The State of Kuwait has been the most attractive country for GCC nationals seeking employment. The report which was pre- pared by the GCC’s General Secretariat said that Kuwait ranked first in attracting nationals of other GCC Member States to work in the government and private sectors in 2014.
The report, which coincides with the 36th GCC summit due in Riyadh yesterday, added that the number of GCC citizens working in the public sector of other Member States amounted to 11,500 in 2014. It pointed out that the United Arab Emirates ranked second with nine percent and attract- ed more than 1,000 employees, while Qatar ranked third with 290 employees representing 2.5 percent, while the Kingdom of Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia came fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
The report noted the issuance by the Supreme Council in its 21st round in Manama in 2000 of a decision approving the treatment of GCC citizens working in the civil service in any Member State the same treatment of citizens of the state they are working in.
The Supreme Council also issued a deci- sion at its 23rd round in Doha in December 2002 on the application of full equality in treatment between citizens of the GCC countries in the government labor field, social security, retirement and the removal of restrictions facing them.
Meanwhile, a recent report showed that Kuwait is ranked first among the Gulf states in the number of GCC citizens studying in its government schools amounting to 15,224 stu- dents including 7,002 males and 8,222 females.
According to a statistical report by the information sector in the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the number of GCC citizens registered in the public schools in the GCC states amounted to 42,581 of whom 21,797 were males and 20,784 were female students in all stages of public education in 2014.
It said that the GCC Supreme Council agreed in November 1985 on the treatment of students in general edu- cation the same as those of the GCC state they are studying in.
This decision, which flows into the policies and support of the efforts of Gulf citizenship, is one of the important steps taken by the Gulf Cooperation Council in the early years to facilitate movement of citizens among member states and to provide them with decent accommodation. In other statistics, Kuwaitis have ranked in second place for ownership of real estates in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in 2015 with 8, 535 owners.
According to a report prepared by the information sector in the GCC Secretariat, some 8,981 Saudis have owned properties in oth- er GCC states in 2014 followed by the citizens of the State of Kuwait with 8,535, then Qatar with 1,885, Bahrain, Oman and the UAE with 1,708, 1,369 and 1,031 respectively.
The report said that allowing the GCC citizens to own properties in other member states constitutes one of the ten principles of the Gulf Common Market defined by the Economic Agreement of 2001 where ordinary GCC nationals in any GCC state are treated the same with its citizens without discrimination.
The report shows that the United Arab Emirates ranked first in attracting GCC citizens to own properties in 2014 with 17,641 or by 75 percent, whereas the Sultanate of Oman came second, followed by the Kingdom of Bahrain in third place with 2,154 while Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait ranked fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
SOURCE : THETIMES