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[18 December 2014] : His Highness the Amir congratulates Qatari Amir on National Day
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable to the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, congratulating him on Qatar's National Day, when the State founder, Sheikh Jassem Bin Mohammad Al-Thani, assumed the country's leadership.
 
[18 December 2014] : His Highness the Amir congratulates Niger on National Day
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has addressed a cable of congratulations to the President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou on his country's National Day.
 
[17 December 2014] : Amiri Diwan official attends North Korea's Kim Jong Il commemoration
Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah paid a visit to the embassy of North Korea in Kuwait to commemorate the third anniversary of the passing away of former leader Kim Jong Il.

Sheikh Ali conveyed gestures of condolence from His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
 
[17 December 2014] : His Highness Amir receives Journey of Hope caretakers
His Highness Amir receives Journey of Hope caretakers
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, with the attendance of His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, received Board of Trustees and caretakers of the "Journey of Hope" at Bayan Palace Wednesday.

His Highness the Amir lauded the efforts exerted by the journey officials and team to convey to the world the noble message of caring for people with special needs and Kuwait's experience in this regard. His Highness the Amir wished the journey's team more success in their mission.

For his part, the Journey's Board of Trustees' Secretary and CEO Yusuf Al-Jassem thanked His Highness the Amir for his unlimited support to people with special needs and to the around-the-world expedition.

He noted that the "Journey of Hope" boat sailed from Kuwait on the 1st of May and passed through 46 ports and over 20 countries.
Over 22 celebratory events were held at intervals in all ports en route with a view to unifying people of all cultures and religions towards a collective effort to care for and benefit those with intellectual disability everywhere, he said.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Amir Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah.
 
[17 December 2014] : Philippines President congratulates His Highness Amir on UN honoring
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received on Wednesday a cable of congratulations from the President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III for naming His Highness the Amir a "Humanitarian Leader" and Kuwait a "Humanitarian Center" by the United Nations on September 9 in New York.

In his cable, Aquino commended the great philanthropic efforts exerted by His Highness the Amir locally and internationally.

Meanwhile, His Highness the Amir sent a reply cable thanking the President of the Philippines for his warm greetings that reflect great bilateral ties.
 
[17 December 2014] : His Highness Amir attends His Highness Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Informatic Award
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sponsored and attended the ceremony held Wednesday at Bayan Palace to honor the winners of the 14th edition of His Highness Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Informatic Award.

His Highness the Amir was warmly received at the avenue by Head of the Award's Board of Trustees Sheikha Aida Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah and members of the organizing committee.
The ceremony was also attended by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, former National Assembly speaker Jassim Mohammad Al-Kharafi, 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 Affairs Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah, and senior officials.

The ceremony began with playing the national anthem, and then reciting verses of the holy Quran.

Afterwards, Sheikha Aida gave a speech in which she highlighted the importance of the award in building a society of knowledge and creativity as well as in elevating the name of Kuwait high.

She also expressed gratitude for His Highness the Amir's patronage of the award and voiced pride of the recent UN honoring and proclamation of His Highness the Amir as a "Humanitarian Leader" and of Kuwait as a "Humanitarian center".

Then a documentary about the UN honoring of the His Highness the Amir was displayed.

Member of the Award's Higher Organizing Committee Hassan Al-Hamadi said that the His Highness Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Award is keen on delivering its mission of encouraging creativity and excellence in information technology.

The Award is playing an important role in the development of society and spreading of knowledge, he added.

He noted that among the winners of this edition is the American engineer Steven J. Sasson who invented the digital camera in 1975.

For his part, Sasson voiced appreciation of Kuwait, His Highness Amir and the Award's Organizing Committee for honoring him.

Organizing Committee Member Bassam Al-Shimmeri also delivered a speech highlighting the main stages in the history of the award and its development.

He pointed out that this year's edition board of jurists, which comprises 11 Arab figures, including four representing the e-governments of the UAE, Oman, Kuwait and Jordan, along with four others from Arab research and academic institutions. It also includes two from Kuwait, one from Saudi Arabia and another from Egypt, in addition to three others of civil associations from Tunisia, Bahrain and Palestine.

He added that ten winners of the award will be honored for best websites and applications in the Arab world, including five with the mostly browsed websites in the Arab countries, along with five of leading smart applications.

The top websites' winners are the e-government of Bahrain, the Qatari airways, a Jordanian medical website (WebTab), Al-Jazeera News Network (Al-Jazeera net) and Abu Dhabi's e-government portal.

He noted the winners of the best applications, topped by the Jordanian medical app WebTab, Dubai police app, a Kuwaiti personalized news feed (Nabd) app, the UAE transport department app and the Saudi University of Kind Saud's Ayat Al-Quran app.

Then His Highness the Amir handed the winners their awards and expressed them more success and prominence.

The event concluded with granting an honorary shield to the sponsor of the ceremony, His Highness the Amir.
 
[17 December 2014] : His Highness Amir receives CBK's governor
His Highness Amir receives CBK's governor
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received here on Wednesday at Bayan Palace the governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) Dr. Mohammad Youssef Al-Hashel.
 
[17 December 2014] : His Highness the Amir receives senior officials
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received on Wednesday at Bayan Palace His highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

His Highness the Amir also received His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
 
[17 December 2014] : His Highness the Amir congratulates Bhutan on national day
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable of congratulations Wednesday to Bhutan's King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, on his country's national day.
 
[16 December 2014] : His Highness The Amir meets organizer of GFBF2014
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah met with head of the higher organizing committee of the Gulf Family Business Forum (GFBF2014) Yousef Khaled Al-Marzouq at Bayan Palace on Tuesday.

His Highness the Amir lauded efforts made by the Gulf countries to accomplish common hopes and aspirations in many economic domains.

Al-Marzouq, who was accompanied by some participants in the fourm, expressed his appreciation to His Highness the Amir's sponsorship and support in many developmental projects across the Gulf region, especially those handled by the private sector.

He added that the event provides a great opportunity to discuss various realms in economic cooperation among the GCC countries.

On his part, First Vice President of the Federation of the GCC Chambers Abdulrahman Al-Otaishan said that around 420 gulf family business exist in the Gulf region, forming 80 percent of the GCC countries capital. He added that this number has an undeniably great impact on enhancing the region's economy.

Meanwhile, Kuwaiti businessman Jawad Bukhamseen called for setting up laws for family business that cannot be effected by any disputes or disagreements.

Saudi Businessman Zohair Al-Sarraj also encouraged enhancing the role of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development in supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to achieve an economic and trade vision in the Arab World.
 
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