The Standing Committee of the Arab Culture of the Arab League has named Kuwait City as the 'Capital of Arab Culture of 2022' in recognition of its significant role in promoting Arab culture. Kuwait plans a plethora of cultural activities to coincide with the celebrations of the event, Member of the Standing Committee and External Cultural Relations official at Kuwait's National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) Mohammad Abdulkhaleq bin Redha said following his participation of the meeting of the Arab committee.
He stated that the planned activities include supporting creative initiatives that aim to show the richness of Kuwait's cultural heritage and modern cultural achievements. Bin Redha unveiled that the conferees have also chosen ruler of Al-Sharjah Sheikh Sultan Al-Qassemi as the "Arab Cultural Symbol" of 2016.
He added that they have also tasked a panel to formulate a new Arab covenant for cultural rights and a vision for the joint Arab cultural action. This is the second time Kuwait City is chosen as a Capital of Arab Culture, as the first was in 2001. The Arab Capital of Culture is an initiative taken by the Arab League in 1997 under the UNESCO Cultural Capitals Program to promote and celebrate Arab culture and encourage cooperation in the Arab region.