Friday, October 17, 2008

8-digit phone nos only from Oct 17

From October 17, only 8-digit numbers (as per new numbering system) are going to be active in Kuwait. Ministry of Communication (MoC) will be updating their system from 2 am to 5 am on Oct 17. So systems will be down. I am sure people have already updated their phoneooks and contact list.

People have to keep in mind that for Dial-up internet users, the 6 digit numbers like 8** *** should be modified by adding 1. Therefore the new modified number is 18** ***.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Petrol prices in Kuwait's Fuel Stations

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A place were Petrol is cheaper that the Packaged Drinking water. Kuwait is a place where one enjoys driving cars because of petrol prices being low compared to other countries. But driving in Kuwait with the current traffic and high vehicle density is a whole different issue!
Currently the Petrol and other fuel prices in the Fuel stations throughout Kuwait are as follows (1 Kuwaiti Dinar, KD = 1000 Fils):
  • Petrol (91 Octane) known as Premium = 60 Fils (KD 0.060) (Available in all the fuel stations in Kuwait).
  • Petrol (95 Octane) known as Super = 65 Fils (KD 0.065) (Also available in all the fuel stations in Kuwait).
  • Petrol (98 Octane) known as Ultra = 90 Fils (KD 0.090) (Available in a few fuel stations).
  • Diesel = 55 Fils (KD 0.055) (This is available on all highways. Not available in Fuel station within Residential areas).(LATEST UPDATE - 31/10/2015 - 110 Fils (KD 0.110))
  • Kerosene = 55 Fils (KD 0.055) (Available in a selected few).(LATEST UPDATE - 31/10/2015 - 110 Fils (KD 0.110))
CLICK HERE to see current Kuwait Fuel Prices (KNPC site)
For the details of which Fuel is available in a fuel station out of the 118 Fuel stations across Kuwait, CLICK HERE.
For the past decade, Petrol in Kuwait is Unleaded. Therefore all the above Petrol mentioned are Unleaded. A decade ago, Kuwait was having Leaded Petrol which was sold at 40 Fils. Kuwait decided to be a little environmental friendly by reducing Lead emissions and shifted to Unleaded Petrol which were 60 Fils. This also helped in increasing the other fuel prices such as Diesel and Kerosene from 20 Fils to 55 Fils.
Also Kuwait has 118 Fuel stations across Kuwait which are active. New ones are coming up as and when required. Example, a fuel station for a newly developed areas or on a long distance highways. The company in charge of providing fuel all over the Kuwait is KNPC (Kuwait National Petroleum Company). The maintenance of the Fuel station have been divided equally among 3 companies : KNPC, Oula and Soor. All the Fuel stations are Automatic and self-service. For Female drivers, helpers (maintenance company employees) are available for re-fueling so they do not need to step out of their vehicles. The payment for the fuel is done at the drive through booth by mentioning the fuel pump number in the comfort of your vehicle. Also lately more number of Fuel stations have started putting up close circuit cameras throughout the station.

UPDATE:(01/01/2015): In Mid October 2014, the Government of Kuwait decided to remove the subsidy on Diesel and Kerosene. The implementation of the price change will take effect from 01/01/2015. After removing of the subsidy price, the fuel price will become 170 fils for both Diesel and Kerosene. The government is still going through the study reports on removal of Subsidy on other utilities like Electricity, Water, Petrol, LPG cylinders and other subsidized products. As of date, none of these have changed.

The government is giving restrictive subsidy. One of the first is the Cooperative Societies Union which asked for diesel and kerosene subsidy with regard to Bakeries so that they can be supplied at the old price of 55 fils. (CLICK HERE for the Arabtimes article and CLICK HERE for the Kuwait Times article.)

UPDATE: (28/01/2015): The Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) announced today that the rate for Diesel and Kerosene will be 110 fils (KD 0.110) each. This decision was made after the subsidies committee at the Ministry of Finance made its decision in light of the developments of current oil prices in the global markets. The price will be applied nation wide from 1st February 2015 (01/02/2015). The committee announced that the future prices of Diesel and Kerosene will be in line with the prices in the global markets and will be revised monthly. (SOURCE: CLICK HERE for KUNA article)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Exact 8 digit phone numbers

The exact range of 7 digit numbers have been mentioned below in ascending order along with the network they belong to. The 8th digit should be prefixed based on the following:
9 should be added to all Zain numbers which belong to MTC (Mobile Telecommunication Company).
6 should be added to all Wataniya numbers which belong to Wataniya Telecom.
2 should be added to all Landline numbers which belong to MoC (Ministry of Communication).
1 should be added to all Commercial numbers that is Hotline 6 digit numbers (This also belongs to MoC).

800000 - 899999 Commercial Numbers 6 digit Hotline numbers
1000000 - 3999999 Landline
4000000 - 4099999 Zain
4100000 - 4399999 Landline
4400000 - 4499999 Zain
4500000 - 5009999 Landline
5010000 - 5029999 Wataniya
5030000 - 5049999 Landline
5050000 - 5099999 Wataniya
5100000 - 5199999 Wataniya
5200000 - 5499999 Landline
5500000 - 5509999 Wataniya
5510000 - 5539999 Landline
5540000 - 5599999 Wataniya
5600000 - 5699999 Landline
5700000 - 5709999 Wataniya
5710000 - 5779999 Landline
5780000 - 5799999 Wataniya
5800000 - 5899999 Wataniya
5900000 - 5999999 Wataniya
6000000 - 7019999 Wataniya
7020000 - 7029999 Zain
7030000 - 7090000 Wataniya
7100000 - 7199999 Zain
7200000 - 7299999 Zain
7300000 - 7399999 Zain
7400000 - 7499999 Zain
7500000 - 7599999 Zain
7600000 - 7699999 Zain
7700000 - 7769999 Wataniya
7780000 - 7799999 Wataniya
7800000 - 7899999 Zain
7900000 - 7999999 Zain
8000000 - 8999999 Landline
9000000 - 9999999 Zain