August 20, 2014

The FATCA effect: US Citizenship less appealing for some Kuwaitis

Concerns push FACTA to Assembly for approval (Some quit US citizenship)
Arab Times repost: The Cabinet has decided to refer an agreement that it intends to sign with the US Treasury regarding Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), to the National Assembly for approval before it is applied because the agreement will largely impact the aspect of banking confidentiality and expose American citizens who hold dual citizenship, reports Al-Rai daily.
The American law, which came into effect few months ago, obligates banks and financial institutions to provide American authorities with the required information concerning American citizens and their accounts. This law will assist in exposing Kuwaiti citizens who hold American citizenship when the American authorities ask the banks for information regarding their accounts and transactions.
Earlier, Ministry of Finance had indicated its desire to sign the convention with the US Treasury, which will give Kuwaiti banks the legal opportunity to register with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before the deadline of May 5, 2014 in order to avoid the heavy penalties that the American authorities will impose on the banks that do not cooperate with it.
According to the initial convention, the Kuwaiti banks are obligated to ask their clients if they hold American citizenship when they open bank accounts. These banks will then be responsible for the information they give when the American authorities ask about their clients. However, the recent convention, the conditions of which the Ministry of Finance is negotiating, has bigger and riskier obligations such as the banks’ compliance to FACTA in all other countries, which is why the government perceived the need to obtain approval from the National Assembly before signing it. Sources revealed that thousands of people gave up their American citizenship in order to avoid the FACTA law.

August 13, 2014

Yeeeeeehaaaaaw!!! Expat and the City Blog has over 2 Million Hits!

I've had this ready to post in draft form for over a month and now the day has finally come:
Starting this expat blog in 2010 about my life in Kuwait has been one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life.  I truly feel happy, blessed and grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities and friendships this blog has brought me.
Now that blog posting has slowed down the best way to keep up with Expat and the City blog is to sign up for "follow by email" (located on the right side bar) which will alert you whenever there is a new blog post.   Our favorite new museums, art galleries, cultural events, restaurants, cafes, shopping and travel will continue to be posted.  Plus a few personal posts here and there.  I'm posting almost daily on my personal Instagram account (for friends / family) which is a fantastic way to stay in touch while traveling or living abroad.  If you'd like you can follow the blog's Instagram / Twitter accounts: @expatandthecity for more interaction.
We made it to Reykjavik, Iceland after touring Scandinavia and I'm celebrating this 2 million hits achievement with the man 7ayati of my dreams. <3

Thank you again readers for your support and God bless!
Yawn...zzzzzzzzzz back to sleep with my handsome, hairy, Kuwaiti monster. ;)

July 28, 2014

Sh%t Southern Women Say


July 27, 2014

Eid Mubarak Kuwait

 Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Eid.

British Airways documentary on Kuwait

Watch the link: [YouTube]

According to H, this August British Airways will premier a four part documentary on its flights about Kuwait. The film will cover its history, society, economy and politics. This is a preview (part one) of the film from H.  I love it and sent it to my entire family in the US with pride.

July 26, 2014

Ladies beware! If you take your mobile phone or computer for repair in Kuwait

Just a reminder to remove your memory card and photos / videos before you take your device in for repair or to sell while living in Kuwait.  

UAE mobile shop staff sold women clients' pictures and videos to men

Fined up to Dh250,000 for stealing pictures and data 

Khorfakkan Court has fined six Arab staff members of a shop that sells mobile phones between Dh150,000 and Dh250,000 for stealing pictures of women who brought their mobile phones to the shop for repair, and then selling those pictures to men.

The court also sentenced them to one year imprisonment followed by deportation as well as closure of the two mobile phone shops and seizing all the equipment used by the accused and deleting all the data that was stolen from the women.

The incident came to light when Khorfakkan Police received several complaints from victims or their relatives about their personal pictures and videos taken during different occasions, especially wedding parties, being broadcast on mobile phones and social media.

Khorfakkan Police started an investigation, which led them to find out that majority of the victims took their mobile phones for repair to two shops, which coincidentally belonged to the same person.

A source from Khorfakkan Police said that the women took the pictures at parties, and when they took their phones for maintenance or repair, the staff at these shops copied their pictures and videos and sold them later to men. [Reposted from Emirates 24/7]

Please be careful because this happens a lot in Kuwait!

July 23, 2014

Family fun at The Scientific Center’s IMAX theater in Kuwait

Don't miss the new showing of the "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" at The Scientific Center's IMAX theater in Kuwait.  This feature is narrated by American movie star Morgan Freeman. [YouTube]

Learn Arabic in Kuwait

The AWARE Center is pleased to announce that Registration for the
Fall I Arabic course schedule (August 3 - September 13, 2014) has started. 

They will offer beginner's weekday morning and evening courses; weekend morning course.

For all course details and registration, please visit: AWARE

For more details please do not hesitate to contact AWARE by email: or telephone: 2533-5280.