Italians celebrate their National Day in Kuwait, Bahrain

June 5, 2011

Enrico and Milena Padula

Rome, Milan and Venice are the top destinations for Kuwaitis who visit Italy, the Italian ambassador in Kuwait has said.

“The percentage of Kuwaitis travelling to Italy for tourism is high especially in summer,” Enrico Granara said. “Around 5,000 visas are given to Kuwaitis and many Kuwaitis visit Italy through using Schengen Visas they obtain from other embassies. The most common places Kuwaiti tourists visit are the capital, Milan and Venice,” the ambassador said in Kuwait City where he hosted a reception celebrate Italy’s National Day.

According to the ambassador, nearly 500 Italians live in Kuwait.

“The number of Kuwaitis in Italy is increasing. We see on a daily bases people applying to take specific courses in Italian universities, such as fashion, design and architecture. There are also several private companies working in Italy with Italian products and all Kuwaiti businessmen know their ways to Italy,” he said, quoted by Kuwaiti daily Al Watan.

Large Italian companies are working on infrastructure plans in Kuwait and there are plans to expand the current $2.7 million projects that include Kuwait oil products distribution network.

“We are now looking for other areas for cooperation and for mutual economic benefits,” he said.

In the reception he hosted in Manama, Enrico Padula, the Italian ambassador to Bahrain, said that he looked forward to the consolidation of ties at all levels.

Bahrain is home to around 300 Italians.

The reception on Thursday was the first major diplomatic event following the lifting of the emergency laws imposed by Bahrain in mid-March to help put an end to unrest that crippled Manama.

The reception, hosted on the lawns of the ambassador’s residence to tunes played by a Bahraini band, was an indication that the security situation had largely improved, diplomats attending the event said.



About the author

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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