Amir sponsors opening
of Kuwait National Library

  • Amir sponsors opening of Kuwait National Library
  • Amir sponsors opening of Kuwait National Library
  • Amir sponsors opening of Kuwait National Library
  • Amir sponsors opening of Kuwait National Library
  • Amir sponsors opening of Kuwait National Library
  • Amir sponsors opening of Kuwait National Library
  • Amir sponsors opening of Kuwait National Library
  • Amir sponsors opening of Kuwait National Library
  • Amir sponsors opening of Kuwait National Library
  • Amir sponsors opening of Kuwait National Library
  • Amir sponsors opening of Kuwait National Library

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sponsored on Wednesday a ceremony opening Kuwait National Library, attended by a host of senior state officials and dignitaries, and was later taken on a tour of the new landmark by Engineer Farah Al-Sharhan, who also commented on a visual presentation on the project.

The ceremony was attended by His Highnesses the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Parliament Speaker Jassem Mohammad Al-Kharafi, senior Sheikhs, Deputy Chief of the National Guard Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah.

His Highness the Amir was greeted upon arrival to the venue by Minister of Oil and of Information Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad, along with Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Fadhil Safar.

Addressing the officials and dignitaries at the venue, Information Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad started by recalling the role of enlightenment and knowledge in Islam, enshrined in a verse of the Holy Quran which begins with the imperative, "Read." He went on to say that Kuwaiti development always gave priority to promotion of awareness, education, enlightenment, and cultural interaction within its list of objectives. The foundation of the Kuwait National Library through an Amiri Decree in 1994 comes as one more testimony to care given to this aspect of life in Kuwait , he said.

The minister noted that His Highness the Amir inaugurates the library today as the people celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Independence, 20th Anniversary of Liberation, and 5th Anniversary of the Amir's Assumption of Power, and our joy and pride is thus double-fold.

As the state strives to become the regional financial and business hub His Highness the Amir envisages it to be, it is befitting to exert all due effort to maintain the leading stance Kuwait enjoys among supporters of cultural action and interaction, whether in local or regional terms.

Care to culture and enlightenment was never put on the backburner, even as economic concerns dominate the global scene and dictate attitudes and stances. This, the minister added, is in harmony with the state's top priority of "human development" in its strife to achieve its overall development goals.

"Our people, now, have one more landmark to be proud of," and the new institution will aid efforts to catch up with the fervent intellectual race and activity, certainly not less important than economic competition.

The minister recalled some of the renowned Kuwaiti cultural achievements on the Arab region's level, listing Al-Arabi Magazine as a fine example of a sincere effort to spread enlightenment and knowledge. There are also plans to establish cultural centers and theatres in all governorates, as well as an opera house in the capital, to further boost cultural life in Kuwait and best communicate with "the other" culture.

He noted that the first public library was established early in Kuwait 's history, back in 1923, despite the harsh conditions of the times, to quench Kuwaitis' thirst for learning and betterment. More libraries opened one by one, till we saw establishment of the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Letters in 1973, to carry on the march.

The new library, he pointed out, would boast the latest technology and facilities to encourage reading, for all purposes and among all social and age groups, as it seeks to assume a proud standing among leading establishments of its kind in the world, the minister said.

A beacon of learning and testimony to a people's love of enlightenment, the library would serve as a new block in the future cultural infrastructure of Kuwait and a means to further scientific research as well.

Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Fadhil Safar also addressed the audience, choosing to highlight the achievements of the Ministry of Public Works recently, noting, for one, the Amiri Airport less than two years ago.

The minister said accomplishment of this new project and establishment of such landmark reflects the state's care to culture and awareness and enlightenment and all means to secure development in these areas for the public.

He noted that the location of the library is both functional and symbolic, as it sits betwixt the National Assembly building, Seif Palace , and the Court of Justice, the headquarters of the three authorities in the state.

The project had unique merits which qualified it to secure the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) award for best Leisure and Tourism Project in the Gulf Cooperation Council region.

The minister chose to recall other achievements of his ministry, listing works at Boubyan Island to build Mubarak Al-Kabeer Port , Jaber Al-Ahmad Bridge project, the also vital Sabiyya Highway project, and successive projects to develop Kuwait International Airport .

This brief list touches on an overall 332 projects and agreements, with a sum of KD 535 million allocated for projects in the year 2010/2011 alone. Some 43 percent of this sum already went into the financing of projects, he noted.

The minister also stressed the need for the private sector to assume a stronger role in such projects, and said the ministry's data indicates associations and contracts with 58 contractors and agreements with 62 consulting bodies. The bulk of these are local bodies, he said.

The minister wrapped his speech with an expression of thanks to all individuals and parties who contributed to this project, listing, among others, the engineering office, the contractors, ministry engineers overseeing the contractors' progress and activity, and all ministry staff involved.

 

 

 

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