Gulf Bank concludes sponsorship of 29th memorial journey for pearl diving
Gulf Bank successfully concluded its platinum sponsorship of the 29th Memorial Journey for Pearl Diving, which ran from 27 July to 3 August 2017. The journey organized each year by the Committee of the Marine Heritage of the Kuwait Sea Sport Club, took place under the Patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
The return day ceremony ‘Al-Quffal’ a traditional Kuwaiti term used to welcome home sailors from long voyages - was held on 3rd August. The ceremony was attended by Dr Mohammad Abdulatif Al-Fares, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education, representing HH the Amir, along with local dignitaries, ministry representatives, Gulf Bank senior management representatives and friends, families and relatives of the young sailors.
The delegation welcomed back and honored the young Kuwaiti divers and dhow captains, who were upholding Kuwaiti tradition by helping to perpetuate the memory of the long and dangerous journeys Kuwait sailors took to find pearls each year. The sound of traditional Kuwaiti tunes played by a local folkloric group enchanted the crowds as the divers showcased the pearls and shells they had collected during their trip.
The Pearl Diving Memorial Journey is one of the initiatives that Gulf bank sponsors on an annual basis, and forms a key part of its long-term commitment to preserving the heritage and continuing the traditions of Kuwait’s unique past. The Journey aims to remind young Kuwaiti generations of the difficulties and challenges faced by their forefathers in earning a living, along with a message urging these generations to uphold the traditions and values their ancestors developed during that time.
Gulf Bank continues to maintain and strengthen its position as an integral part of the Kuwaiti society. The Bank supports and emphasizes the true Kuwaiti identity and the importance of the Kuwaiti traditions and customs, through sponsoring different of social activities and events.
Dr Mohammad Abdulatif Al-Fares, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education represent HH the Amir during the event.