1 February 2015
KUWAIT: The municipality will enforce a Cabinet decision mandating all stores, restaurants, cafes, billiard halls and similar facilities to close by midnight. Municipal Director Ahmed Al-Subaih said that the municipality and the interior ministry have agreed to activate this decision in all areas - commercial, investment and residential - while shops in the industrial areas of Shuwaikh, Sharq, Ardiya, Sabhan and Fahaheel will have to close by 10:00 pm.
Speaking to the press after a meeting with the Interior Ministry's assistant undersecretary for public security affairs Maj Gen Abdul Fattah Al-Ali, Subaih said that the closing time on weekends (Thursdays and Fridays) and on official holidays would be 1:00 am. "Exceptions will only be made upon official permission from the interior ministry," he added.
Subaih noted that Ali was fully convinced of the need for such measures to maintain security in view of the growing number of crimes such as drug abuse, vehicle theft, shootings and others. Subaih added that the new timings would be circulated to all six governorates' municipal offices so that they could be put into practice.
Yes because as we all know, vehicle theft, shootings, and drug abuse happen most often at restaurants, cafes, stores, and billiard halls! Rising crime never happens in residential neighborhoods or during peak shopping times at malls.
Rising crime in Kuwait has nothing to do with the desperation of the youth - many Bedoon/stateless - with little or no other ways to support themselves than by crime.
Rising crime has nothing at all to do with the price of meth vs. a bottle of alcohol. Nope.
2 February update
Backtracking. I love backtracking. Not our fault.... Tongues were waggin over this decision, so the decision to close restaurants after midnight is now "baseless."
MoI denies midnight shop closure reports – Municipality saysproposal still being studied (Kuwait Times)
The word "Study" as defined in Kuwait: Never going to happen.