Travel ban on 29.500 Kuwaitis for failing to pay debts

September 8, 2010

Around 30,000 Kuwaitis are banned from travel for failing to pay their debts, an official has said.

“The travel ban covers 29,500 Kuwaitis who owe around KD 526 million for failing to pay dues related mainly to alimony to former wives and consumer loans,” Ali Al Dhubaibi, the head of the justice ministry implementation bureau, said. “Around 13,000 the citizens facing travel bans have debts ranging between KD 100 and KD 2,000,” he said, quoted by Al Qabas daily.

The official deplored the emergence of a new “dangerous culture” that allows people to take out loans and buy cars or houses without caring about how to pay their debts.

“We now have cases of people who rent houses for a long time, refuse to pay the rent and then move out to unknown places without paying anything. There are people who overuse the mobile and when they fail to pay their KD 400 bills and the line is cut off, they start complaining that they did not have enough money to pay for the service,” he said. “The media has to step in to highlight such cases.”

Al Dhubaibi attributed the phenomenon to a growing culture of ostentation and showiness.

“We used to live according to our means, but today, people care so much about showing off. In the West, for instance, students ride the bus to go to the university. Here in Kuwait, our students want to ride only in expensive cars even though they know that they cannot afford to pay their full price.”

According to the official, the travel ban is the most efficient means to make people pay up their outstanding debts.

“Some of the people afford to pay their debts, but do not want to do it for various reasons. Fortunately, they pay back when they are about to travel because they know that they will not be allowed to leave the country. Debtors also pay up on religious occasions,” he said. “There is an urgent need to start thinking about all these divorced women and their children for instance who do not receive the alimony money because the debtor did not pay up. It is not fair for them, and solutions are needed.”





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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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