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Sunday , February 23 2020

Need green areas to breathe

Ahmad Al-Sarraf
Al-Seyassah daily published an article written by our friend (the gentleman) Fahd Al-Me’ejel in which he requested HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who’s the most outstanding personality in Kuwait, to intervene and prevent the transformation of the old Ministry of Public Works premises in Mirqab (Kuwait City) to a financial center, as he cares about the environment.

According to the gentleman, the aforementioned area, which is approximately 0.5 kilometers, will be turned into a concrete trap with several buildings containing hundreds of apartments, shopping malls, a hotel and a conference hall.  Kuwait City is not in need of these facilities. Rather, it needs green areas as a matter of urgency.  The Arab Cities Organization suggests that every city should develop about 25 percent of its territory into green areas, as per international standards, in order to increase the production of oxygen.

It’s imperative to review the proposal at this point in time in order to make the best use of the unique location, which might facilitate the making of Kuwait City into a famous capital just like Paris, London and Washington.

We support the viewpoint of the Kuwaiti gentleman who proposes that Mirqab area should be transformed to a magnificent park to give a face-lift to our extravagant concrete capital city, especially as Kuwait Municipality has decided to turn the park at Fahd Al-Salem Street into a parking lot!

Meanwhile, a group of businessmen are making serious attempts to launch the proposed project to secure Kuwait’s need of drinking water in the future through alternative sources that include the purchase of oil transportation ships to import water into Kuwait. The idea is applicable in case any of the desalination plants is exposed to terrorist attack or accident, given that the aforementioned plants are the only sources of drinking water in the country.

I have no personal interest in promoting the project.

However, I think it deserves careful study so as to smooth the progress of implementation if it’s found useful.

Meanwhile, in response to the person who described Kuwait Opera House as a night club, we have received the following text from his relative: When members of Winston Churchill’s government suggested a reduction of arts budget in support of the war, Churchill replied “What are we fighting for?”

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By Ahmad Al-Sarraf

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