Manama: Dubai, Turkey, Cairo and London top the destination list of the 208,000 people living in Kuwait who will be spending the Eid holidays abroad, Director General of Civil Aviation Yusuf Al Fawzan has said.

“We have taken all the precautions to deal with the high number of people at the airport,” he said.

“There will be many volunteers who will be assisting, especially women.”

A new KD 5 service to deliver luggage home will also be provided for inbound passengers as part of initiatives to improve standards at the airport, he added, Kuwaiti daily Al Anba reported on Thursday.

Kuwaitis in the public sector will be off from June 15 until June 19.

The same five-day holiday will also be enjoyed by employees in the public sector in Bahrain since two extra days were added in lieu of Friday and Saturday.

Bahrain compensates off days that fall on the week-end.

In Saudi Arabia, the holidays were extended from June 20 to June 24 upon orders from King Salman.

The return to wok of public employees and military staff will coincide with the implementation of the decision to allow women to drive for the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia.

The decision was announced in September, but a grace period was granted to allow the competent authorities prepare the logistics, including driving schools and massive awareness campaigns, for a smooth application.

Hundreds of women have already received their Saudi licences, either by applying for the first time and passing the exam or by showing their foreign permits and passing the driving test.

With the Saudi football team playing in the World Cup finals in Moscow and the possibility for women to drive in about 10 days, positive feelings laced with a high sense of patriotism are prevailing in the country.