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State Blocks Diwaniyas on State Land

I can understand the state not wanting to allow the people to build on public land, land reserved to preserve right of way, land reserved for parks, land to protect the ability to see around a corner. We watched all the illegal diwaniyas come down in our area, carted away on trucks, to be replaced with outdoor diwaniyas, which are lovely – but what to do when the temperatures start going up again?

Many of our friends have diwaniyyas – one – or more (!) built into their homes. An outdoor diwaniya is a luxury if you have the space for it. It looks to me like more homes are being built with a permanent diwayiya designed to match the house.

My real question is – How does this differ from the chalets? Are the chalets not also built on state property? Is there a bureau from which you get a permit? Is there any contractual understanding, like the land is deeded to you for 99 years before you put up an expensive chalet? Or do you build, knowing the government can reclaim that land at any time?

State succeeds in blocking diwaniyas bill
Al Watan staff

KUWAIT: The Parliament rejected a controversial draft law on Wednesday that called for regulating the construction of private diwaniyas on State property.

After a discussion, the proposal was overruled by a vote of 34 against and 26 in favor.

A number of MPs had presented the proposal, which was aimed at allowing the construction of private diwaniyas on State property adjacent to owners” homes provided that a license is obtained from the Ministry of Finance in exchange of an annual fee of no more than 0.250 Kuwaiti dinars per square meter.

Moreover, the Parliament also rejected a proposal to form a committee to investigate violations committed by the team tasked with removing all structures that have been illegally built on State property.

This proposal was voted down by 35 of the 61 legislators who were present at the session.
Earlier, the Parliament”s Finance and Economic Affairs Committee had rejected the draft law regulating the construction of private diwaniyas on State land, saying that it will have a negative impact regardless of the traditions related to these forms of gathering places.

It said the construction of these structures on State property will increase security, administrative and financial burdens on the State.

This issue was first discussed during Tuesday”s Parliament session, but a lack of order in the Abdullah AlـSalem Hall led to an adjournment of the session.

The Kuwaiti government had opposed the bill since the beginning, saying it bears many implementation difficulties and encourages encroachments on State property in a disorganized fashion.

Last updated on Thursday 13/11/2008

November 13, 2008 - Posted by | Building, Community, ExPat Life, Financial Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Political Issues


  1. If people want a diwaniya at their home as an out-building, they should plan it when building the house. WITHIN THEIR LAND! and not erect these ugly kirby mini houses outside the walls with huge ac machines sticking out and dripping water onto the streets. If you don’t have the space, find a friend that has and visit them instead 🙂 After all, that’s the whole idea.

    Chalets are different. You don’t own the freehold of the land, you pay a lease and use it. It can be taken back by the government at any time when future projects are planned in the area they sit on.

    Comment by Bu Yousef | November 13, 2008 | Reply

  2. It’s the cutting down of trees that pisses me off. Whether on state land or not, a tree is a tree.

    Comment by teachthemasses | November 13, 2008 | Reply

  3. Thank you, Bu Yousef. Some of those chalets are gorgeous – no guarantee that they will remain standing? Isn’t that a risk?

    I know that they have trimmed some shrubbery, Teach, in some places to allow people to see things like traffic signs, and around corners, but they are cutting down trees? Where? Can you figure out why?

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 13, 2008 | Reply

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