KUWAIT CITY, December 26: Defense, Interior and National Security: March 17: The Ministry of the Interior wins the 2020 award for best awareness-raising film on the fight against terrorism and extremism at the end of the 44th virtual conference Arab police and security chiefs.
April 12: the Ministry of the Interior mourns the police officer Saad Salem Nafaa, who died as a martyr in a tragic accident while he was on duty.
April 14: the Ministry of the Interior began to receive candidates for the partial legislative elections for the fifth constituency.
April 26: The Kuwait National Guard (KNG) received French-made Caracal helicopters at Ali Al-Salem air base, put into service as the core of the guard fleet.
April 29: Kuwait Fire Forces (KFF) contained a fire at a tire dump in the Al-Salmi area. April 30: the Interior Ministry mourns the martyr Abdullah Al-Daihani, killed in a tragic accident.
May 15: Firefighters control a huge fire that broke out in a junkyard in the port of Abdullah.
May 16: KFF announces the death of two workers in a fire at a three-story shopping complex in the Jahra district.
June 8: Firefighters successfully extinguished a fire at a 60,000 square meter site in the Amghara region of Jahra.
June 14: The Interior Ministry evacuated 140 citizens and residents stranded on Failaka Island due to bad weather conditions.
June 19: Seven firefighters brought under control a massive fire in a warehouse in the industrial zone of Shuwaikh, which left one dead and two injured.
July 8: The customs department foiled an attempt to smuggle 25,000 bags of Paan.
July 12: Customs seized 2.22 million Paan bags in three containers.
July 15: The Interior Ministry arrested a person in possession of 1.2 tablets of illegal drugs worth two million KD ($ 6.6 million).
July 20: A military transport plan arrives in Tunisia with 20 tons of oxygen.
July 25: The customs department foiled an attempt to smuggle 1.4 million bags of Paan.
August 7: KFF, acting on instructions from His Highness the Amir, sent 90 firefighters to Turkey and Greece to help tackle the massive forest fires.
August 11: Customs seized 150 kg of hashish in a container.
August 14: Three Asians were killed and five injured in a fire at a workers’ residence in the Abdaly area.
August 17: Kuwait donated six fire trucks to Algeria.
August 19: Kuwait donated six fire trucks to Turkey.
August 20: The KFF announced the death of five people and the injury of 15 others in a traffic accident.
August 23: Kuwait donated six fire trucks to Tunisia.
September 8: Two workers were killed in the collapse of a building under construction at Kuwait Airport.
September 23: the customs service seizes 1.221 tons of Paan.
October 12: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah announced that Kuwaiti women would be allowed to enroll in military service.
November 2: Kuwaiti, Saudi and American forces conduct exercises.
November 10: The customs service seized 30 tons of Paan hidden in containers from a Gulf country.
November 21: Kuwait organized a military funeral for 19 martyrs found in mass graves in Iraq.
November 23: the Ministry of the Interior seized 17 KG of narcotics smuggled in sheep from a neighboring country.
November 28: Three people killed and a child injured in a fire in a house in the Sulaibiya region. December 7: Kuwait received the first batch of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from Italy.
December 8: The Home Office arrested individuals with 120,000 psychedelic pills.
December 9: Firefighters control the fire that breaks out in the Amghara region.
December 14: The Kuwaiti army received two Eurofighter Typhoon planes.
Social Affairs & Public Services:
January 31: The Ministry of Justice promulgates the publication of the executive regulations of Law 12/2020, allowing citizens to have access to their official documents in state institutions.
February 17: The General Directorate of Civil Aviation inaugurates a new headquarters to provide an appropriate and advanced environment for employees.
April 3: The Kuwait Port Authority made KD 56.4 million (US $ 186 million) in profit for fiscal year 2020-21.
April 21: The Ministry of Communications (MoC) issued a stamp titled “Kuwait Fight Coronavirus Pandemic” in collaboration with the ministry’s postal sector and the Kuwait Philatelic Society.
May 30: The Public Authority for Agriculture and Fisheries Resources reopens public parks from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
June 8: The Civil Aviation Authority signed a KD 9.2 million (USD 30 million) contract with the Spanish company Indra for the supply of communication equipment for the new tower at Kuwait International Airport .
June 23: The Kuwait Port Authority (KPA) announced three tenders for the “New Kuwait 2035” development plan, with a total value of approximately five million KD (approximately 16.6 million USD).
July 5: Kuwait Airways announced the resumption of flights to Geneva, Munich and Frankfurt from July 9.
August 1: Kuwait Airport began receiving unvaccinated non-Kuwaitis.
October 2: Kuwait Airways signed a mutual contract for ground handling operations at Kuwait and Amman airports.
December 13: Kuwait Airways signed an agreement with a security company to update its security measures in line with international standards. Teaching, Higher education, scientific research:
February 10: The Ministry of Education decides to continue online education in all classes for the second semester of the school year (2020-21).
March 22: Kuwait announces schools will reopen in September, while cabinet vows to hold paper-based final exams for grade 12.
April 25: The College of Nursing of the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) obtained academic accreditation for the Bachelor of Nursing program from the United States Accreditation Commission for Education in nursing sciences (ACEN).
May 26: The Ministry of Education (MOE) postponed the paper exams for grade 12 in public and private schools until June 9 instead of May 30.
June 9: Grade 12 students began paper exams as part of precautionary health measures.
June 30: launch of the first Kuwaiti satellite “Qamar Al-Kuwait” into space from the Cape Canaveral space rocket in the US state of Florida.
July 25: The Kuwaiti Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) filed a US patent on technology that simultaneously desalinates water and air cooling.
July 29: His Highness the Amir’s representative, Minister of Education Dr Ali Al-Mudhaf, announced a commitment of $ 30 million to support the global education initiative over five years.
August 5: KISR filed for a US patent on a waste treatment system.
September 18: KISR recorded a 3.1 degree earthquake northeast of Kuwait.
October 3: Public schools began receiving students after an 18-month closure due to the coronavirus.
October 24: Kuwait University welcomed 36,000 students.
December 17: The UN pays tribute to the Kuwaiti poet Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain on the occasion of the international day of the Arabic language celebrated on December 18. Media:
April 4: The Film Sector Head of the Kuwait Artists and Media Union announced that actor Saad Al-Faraj will be the main character at the Kuwait New Film Festival.
April 6: The National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature (NCCAL) postponed the celebration of “Kuwait is the capital of Arab culture” from 2022 to 2026, by decision of ministers from the Arab world.
June 13: Reopening of cultural centers and museums with health precautions.
June 29: The Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Center in Kuwait nominated for the 2021 LCD Berlin Awards in the “New Cultural Destination of the Year” category in the Middle East and Africa.
July 13: The Italian Ambassador to Kuwait honored Kamel Al-Abduljalil, Secretary General of NCCAL, with a cultural order in recognition of his efforts to strengthen cultural and traditional relations between the two countries.
October 1: Information Minister Abdulrahman Al-Mutairi, representing His Highness the Prime Minister, traveled to Dubai to attend the inauguration of the Kuwait pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
October 13: NCCAL signed a cultural cooperation agreement with the Indian Embassy as part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
November 3: Al-Salasil won the prize for the best Arab publishing house at the Sharjah International Book Fair.
November 4: Jordan selected Kuwaiti actor Mohammad Al-Mansour, among Arab actors and men of letters, for an honorary award.
November 17: Kuwait is elected member of UNESCO’s Executive Board for 2021-25.
December 12: The Ministry of Information launched its new website. (KUNA)