KUWAIT: In commemoration of the first-year anniversary of the late Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and in honor of his exemplary works through the years, Al-Hamra Real Estate Company recently launched an exhibition at Al-Hamra Shopping Center. The retrospective exhibition highlights His Highness the late Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s life’s journey, some of his memorable milestones and recognizes his positive role as a humanitarian leader and as the ‘Dean of Arab diplomacy’ by displaying rare photographs and footages for visitors to explore.
In collaboration with prominent local talent, Jassim F Al-Nashmi, founder of Manmade Studio, designer, architect and artist, the brand identity and title of the exhibition is called Tabassar or ‘Enlighten’, which was inspired by the memorable words of the late Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah during one of his notable speeches, in which he reflected on the many blessings bestowed upon Kuwait and shared his gratitude to the Almighty for security, safety, stability, peace, tranquility, well-being and a good life.
Al-Hamra Real Estate in collaboration with Nashmi started with the idea for the retrospective exhibition one year ago, soon after the demise of the beloved late Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, by listening to his final public announcement which starts with the word Tabassar, which urges his children of Kuwait to not only observe what is happening in the world today, but also have an outlook on things to come. Pearls of wisdom which the late Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has reiterated in his previous speeches. This led to the design of the title which takes the shape of the human eye, manifested through typography.
The late Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah proved to be the embodiment of Tabassar, who, through diligent leadership, practices, perseverance and care, fostered national prosperity and became a formidable pillar of the community. Hence, the exhibition pays tribute to the essence of the late Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s legacy and brings to life his significant role in Kuwait’s development, and, at accelerating progress in the various sectors, shaping the country’s social and economic growth that is widely acclaimed and admired across the world today.
To achieve a successful launch of the historical timeline dated from his childhood in 1929 until his demise in the year 2020 (may his soul rest in peace) that chronicles his career and the proud heritage the late Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah left his country and future generations, Al-Hamra Real Estate Company sought the expertise of renowned national talents – Engineer Maha Alessa – independent researcher and specialized museum educator, who was the curator of the exhibition, and Dr Abdullah Al-Najdi, Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary History at the College of Arts from Kuwait University.
The visitors of Al-Hamra Shopping Center, after reading the exhibition statement “Enlighten”; enter the circular gallery space with rounded edges known as the ‘time capsule’, where they can take a stroll through time and witness the late Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s beginnings and lasting achievements and experiences locally, regionally, and internationally, highlighted in a chronological fashion and through walking in a circular motion to echo the movement of a clock dial. Each photo frame is made of smooth curves that feel light and graceful, treating the photos as precious artefacts, because they are rare and valuable photographs that need to be viewed with the utmost care and attention. The color palette is white and gold which represents purity and royalty.
The exhibition will be live until the end of 2021. Visitors can browse through a select collection of memoirs and biographies on the late Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, contributed by notable members of the society and authors such as Dr Abdullah Al-Ghunaim, Abdullah Bishara, Abdullah Abbas Buwair, as well as by the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
Sheikh Faisal Ahmad Al-Abdullah Al-Khalifa Al-Sabah, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al-Hamra Real Estate Company commented during the opening of the exhibition, that,” This is a rewarding moment for Al-Hamra Real Estate Company, as we honor and mark the footsteps of our late Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (may God have mercy on him) who paved the way for a future that all generations can be proud of.
This exhibition stands as a reminder of the powerful impact he had on the world around us and how his ambitions for a better Kuwait profoundly transformed the nation for many segments of society. The late Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was a true visionary, pioneer and symbol of generosity who played a critical role in many movements and projects such as the pursuit for women’s rights to vote, formation of Kuwait’s foreign policy, Arab unity and philanthropic causes, that have left a dynamic impression everywhere.”
“On behalf of everyone at Al-Hamra Real Estate Company, I would also like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to those who contributed to the success of the exhibition, dedicated their resources and efforts, and shared in our vision to build an experience that celebrates the name and legacy of our late Amir, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. I would like to thank and acknowledge the efforts of the Al Diwan Al Amiri, Dar Salwa, prominent Kuwaiti sculptor, Sami Mohammed, Kuwait Oil Company, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Al-Jarida, Al-Qabas, Al-Anbaa, Al-Rai and KUNA.
“We invite everyone to visit the exhibition at Al-Hamra Shopping Center and enjoy the tribute to the late Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who was an extraordinary man and iconic ruler, and, who through his outstanding contributions and inspirational leadership, forged exceptional diplomatic ties, peace and brought aid to the region and the world.”