Amir opens new Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter

Ital­ian tenor Bo­celli, top Kuwaiti artistes per­form at launch

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Un­der the aus­pices of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and with the Amir in at­ten­dance, the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter was held yes­ter­day, fea­tur­ing a spec­tac­u­lar show that com­bined in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal mu­sic.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Qatar’s Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, for­mer Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem, se­nior sheikhs, HH Sheikh Nasser Al-Mo­ham­mad Al-Ah­mad Al-Sabah, HH the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah and other se­nior state of­fi­cials.

The cer­e­mony kicked off with the na­tional an­them fol­lowed by a speech by the Deputy Min­is­ter of Amiri Di­wan Af­fairs Sheikh Ali Al-Jar­rah Al-Sabah. “To­day is a mo­men­tous day, as a cul­tural land­mark, the Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter has been opened,” Sheikh Ali said. He added that HH the Amir’s at­ten­dance aug­ments the joy of the oc­ca­sion, not­ing that the cen­ter will be in­stru­men­tal to the devel­op­ment of the cul­tural sec­tor in the coun­try. Fur­ther­more, Sheikh Ali said that the na­tion now en­joys the fruits of its la­bor, adding that he is con­fi­dent that sim­i­lar great achieve­ments will fol­low. He then thanked the coun­try’s lead­er­ship, wish­ing Kuwait con­tin­ued pros­per­ity.

Ital­ian tenor An­drea Bo­celli then per­formed at the cul­tural cen­ter, which in­cludes a 2,000-seat opera house, the first in the state. Top Kuwaiti singers, artistes and per­form­ers took part in the event, which was also at­tended by a large num­ber of lo­cal and for­eign dig­ni­taries. The sprawl­ing 214,000 sq m cen­ter is lo­cated in the heart of Kuwait City and com­prises four build­ings, a the­atre cen­ter, a mu­sic cen­ter, a con­fer­ence cen­ter and a li­brary for his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments.

The four build­ings at the cen­ter, whose geo­met­ric de­sign was in­spired by Is­lamic ar­chi­tec­ture, are cov­ered with thou­sands of square me­ters of ti­ta­nium shell. Named af­ter the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad, the cen­ter has sev­eral state-of-the art halls, in­clud­ing a 1,200-seat con­cert hall, as well as an in­door park­ing fa­cil­ity for 3,200 ve­hi­cles. The pro­ject, de­signed by SSH firm, was com­pleted in just 22 months. Although Kuwait has been the leader in the­atre and tele­vi­sion se­ri­als in the Gulf re­gion, it did not have a mod­ern the­atre. Af­ter a short doc­u­men­tary and the mu­si­cal per­for­mances, HH the Amir and HH the Crown Prince were pre­sented with com­mem­o­ra­tive gifts. — Agen­cies

His High­ness the Amir’s pa­tron­age of the open­ing of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter is a tes­ta­ment to his un­bri­dled sup­port of na­tional cul­ture and arts, Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Salem Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah said yes­ter­day.

Sheikh Sal­man, who is also Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters (NCCAL), said that the cen­ter is a mile­stone in the na­tion’s his­tory and is part of ef­forts to usher in Kuwait as the “Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture 2016.”

More­over, on the open­ing of the new cul­tural cen­ter, he said that it is a water­shed mo­ment that will in­duce a cul­tural boom, thanks to stren­u­ous ef­forts by His High­ness the Amir. He also de­scribed the cen­ter as a cat­a­lyst that will help cat­a­pult Kuwait into cul­tural promi­nence. The Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion also noted that the cen­ter is a glar­ing land­mark be­fit­ting lofty con­tri­bu­tions made by the peo­ple of the na­tion, while it serves as fur­ther af­fir­ma­tion of the coun­try’s lead­er­ship’s be­lief in cul­ture as a pil­lar of so­ci­ety. On the ed­i­fice it­self, he said that it stretches on 214,000 square me­ters with three stages, in ad­di­tion to mu­si­cal and ex­hi­bi­tion cen­ters. Sheikh Sal­man thanked His High­ness the Amir for inau­gu­rat­ing the cen­ter, which he de­scribed as a bas­tion of cul­ture and arts that will go a long way to en­hance Kuwait’s cul­tural ties with other Gulf and Arab na­tions.

Grat­i­tude

Mean­while, His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent ca­bles to Deputy Min­is­ter of Amiri Di­wan Af­fairs Sheikh Ali Jar­rah Al-Sabah, Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Salem Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Bader Al-Essa, Amiri Di­wan Ad­vi­sor Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Abo Al-Has­san, Amiri Di­wan Un­der­sec­re­tary Ibrahim Mo­ham­mad Al-Shatti, head of Amiri pro­to­col and cham­ber lains Khaled Al-Ab­dul­lah Al-Sabah and head of the Amiri Di­wan’s Fi­nan­cial and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Af­fairs Ab­du­laziz Ishaq for their ef­forts for car­ry­ing out Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter in record time.

His High­ness the Amir re­ferred to the ex­cel­lent prepa­ra­tions for the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony with won­der­ful paint­ings. His High­ness the Amir said that the cen­ter would boost and com­plete artis­tic, cul­tural and in­tel­lec­tual march of the dear home­land, adding that it would form a cul­tural and tourist land­mark that at­tracts cit­i­zens, expats and vis­i­tors as well.

His High­ness the Amir wished ev­ery suc­cess for all peo­ple and pros­per­ity and progress for the dear home­land. His High­ness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah sent sim­i­lar ca­bles to the of­fi­cials. —KUNA

KUWAIT: (Top) HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (fifth right), HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (sixth right), Sheikha Moza of Qatar (fourth right), for­mer Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem (fourth left), HH Sheikh Nasser Al-Mo­ham­mad Al-Ah­mad Al-Sabah (sec­ond left), HH the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah (right) and other of­fi­cials at­tend the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter yes­ter­day. (Above left) From right, Nabeel Shuail, Nawal and Ab­dul­lah Ruwaished per­form on­stage dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony. (Above right) Artistes per­form dur­ing the cer­e­mony. — KUNA pho­tos

(From left) His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah, His High­ness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah and Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar ar­rive to the venue.

KUWAIT: His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and other of­fi­cials ap­plaud as they at­tend a per­for­mance dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Sabah Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter yes­ter­day. —Pho­tos by Amiri Di­wan and KUNA

His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (cen­ter), His High­ness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (left) and Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar at­tend the event.

His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah signs the guest­book.

Artists per­form on stage dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter.

Ac­tors Ab­duhus­sein Ab­dulredha (left) and Saad Al-Faraj per­form on stage.

His High­ness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah is pic­tured with chil­dren at the event.

Ac­tresses Hayat Al-Fa­had (left) and Suad Ab­dul­lah per­form on stage.

His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah greets peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

Opera singer An­drea Bo­celli per­forms on stage dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Artists per­form on stage dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter.

Artists per­form on stage dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter.

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