Announcing the official launch of Kuwait's Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah described the national sports venue as an "exceptional sports monument." "With the blessings of Allah, we announce the opening of this huge sports edifice, Jaber Al-Ahmad International," he said in his inauguration speech while attending the event.
"We congratulate our athletes, daughters and sons, on this exceptional sports monument and wish them all success and further accomplishments that raise Kuwait's flag at different regional and international events.
"We pray to Allah that he keep our dear nation safe, secure and prosperous and our days filled with joy and laughter," he said.
His announcement was followed by a magnificent display of pyrotechnics that lit up the skies of the Gulf nation, ahead of a match between a global star-studded side and a Kuwait all-stars team.
His Highness the Amir arrived to much fanfare and was welcomed to the venue by a host of officials, namely the Information Minister and State Minister for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah.
Other officials included State Minister for Cabinet affairs and acting Minister of Electricity and Water and organising committee chief Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.
Also the Amiri Diwan's Financial and Administrative chief and deputy organising committee head Abdulaziz Saud Ishaq and Chairman and Director General of the Public Authority for Sports Sheikh Ahmad Mansour Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
The event is being witnessed by a number of officials, namely His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, senior sheikhs, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, His Highness 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 Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Minister for Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah.
Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Acting Minister of Oil Anas Al-Saleh, sports ministers and heads of sports Gulf Cooperation Council bodies, GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al-Zayani and senior officers in the armed forces, police and National Guard.