Crown Prince grants audience to Kuwait ministers

HIS Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), yesterday consented to receive in audience the State of Kuwait’s Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and Minister of State for Planning and Development Affairs as well as the Minister of State for Housing Affairs before hearing a briefing on the planning and development of Kuwait, according to a press release from the PMO.

Upon arrival at the Ministry of Planning and Development Affairs of the State of Kuwait, His Royal Highness was welcomed by Hind Subaih Barrak Al-Subaih, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and Minister of State for Planning and Development Affairs, and Yasser Hassan Abul, the Minister of State for Housing Affairs, both of whom His Royal Highness later consented to receive in audience. Shortly afterwards, His Royal Highness received a pesambah from Hind Subaih Barrak Al-Subaih. His Royal Highness then also consented to present a souvenir to the minister.

The audience ceremony was followed by a briefing on Kuwait’s five-year development plan given by General Secretary Dr Adel Al-Weqyan, a briefing on the Statistical Data of Kuwait’s Development Plan presented by Dr Abdullah Sahar, General Manager of the Central Statistical Bureau, and a briefing on Housing Plans by Al-Nomas.

His Royal Highness then consented to make a visit to the Development Division of the ministry that is responsible for the development plan’s implementation. His Royal Highness was also presented a pesambah by Dr Adel Al-Weqyan and in return consented to present a gift to the General Secretary.

Shortly after this visit, His Royal Highness consented to attend a luncheon in the afternoon at Al Boom Restaurant, Radisson Blu Hotel, hosted by Counsellor Nasser Abdullah Mishari Al-Rawdhwan, the Chief of the Mission of Honour as Minister-in-Attendance.

After the luncheon, His Royal Highness then consented to visit ‘Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiyyah’ or the House of Islamic Antiques. Upon arrival, His Royal Highness was greeted by Osama Abdullhameed Al-Balhan, the Director of Public Relations, then proceeded to view a variety of antique displays.

The Al-Sabah antiques collection began in 1975 as a hobby of Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and his wife Sheikha Hussah Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah. In 1983, as the collection was growing, it had transferred to its new location at the Kuwait National Museum. The collection has now grown to more than 20,000 objects representing different chronological and geographical points from the Islamic world. Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiyyah has gained much appreciation and recognition in international museum circles as one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Islamic art.

After seeing the exhibition, His Royal Highness consented to a photo session and also to sign a Visitor’s Book.

His Royal Highness also received in audience Marzouq Al-Ghanim, Speaker of the National Assembly, at the Diwaniya Room, Jahra 1, Bayan Palace, yesterday afternoon. Marzouq Al-Ghanim was elected as the Speaker of the National Assembly in 2006. The Kuwait National Assembly, also known as the Majlis Al-Umma, has 50 members of parliament representing five electoral districts in the State of Kuwait.

Accompanying His Royal Highness yesterday were Counsellor Nasser Abdullah Mishari Al-Rawdhwan, Dato Paduka Awg Hj Ali bin Hj Apong, Deputy Minister at the PMO, and Pengiran Hj Mustapha bin Pg Hj Aliuddin, the Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the State of Kuwait. - Borneo Bulletin (12 March 2014)