Prominent Kuwaiti educationist and businessman Ibrahim Jaber Shuaiber passed away on 22 August, 2016. Announcing his sad demise, the Shuhaiber family said that final rites for the deceased would take place on 24 August at St. Paul’s Church in Ahmadi at 12 noon, followed by burial at Sulaibikhat cemetery.
The family further announced that a three-day period of condolence-acceptance will be held at Sabah Al-Salem, Area 5, Street 1, Block 1, House No. 52, from 5pm to 7pm on 24 August; from 10am to 12 noon and from 4pm to 6pm on 25 August and from 4pm to 6pm on 26 august. May his soul Rest in Peace.
In 1968, Mr. Shuaiber, along with a group of expatriates under the guidance of the then British Cousul, found the English School Fahaheel (ESF) in Mangaf. An enterprising businessman, he was also instrumental in forming several business enterprises in Kuwait.
When ESF opened, more than 48 years ago, there were no English curriculum schools in south Kuwait, with the possible exception of a school run by Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) for children of its employees.
Over the years, ESF has maintained its position as one of the country’s top schools, thanks to its emphasis on high academic standards which has in turn led to consistently excellent exam results.
In 2014, in honor of his contributions to education in Kuwait, Mr. Shuhaiber, as owner and Chairman of ESF, was appointed to the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), which was presented to him by British Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Matthew Lodge. He was also presented the Award of Merit by the British Business Forum for his efforts in upholding excellence in British education.
Speaking on the occasion of receiving the Award of Merit, Mr. Shuhaiber said: “I am extremely proud to have supported the cause of British education in Kuwait for 45 years.” He added, “I always feel so very proud when school alumni return to tell us of their experiences since leaving the school and the success of their careers.”
He attributed the school’s continued success “to the high standard of teachers it has been able to recruit from the UK and to the school’s overall understanding of Kuwaiti culture and traditions.” Excellent academic results and strong links with the community also contribute to sustaining ESF’s popularity.
He was also selected to serve as the Chancelier Commandeur of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international society founded in Paris in 1950. The Kuwait chapter of the Chaîne, which was formed in 1982 and now has nearly a hundred active members, brings together culinary and hospitality professionals and non-professionals who share in the ‘spirit’ of the Society and who appreciate and enjoy its values.