KUWAIT, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Major oil producer Kuwait
appointed an Islamist lawmaker as oil minister on Monday as part
of a government reshuffle triggered by political tensions,
although the move is unlikely to affect energy policy.
Ali Saleh al-Omair, who replaces Mustapha al-Shamali as oil
minister, is part of a group of Salafi Islamist politicians who
are generally cooperative with the government. He was elected as
a member of parliament in July.
KUWAIT, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Kuwait’s budget surplus narrowed
in the first six months of its fiscal year as spending soared
over 50 percent, partly thanks to increased outlays on public
sector wages, while oil revenues fell, figures from the Finance
The budget surplus for April to September was 10.72 billion
Kuwaiti dinars ($37.9 billion), a Reuters calculation based on
official data showed. That was down 15 percent from 12.65
billion dinars during the same period a year earlier.
KUWAIT, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Ibrahim Dabdoub, one of the
longest-serving bank executives in the world, will retire from
National Bank of Kuwait next year after leading the
Gulf Arab state’s largest commercial lender for three decades.
Dabdoub, who guided the bank through Iraq’s invasion of
Kuwait in 1990-1 as well as a number of local and global
financial crises, leaves the institution as one of the biggest
and most respected lenders in the Middle East.
BAGHDAD, Nov 27 (Reuters) – British lender Standard
Chartered launched banking operations in Iraq on
Wednesday, saying it hoped to benefit from large infrastructure
projects in a country trying to rebuild after years of conflict.
Standard Chartered is one of a small number of foreign banks
with operations in Iraq, which is seeing rapid economic growth
fuelled by oil production but also its worst upsurge in
sectarian violence in at least five years.
BAGHDAD/LONDON (Reuters) – Jewish books and documents found by U.S. soldiers in the flooded headquarters of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and sent to the United States for restoration have touched off a dispute between Baghdad and Iraqi Jews who fled the country.
After a $3 million restoration, the collection has been put on display at the Washington-based National Archives. But bowing to demands from Iraq’s Shi’ite Muslim-led government, the United States says it will return the collection next summer. Some of the artifacts date to the 16th century.
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have been quietly reining in their clerics on concerns that preachers could use their influence to stir up trouble and inflame sectarian divisions at a time of high tension over the crises in Syria and Egypt.
DUBAI/KUWAIT (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have been quietly reining in their clerics on concerns that preachers could use their influence to stir up trouble and inflame sectarian divisions at a time of high tension over the crises in Syria and Egypt.
Authorities in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and home to a powerful conservative clergy, have declined to respond to local media reports in recent months which said nearly 20 clerics had been sacked or suspended.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – A Kuwaiti lawmaker has filed a request to question the prime minister in parliament over housing and graft, in a sign of renewed political discord in the major Gulf oil producer.
The move against Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah, a senior ruling family member, comes just two days after the opening of parliament, where officials have said tackling a shortage of government-funded housing is a priority.
MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain-based Ahli United Bank AUBB.BH (AUB) is looking for acquisitions in its existing markets and in new ones as it tries to build a network across the Middle East, its chief executive said.
Its desire to expand across borders reflects a trend among Gulf banks, which are increasingly outgrowing their home markets. Rising trade and travel among the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are also pushing the region’s banks to become more international.
KUWAIT, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Kuwait, one of the world’s
richest countries per capita, must make tackling a shortage of
government-funded housing its top priority, officials in the
Gulf Arab state said at the opening of parliament on Tuesday.
Accustomed to a welfare state which is generous by
international comparisons, Kuwaitis say they may have to wait
for up to 20 years on the housing list.