Last updated: 24 July, 2012

Kuwait royal gives $215 million to debtors, suitors and boffins

A wealthy senior member of Kuwait’s ruling family on Tuesday announced a donation of 60 million dinars ($215 million) to help those in debt, those getting married and the learned elite.

Chief of the National Guard Sheikh Salem al-Ali al-Sabah, in his 80s, said in a statement that the donation would go towards helping those in debt, men who plan to get married and those who complete their doctorates.

Any Kuwaiti man who marries a female citizen will receive $21,400 while those in debt are entitled to $14,300 each, said a statement posted on his Twitter account.

A Kuwaiti who completes his doctorate degree gets around $71,500, the statement said.

Expatriates living in the oil-rich emirate are not included.