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No Kuwaitization for Ministry of Public Works?

When I saw this article in this morning’s Al Watan I thought about garbage trucks. In Seattle, when I was there last summer, the garbage trucks seemed to be run mainly by great big East Europeans. I also thought of how in some big cities, the people who own the garbage removal contracts are making a fortune. Everyone has to start somewhere!

Municipality wants out of Kuwaitization
Al Watan staff

KUWAIT: Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Dr. Fadhil Safar has formally asked the Civil Service Commission to exempt Kuwait Municipality from the Kuwaitization policy which has been enacted to replace nonـKuwaiti employees in the public sector with citizens.
The request was reportedly contained in a letter the minister addressed to the Head of the Civil Service Commission Abdulaziz AlـZebin.

It has been gathered that the minister asked the commission to exempt the municipality from the Kuwaitization policy for at least two years starting from 2009 – ـ2011 during which the local labor force can be sufficiently trained.

He went on to say that the municipality has terminated the contracts of at least 500 nonـKuwaitis, which has had an adverse impact on the overall performance of the municipality.

Minister Safar underscored that the municipality”s work involves tasks which citizens are not interested in taking over.

October 13, 2008 - Posted by | Community, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, News, Social Issues


  1. when we talk about Kuwait Municipality we aren’t talking about garbage trucks and collectors
    these are handled by contracts

    he is talking about office clerks

    Comment by forzaq8 | October 13, 2008 | Reply

  2. So ForzaQ8, he is saying that citizens are not interested in clerical positions, even starting out?

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 13, 2008 | Reply

  3. yup, theyre talking about administrative desk jobs mostly, and a few that involve inspections outside the office.

    i laughed out loud at how diplomatic the article was by only refering to the loss of 500 expats as the cause of the inefficiency, and not the inefficiency of the 500 or more who replaced them.

    “starting out” here means at least having the title “manager of (something)” 😛

    Comment by sknkwrkz | October 13, 2008 | Reply

  4. i didn’t read the article in English , but the problem isn’t no one want it , its that they are experienced right now and that because the influx of new workers the work became slower

    Comment by forzaq8 | October 13, 2008 | Reply

  5. ForzaQ8, in the English version, Minister Safar said that citizens are not interested in these jobs!

    That really surprises me, because many bloggers graduate from school and are looking for jobs!

    Skunk – they start out as managers? Holy smokes! That’s a lot of responsibility for someone just starting out. I would like to be one of the inspectors, though, me and my clipboard, going out every day inspecting things. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 13, 2008 | Reply

  6. It’s not just that.

    Let’s flip the scenario for a minute.

    Large corporations in Kuwait – let me put it this way, pressure Municipality to keep certain foreigners in the sector – you heard right.

    You do the math.

    Comment by hilaliya | October 13, 2008 | Reply

  7. Hmm, Amer, math was never my strong suit, and this equation has too many unknowns . . . sort of algebraic.

    I can only guess Minister Safar, the corporations and you are talking about functionality.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 14, 2008 | Reply

  8. As with most of the Gulf countries who are nationalizing their workfors, be it kuwaitization,omanization,emiratization or whatever, the locals don’t want what they would consider “unsavoury” jobs. They would want to take over the professional and management jobs, but not start at the beginning. For a country to be completely self-sufficient and nationalized, one has to consider every job. From garbage pickers to CEO’s.

    Comment by Sean Ballantyne | May 9, 2011 | Reply

  9. Sean – that seems logical to me, but there is a whole different set of logics working in the Gulf.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 9, 2011 | Reply

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