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People dismayed at crowded parking at airport – Citizens, expats urged to be cautious of calls for donation

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 11: Kuwaitis and expatriates have been advised to be wary of anonymous phone calls urging them to donate to certain humanitarian projects, indicating donors should approach authorized agencies to ensure their donations go to the rightful beneficiaries, reports Al-Rai daily.

This warning came from an official source at the Ministry of Interior. He explained the step became necessary as it has been observed that many Kuwaitis and expatriates responded to telephone calls prompting them to donate for certain humanitarian projects in Syria and other countries. He stated the callers usually send a representative to collect the donation from anyone who responded to the call positively. He believes the brains behind such calls are exploiting the humanitarian nature of Kuwaitis. He said many other people have been ignoring the phone calls because they doubt motives of those behind the projects, so they sought assistance of the ministry. He also confirmed coordination between the ministries of Interior, Social Affairs and Labor in such a circumstances, adding these ministries have received about 112 calls in that regard. He assured the ministry has been trying to identify those behind suspicious calls.

Meanwhile, A number of citizens and expatriates have expressed dissatisfaction over the crowded parking lots at Kuwait International Airport (KIA) as the situation has caused them much trouble. A citizen, who introduced himself as Bo Ali, disclosed he went to the airport to pick up his father but he spent 30 minutes searching for a parking space. He wondered why there are crowded parking lots while many others are vacant and fenced.

Another citizen, Mahmoud Al-Anzi, corroborated his compatriot’s observation, stressing that parking lots used to be crowded only during peak seasons but now it is happening every day. He claimed the concerned company seems to have ‘created’ this problem to force people to use parking spaces for more than one hour so they pay more. He revealed the charge for the first hour is 200 fils while the second hour is 400 fils.

Fathy Abdulrahman, an expatriate, is of the view that overcrowding at the airport’s parking lots may cause serious problems for passengers, citing his experience two years ago when he and his family missed their flight as they spent so much time searching for a parking space.

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