's Taqwa (God Consciousness), during this month one has to be generous and charitable. Also on a lighter note, it is said that all the divine books revealed to all the messengers were first revealed during the month of Ramadan.(Go Figure).

UPDATE on the exact date will be made after the ANNOUNCEMENT by Moon Sighting Committee.
Saudi Arabia - The High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia announces tomorrow,Friday to be 30th Shaban 1438 as the nascent moon was not sighted. The council observed the nascent moon on 26/05/2017. Therefore, 1st Day of Ramadan to start on Saturday, 27th May 2017.

The Month of Ramadan in Kuwait starts either on Friday 26/05/2017 (Friday) or 27/05/2017 (Saturday) .Since the previous Islamic month of Shaban completes 29 or 30 days is the deciding factor. This year the chances of Shaban being 30 days is high due to the previous month of Rajab being 29 and also based on the scientific astronomical calculations (ASTRONOMICAL not ASTROLOGICAL). In any case, always any decision for the start of any Islamic month can only be made based on the sighting of the Hilal moon (Nascent Crescent of the moon). Any other information made in advance is at best tentative. Wishing everyone a Ramadan Kareem, hoping for all of us to better ourselves as humans (as is the need of the hour).

Muslims fast from Dawn to Sunset.
  • Dawn : the first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise.
  • Sunset : the time in the evening when the sun disappears.
In Kuwait the decision factor for announcing about the sighting of the nascent moon is done by the Hilal moon sighting committee comprising of Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and other key members. This year the committee will be gathering on 25/05/2017 around 7 pm after Maghreb (Sunset) prayers at Kuwait Institute for Judicial & Legal Studies.
Photo Courtesy to the Official Gazette for the State of Kuwait 'Kuwait Al Youm'
In Saudi Arabia, the decision factor is done by the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia.
Twitter Handle of Fatwa Council in Madeenah, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia update:
Moon not sighted on 25/05/2017 - Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Update (26/05/2017)
1st Day of Ramadan on Saturday - 27/05/2017 - Saudi Arabia



CLICK HERE for my post on 'Ramadan 1437 - 2016 & Eid'
CLICK HERE for my post on 'Ramadan 2016 - 1437 Working Hours'.

CLICK HERE for my post on 'Ramadan 1436 - 2015'.
CLICK HERE for my post on 'Ramadan 2015 working hours in Kuwait'.

CLICK HERE for my last year's post 'Ramadan 1435 - 2014'.
CLICK HERE for my last year's post 'Ramadan 2014 working hours'.
CLICK HERE for my last year's post 'Masjids in Ramadan 2014'.

CLICK HERE for my post 'Ramadan 1434 - 2013'.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

GX/KBR 2017 Starts Today (Kuwait Battle Royale/Cosplay/Gaming Expo)

Photo courtesy to FikraKW
Right Here, Right now, GX/KBR 2017 kicks off in Kuwait International Fairgrounds, Hall 5. The 3 day event covers a variety of entertainment from Kuwait Battle Royale to Cosplay contest. Kudos for FIKRA kuwait to pull off yet again another Game and Media Entertainment Expo. Click on the links below to be directed to the schedule lists or the social media accounts which will update you on the current happenings.

3 day schedule of the event: CLICK HERE.
Layout of the Hall 5 at KIF: CLICK HERE.
Kuwait Battle Royale Bracket List: CLICK HERE. (9 Brackets including 2 for Wii U)

USE the Hashtag #GX2017 #KBR2017

Fikra and event Information.
Instagram: CLICK HERE
Facebook: CLICK HERE
Twitter: CLICK HERE
Twitch: CLICK HERE
Snapchat: FikraKW
Website: CLICK HERE
Blog: CLICK HERE
Location: CLICK HERE (29.270933, 48.046258) Also refer map down.

Kuwait Battle Royale consist of games (All the below are Double Elimination matches)
  • Super Smash Bros for Wii U (2 brackets with a total of 43 players)
  • Street Fighter V (2 brackets with a total of 41 players)
  • The King of Fighters XIV ( 1 bracket of 29 players)
  • Mortal Kombat X ( 1 bracket of 26 players)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd ( 1 bracket of 26 players)
  • Dead or Alive 5 ( 1 bracket of 15 players)
  • Blazblue Central Fiction (1 bracket of 16 players)
Videogame Music Show with the US Military Band is a high light feature for Day 1 night.

Previous Posts
CLICK HERE to check out last year's GX/KBR 2016 post.
CLICK HERE to check out this year's COMIC CON 2017 KUWAIT post.
CLICK HERE to check out one of the first Cosplay contest conducted in Kuwait post.