Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali AlJarrah AlSabah inaugurated on Friday the Gulf Popular Heritage festival in Sabah AlAhmad Heritage Village amid wide participation by state, private, and public bodies.
Following the opening ceremony, Sheikh Ali AJarrah, along with Amiri Diwan Advisor and the Village’s Supervisor Mohammad Sharar, toured the village and inspected many pavilions belongded to the participating bodies, including Kuwait’s cultural pavilion, Artisan Heritage Youth Center; affiliated with Youth Public Authority, and Kuwait shooting club arena.
The threemonth event is held under the auspices of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAhmad AlJaber AlSabah as part of his keenness to provide Kuwaiti and Gulf citizens with the opportunity to enjoy and take part in the festivity’s various activities and events, the Village’s Director Saif AlShallahi told reporters.
AlShallahi valued His Highness the Amir’s sponsorship of the festival, which became one of the major heritage forums in the Gulf region, noting this year’s edition sees wide participation by thousands of contestants in the festival’s contest categories such as camels, birds, horses, and sheep, in addition to other popular contests witn participation of a number of folklore troupes.
The village has seen notable developments in its buildings and squares, particularly the old Kuwait village, he said, adding the place has also expanded its green spaces and enhanced its visitors’ break areas, residencies, and services.
The Village’s supervising committee has provided all facilitations, possibilities, and convenience means to the guests and visitors to enjoy the festival, AlShallahi said, noting the village is known for hosting several heritage museums, markets, restaurants, and cafes.
He called on the public to visit the village and spend fun times with the festival’s cultural and heritage events and contests, noting the events will last until March 1, 2019.