Kuwait municipality takes down 500 Eid billboards and street signs

September 11, 2010

Kuwait municipality took down 500 billboards and street signs put up to offer Eid greetings.

They were either unlicensed or were obstructing the view, officials from the municipality said.

Kuwaitis, mainly businessmen and lawmakers seeking to gain popular mileage in their constituencies, have traditionally used billboards and makeshift signs. However, the municipality this year repeatedly warned that it would not tolerate the “abuses of the streets” and would take action against those who broke the law.

Municipality officials also took action against eight people renting out bicycles and seven street vendors selling fireworks to children, Al Anba newspaper reported.

In Kuwait City, a 15-year-old Egyptian was killed in a traffic accident minutes after he arrived in the country to spend the Eid holidays with his parents.

The car, driven by the father who had picked up his wife and his two sons from the airport, collided with a vehicle carrying Kuwaitis who were injured, the newspaper said.

In Bahrain, the police reported the death of a 44-year-old Bahraini former athlete who was stabbed in an argument with a friend in Hamad Town, around 20 kilometres south of Manama. The murderer, 23, was arrested.

The reasons for the afternoon crime on the first day of Eid were not clear, and the police said they were looking into the crime.

Traffic police officials said that they recorded 37 minor accidents and no serious injuries on the first day of the celebrations.

According to the officials, 3565 cars entered the country via the King Fahad Causeway, the 25-kilometre terrestrial link between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia amid expectations that up to 250,000 people, mainly from Saudi Arabia, will visit the island during the five-day holidays.



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

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