Boule­vard Park new ad­di­tion for res­i­dents of Kuwait: Min­is­ter

‘Project re­sult of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Nawara Fat­ta­hova

The Boule­vard Park in Salmiya is unique, as it is a real es­tate, com­mer­cial, touris­tic and en­ter­tain­ment project con­sist­ing of 90 per­cent green space, and pro­vides a great shop­ping and din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence too. Park­ing is not a prob­lem, with its huge park­ing lot. Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter Ah­mad Al-Jas­sar said Boule­vard is a new ad­di­tion for the res­i­dents of Kuwait. “This project is a re­sult of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors to de­velop Kuwait,” he said dur­ing the park’s launch cer­e­mony yes­ter­day.

The gov­ern­ment is en­cour­ag­ing the pri­vate sec­tor to par­tic­i­pate in ex­e­cut­ing in­vest­ment projects that will boost the na­tional econ­omy and the com­mu­nity. “The gov­ern­ment has pro­vided fa­cil­i­ties for com­pa­nies by elim­i­nat­ing ob­sta­cles to sup­port them and at­tract new in­vest­ments. This also cre­ated a suit­able en­vi­ron­ment for in­vest­ing ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional cri­te­ria, which strength­ens the role of the pri­vate sec­tor in im­prov­ing the na­tional econ­omy,” said Jas­sar, who is also the act­ing min­is­ter of awqaf and min­is­ter of pub­lic works.

The Boule­vard is a model of fu­ture parks. “The Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Agri­cul­tural Af­fairs and Fish Re­sources worked for many years to re­al­ize this park. More parks will be built in the fu­ture as part of the ‘greeni­fi­ca­tion’ plan to add en­vi­ron­men­tal value, in ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment and touris­tic fa­cil­i­ties,” he pointed out.

This project was de­signed ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional qual­ity stan­dards on a 20-year in­vest­ment sys­tem. “Boule­vard is con­sid­ered a green oa­sis in the mid­dle of the crowded city, and it de­creases pol­lu­tion and im­proves the cli­mate. It also in­cludes com­mer­cial, ser­vice and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties, which will at­tract young peo­ple to spend their free time here,” con­cluded Jasser.

Ad­wan Al-Ad­wani, Chair­man of the Al-Salmiya Group Com­pany for En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment, noted that Boule­vard pro­vides ac­tiv­i­ties for all age cat­e­gories. “We didn’t for­get the dis­abled as well, and equipped the park with suit­able fa­cil­i­ties for them. Due to the wide green spa­ces, the park presents an ideal en­vi­ron­ment for walk­ing and jog­ging in the midst of beau­ti­ful views of trees, two lakes, a river and fields for cricket, foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and ten­nis,” he stated.

“The Boule­vard also in­cludes a shop­ping mall with many in­ter­na­tional brands and var­i­ous cafes. Fur­ther­more, there are more res­tau­rants out­side the mall and games for kids, both in­door and out­door. Vis­i­tors can en­ter the park from seven gates, and we have pro­vided 2,000 park­ing spa­ces for their ve­hi­cles,” said Ad­wani. “As part of our so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, we have a ‘Lobby’ project that pro­vides stores of suit­able space at nom­i­nal rents to en­cour­age small en­ter­prises of young Kuwaitis and help them launch their projects,” he added.

— Pho­tos by Joseph Sha­gra

KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter Ah­mad Al-Jas­sar of­fi­cially opens the Boule­vard Park.

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