KUWAIT: The opening ceremony of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Heritage Village started yesterday under the patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The event was mainly attended by Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah who was received by Advisor at the Amiri Diwan and General Supervisor of the Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Heritage Village Mohammad Daifallah Sherar.
In a keynote speech, Sherar said the village had been established upon the directives of His Highness the Amir, appreciating the support of the GCC member countries for this heritage facility. He thanked His Highness the Amir for ordering the village to be reflective of all the GCC sons’ amity and belonging, saying they share traditional and historical commonalities.
He also voiced thanks and gratitude to all those who contributed to the successful establishment of this village, especially the GCC countries which have set up impressive pavilions there, along with artists, craftsmen, salesmen and workers. The general supervisor further highly commended the supervisory committee of the village, who actually want nothing but only to serve their nation.
On the project, he elaborated that the village covers more than 25 kilometers and encompasses six separate GCC pavilions, a function hall, 11,000-meter lake, a bazaar, palaces, traditionally-designed gates, restaurants, cafes, sports fields, family tents, gardens and a mosque. He boasted the village as an eye-catching national traditional facility, which is named after His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The sponsors of the opening ceremony of the project were then honored.
Meanwhile, the 6th Gulf Popular Heritage Festival kicked off yesterday under the patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The event is held at the Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Heritage Village amid huge official and popular attendance.
The event is driven by His Highness the Amir’s keenness on offering Kuwaitis and GCC people an opportunity of enjoyment, Deputy Minister of Amiri Diawan Affairs Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah told reporters after the opening.
He lauded the distinguished efforts by the festival’s higher organizer committee and other government and private bodies that created of the Village a landmark tourist site, a source of joy and delight for Kuwaitis and Gulf people. Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah underlined that the Gulf participation led to emergence of heritage museums to be opened in January, reflecting unity among the Gulf states.
In a similar statement, head of the Kuwaiti Farmers Union Hadi Al-Watari said that their pavilion at the festival is ready to offer produce of Kuwaiti farms. He added that the Gulf Popular Heritage Festival bears a social and a national message, namely to disseminate love and brotherhood among the people of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah, Advisor at Amiri Diwan Mohammed Daifallah Sharar, who is also the Village’s General Supervisor, and deputy head of the higher organizer committee Sheikh Sabah Fahd Sabah Al-Nasser Al-Sabah, and senior guests toured the village and opened some of its facilities. – KUNA