His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah with the media delegation
Huge celebration set for Saturday Constitution joy

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 8: The Minister of Information held a press conference on Thursday afternoon announcing the details of the celebration that will take place on Saturday to commemorate Kuwait’s 50th Constitution Day.

Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah was there along with a team of the main organizing figures of the celebration, including Yousef Al-Khadah from the Department of Transportation, Sheikh Mubarak Al-Sabah, in charge of security organization, Ra’fat Abdel Salam from the Ministry of Interior and Osama Al-Duaij, Assistant Secretary General at the Council of Ministers. They were present to provide all the information required about the celebration and all the processes and procedures needed for it to unfold.

Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah began by thanking those involved for their efforts and the press for their presence and concern, stating that, “The event on 10/11 is going to be a huge event that has been in planning for the past four months, in cooperation with various international companies. It can be said that what will occur is not simply a display of fireworks, but will be nothing short of a spectacle.”

Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah stated that the celebration will take place starting 2:30 pm and will end at 10:00 pm. He added that 25 different companies and organizations had been involved in the planning of the events of the day, and over 1,000 young Kuwaitis had volunteered for the day, to serve refreshments, provide information, brochures, etc. The celebration would see a great deal of surprises, most notably one in which the Guinness World Record would be present to witness the breaking of a record unfold at the celebration.

The KD 4.163 million budgeted celebration would see surprises taking places in the sea, sky and land. Moreover, printouts of the constitution would be disseminated, and a commemorative coin has been released by the Central Bank of Kuwait.

The Gulf Road will be closed beginning Friday night at 9 pm from the Shaab intersection to the Dasman palace intersection, as well as on the day of the celebration.

The celebration is taking place from the Kuwait Towers to Green Island over nine phases spread over 4.5 km, designed to make it easier for families to meet and circulate. All access will be blocked to the Gulf Road except for pedestrian access, and there will be golf carts on the Corniche.

Several pedestrian pick up points are designated around Kuwait marked by yellow squares and denoted on a map that is available on the Ministry of Interior website. These will serve as pick-up points for 80 shuttle buses that will travel from the pick-up points to the Gulf Road and back to deliver people throughout the celebration. It is recommended that people are picked up at the same drop-off point on the Gulf Road once they are exiting, to guarantee reaching the same pick-up point that they were picked up at.

As for the security measures, the coastal area of the sea has been off limits to boats beginning Thursday, and will remain so throughout the celebration. Security forces will be instated through the procession of the Gulf Road, as well as throughout Kuwait and near the pick-up points. There is a specified protection area, as well as a large field hospital, and 24 paramedics available throughout the route. Also, should an emergency occur during the celebration, people are requested to contact the hotline 1880888.

As for broadcasting, before the celebration it is recommended that people tune into Kuwait Television and Radio to learn all the information prior to going and about any events taking place. During the events, there will be screens all along the route to inform people of any messages or announcements during the celebration. There will also be speakers throughout to coordinate the sounds effects with the celebration.

In addition, each zone will have two information booths, providing people with any information or assistance required. Visitors are notified to be aware that there are no benches or chairs available throughout the corniche, but that they may bring chairs of their own.

However, while the area is strictly closed to cars, should an elderly/disabled person wish to be dropped off at a certain point, it is recommended that their families/companions notify those at the information desks for advice. Moreover, people are advised that in mass gatherings anywhere it is common that telecommunication lines are dropped. Should anyone wish to make a phone call, there will be special lines available at the Information Desks. Furthermore, while the celebrations begin at 2:30 pm, it is recommended that people arrive early.

In addition, there will be a special point during the celebration honoring the former late Amir, HH Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, where a recording of his will be played. In addition, the final touches are being added to a Constitution Museum which will be opened. Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah added that the celebration was held in coincidence with the elections to affirm national unity, but that measures had been taken to ensure that elections are not delayed.

Furthermore, concerning current events, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah reaffirmed the government’s position regarding boycotters, stating that while boycotting is a legitimate right, people should also have a right to vote, and that the government does not hold a personal opinion outside that which is dictated in the law, but that history has proven that the main proponent that loses out from boycotting are the boycotters themselves.

Regarding the Amir’s choice to pass the decree now, whilst there had been those who claimed it was done purposefully to exclude certain people from the decision-making process within parliament, he requested that people (particularly the press) look and analyze the facts as they unfold before they disseminate or suggest certain information, adding that there is a third component within this decision making process, and that is the Administrative Court.

Regarding allegations that the government has been pressuring certain nominees in the upcoming elections, he stated that no illegal measures had been taken to pressure any nominees, but that, speaking for himself, he has personal relations, and these were bound to affect the outcome of events.
Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah added that in the next week an emergency decree would emerge regarding support small businesses in Kuwait, in response to requests for more decrees addressing the issues of young Kuwaitis.

Further, with regards to allegations as to foreign forces instigating tensions in current events, he stated that we live in an age where rumors become truth and the truth is lost, and that his job was simply to state the government’s position and leave analysis to the viewer/listener’s own intellect, but that the friendly relations Kuwait holds with ally countries is a red line, and any elements that attempted to overstep with would be dealt with through the according legal procedures.

Moreover, concerning the allegations that said forces had illegally leaked military information, he stated that this was true, and that legal procedures are already being taken against these forces.

He also confirmed the news that three SMS news services has been suspended by the Ministry of Communications, stating that previously SMS news services have not been monitored and that there is no apparatus to do so as yet, but that one is being developed to ensure the end to the dissemination of incorrect information. He added, however, that while this could be done, the Ministry of Information has no power over the information exchanged on the internet, as this does not fall under their jurisdiction and there is no way to monitor it, and as such it is the responsibility of other sides.

Furthermore, concerning rumors that oppositional members, who have now begun joining the elections and nominating themselves, but are stating that they may also attempt to prevent others from voting, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah stated that the government welcomes any democratic practices within a legal framework, but that any attempts to work outside this frame would be met with the appropriate legal repercussions.

By: Joana Saba Arab Times Staff

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