KUWAIT CITY, Feb 27: Kuwaitis do not plan well for their expenditure outside the country during summer vacation and public holidays, which is reflected in the rate at which they use credit cards to make purchases to the tune of KD 569 million last year, reports Al-Anba daily.
A source disclosed an increase of 6.5 percent in expenses on consumables outside the country compared to the previous year, noting two thirds of the total value of purchases was made through ATM outlets. He added the remaining one third was done through debit cards, while credit cards were used in withdrawing only KD 23 million.
Kuwaitis withdrew KD 1.28 billion from ATMs in 2016; pointing to 6 percent increase from 2015, which was KD 1.2 billion and recording an average increase of KD 72 million per year. The value of cash withdrawals in 2016 rose to KD 428.9 million with an increase of KD 20 million compared to 2015 at 4.9 percent rate. They also used credit and debit cards for purchases worth KD 851.6 million in 2016.
Meanwhile, about 27,000 medical leaves were issued to male and female employees who were assigned to work during the national day holidays, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting reliable sources. They revealed that hospitals and health centers were filled with men and women who feigned illness in order to escape duty during the national day holidays. The sources indicated that many of these individuals who pretended to be ill had either travelled overseas or spent the holidays in chalets, livestock pens, farms and stables.