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Kuwait bans six companies over Sabah Al-Ahmad City storm damage

The firms were excluded due to housing, infrastructure, and road damage caused by heavy rainfall

Kuwait has been hit with heavy rainfull and meteorologists expect more is on its way [representational image].
Kuwait has been hit with heavy rainfull and meteorologists expect more is on its way [representational image].

Six companies and one engineering office have been banned from bidding on government tenders due to damage sustained at the Sabah Al-Ahmad City development.

Kuwait’s Minister of State for Housing Affairs and Minister of State for Services Affairs, Dr Janan Bushehri, announced the decision at a press conference on 20 November.

The unnamed companies have been “excluded” from current and future tenders for Housing Ministry construction projects.

Kuwait's state-run news agency reported that the companies were excluded due to the “damage inflicted” on housing, infrastructure, and road projects at Sabah Al-Ahmad City, which was hit by heavy rainfall earlier this month.

READ: Kuwait forms committee to assess Sabah Al-Ahmad City storm damage

The decision to exclude the companies is based on the conclusions of a report produced by a government-backed technical team, which was formed to investigate the damage at Sabah Al-Ahmad City.

Kuwait's Ministry of Housing did not name the companies that had been excluded, but it said the engineering consultancy was involved in the design of Sabah Al-Ahmad City.

READ: Kuwait awards $210m contracts for Sabah Al-Ahmad City

Following a period of heavy rainfall and floods, Kuwait's government has promised to help homeowners repair properties damaged by the storm. A task force chaired by Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, Hind Al-Sabeeh, has been created by the government to lead renovation work for damaged housing units.

Kuwaiti meteorologists have warned of a potential increase in “unstable weather” from 22 November. Wind speeds could reach up to 60 km/h with the sea level forecast to rise by more than 2m.

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