Kuwait announces 40-day mourning period, 3-day closure of government offices

Royal court announces details of Sheikh Nawaf's funeral and when the palace will open for condolences

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A man walks towards the entrance of a building past Kuwaiti national flags lowered to the half-mast position on December 16, as the Gulf country mourns the death of its leader Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah. — Photo: AFP
A man walks towards the entrance of a building past Kuwaiti national flags lowered to the half-mast position on December 16, as the Gulf country mourns the death of its leader Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah. — Photo: AFP

Published: Sat 16 Dec 2023, 5:03 PM

Last updated: Sat 16 Dec 2023, 5:07 PM

Government offices in Kuwait will be closed for three days as the state declared a 40-day mourning period over the death of its emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, on Saturday.

Work at these official departments shall resume on Wednesday, according to an advisory on the state-run Kuwait News Agency (Kuna).

During the mourning period, flags at the state's offices will be flown at half-mast.

In a separate advisory, Kuwait's royal court announced the details of Sheikh Nawaf's funeral.

Prayers will be held at the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque tomorrow, Sunday, at 9am. The funeral — which will follow later in the morning — will be restricted to family members.

The new Emir, Sheikh Mishal Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, along with other members of the royal family will be accepting condolences at Bayan Palace on Monday morning and Tuesday morning and afternoon, the royal court said in a Kuna report.

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