Hala February Festival commenced late Thursday with a big concert which also seen the honoring poetess Sheikha Suad Al-Sabah in recognition of her role in enriching the Arab culture and serving the society.
Commenting on the start of the festival, Minister of Information Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah said that the beginning of the event was excellent with the participation of singer Magda Al-Roumi and the honoring of Dr. Sheikha Suad Al-Sabah for her distinguished artistic works.
Sheikh Salman, also Minister of State for Youth Affairs, hoped that the festival could enhance domestic tourism in order to develop both artistic and cultural work in Kuwait.
Minister Salman thanked the organizing committee for its efforts for the successful launch of the festival.
For his part, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah emphasized that the festival has a special taste for Kuwaitis as it coincides with the country celebrations of the national days.
Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who was honored by the UU as a "Humanitarian Leader" last year, 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 on the start of the festival.
For her part, Dr. Sheikha Suad told KUNA that any honoring to her is an honoring to the late Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, her husband." "He supported and helped me learn culture and sciences," she noted.
"I thanked first and foremost His Highness the Amir who has a distinguished role in humanitarian action. I also extend my gratitude to my homeland and all Kuwaitis who helped me," she said.
Sheikha Suad contributed to enriching Arab poetry and literature through writing a collection of poems and several articles.