His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah placed Kuwait firmly among leading cultural venues in the region with the inauguration on Monday, 31 October, of the futuristic Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Grand Cultural Centre in Kuwait City.
The Amir was received by 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 and the Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr. Bader Al-Essa.
Also present to welcome the Amir were H.H. the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Deputy Chief of the National Guard Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, H.H. Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah, H.H. the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al- Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Acting Oil Minister Anas Al-Saleh, former National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and other senior state officials. The special guest on the occasion was Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al Missned of Qatar.
His Highness the Amir expressed his appreciation for the speedy construction of the venue and the excellent preparations that went into the inauguration ceremony. He said 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.
The cultural activities at the Center’s 2000-seat opera house opened with a stellar performance by renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. Top Kuwaiti singers, artists and performers also took part in the event, which was attended by a large number of local and foreign dignitaries.
The KD225 million Cultural Center is located on a sprawling 214,000 square meter area opposite the seafront in the heart of Kuwait City. It comprises of four buildings, a theatre centre, a music centre, a conference centre and a library for historical documents.
Named after the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad, the Center has four buildings in geometric designs inspired by Islamic architecture and covered with thousands of square meters of titanium shell.