Flames that ripped through a section of Kuwait’s iconic Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center on Monday morning were brought under control by mid-day following concerted efforts by the Kuwait Fire Services Directorate (KFSD). The KFSD said teams from five departments of the directorate working in cohesion had managed to bring the fire under control without loss of any human lives or injuries. A section of the cultural complex suffered material damage that has yet to be estimated.
Kuwait’s latest landmark, the US$770 million futuristic cultural complex, was officially opened under the patronage and in the presence of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in early November, 2016.
The center which opened to the public with a glittering fireworks display has witnessed very few public performances since its inaugural event. The well-known Broadway musical ‘Cats’, which was scheduled to premiere on Thursday, 9 February, was among the first cultural shows slated for the public at the center.
Ticket holders to the show’s six performances from 9 – 12 February, who had brought the tickets as much to see the musical, as to experience the ambiance of the iconic cultural venue will be disappointed if the shows were to be cancelled on account of the fire.