Chai Digest March 23-29: Kuwait boots expats, Cryus Cylinder rolls across the Atlantic, and more

Kuwait is enacting a number of policies to drive away expatriates, starting April 1 with a freeze on work visas, a restriction that employers can only employ Kuwati nationals, and efforts over 10 years to force 1 million of the current 2 million expatriates to leave. That will bring the expatriate population down to parity with Kuwati nationals. If Kuwait, which I have not visited, is anything like Bahrain, which I have, it will indeed be interesting to see nationals doing work. Seems a further case of reactionary idiocy enabled by oil, and hard to imagine that employers will not rebel. (China National News)

The Cyrus Cylinder, one of the British Museum’s most iconic objects and a treasure from ancient Persia is now touring the US, with stops in Washington, D.C., Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, see the official site for details. (The Economist)

China’s state media is putting a full-country press on Apple, the best recap is the tongue-in-check summary, Smash Apple’s incomparable arrogance, from China Economic Review. And it appears that China will maintain control of the choice of Hong Kong’s leader in 2017. (China Economic Review)

Bhutan’s democracy continues to develop with its second parliamentary elections. This is one of my favorite destinations and a must on travelers’ ‘bucket lists’. (The Diplomat)

Delta is in no hurry to bring Virgin Atlantic into SkyTeam, according to public remarks by Delta president Ed Bastian. (Executive Travel)

Radisson is working to improve and refresh its brand in the US. I have become of big fan of their recent Club Carlson promotions and the benefits of their new credit cards. (Travel Weekly)

Eight Reasons Business Travelers Shouldn’t Work on Planes is an infographic that might convince bosses that themselves don’t travel or work on the plane. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

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  • Oliver

    I haven’t been to Kuwait, but I just came back from Dubai. I could be wrong, but the only Emirati nationals I saw doing work were the immigrations officers. The rest of the visible working population seemed to be from India, Pakistan, and other primarily Asian countries. It might be different in other emirates.

  • Glenn (The Military Frequent Flyer)

    The problem in Kuwait is one that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and several other oil countries are expereincing – what to do with all thier unemployed youth. For thirty years they could give free education to Nationals and then employ them in an easy management job in either the private or public sector, but they have run out of those jobs.
    Now with most contracts to international companies, they stipulate that a certain percentage of the workers employed must be Nationals. Speaking through personal expereince, the companies assume that the Nationals will do nothing but drink tea and just increase their labor force to the same as they need to do the work with an additional percentage of Nationals on the payroll. The governments are happy to pay the increased fees as they get mid-level jobs for thier Nationals, but it is all just one big game being played. Heaven help them if the international companies ever left and they had to do the work on thier own.