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KUWAIT CITY, March 12: From Sunday, March 13, the Salaam Palace Museum will resume welcoming visitors, after a two-year closure due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, to experience a unique time journey that takes them through history, using the latest means and modern technologies, that can leave the visitors amazed, as it extends to more than 300 years of the history of the State of Kuwait, reports Aljarida daily. The palace, the first phase of which was built by the late Amir Sheikh Saad Al- Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, used as a residential palace in the late 1950s. After the independence of the State of Kuwait on June 19, 1961, there was a need for a guesthouse to receive the state’s guests. The late Amir Sheikh Abdullah Al- Salem Al-Sabah had commissioned the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who was Minister of Finance at the time, to complete the construction of the palace and transform it into a guesthouse to receive his first guests in 1964.
Throughout the 26 years of prosperity, he received more than 166 visitors who included emperors, kings, princes, heads of state and important personalities. During the brutal Iraqi invasion in 1990, the palace was completely destroyed and was left neglected for 23 years until 2013 when a vision was put forward by the Historical Documents Center and the museums and libraries of the Amiri Diwan, which was entrusted with the task of collecting the documented and undocumented history of Kuwait from various sources around the world, as well as the task of designing and implementing the museum. This is due to the fact that it holds an important historical position for the state. After seven years of continuous work, the establishment of the museum was completed to include three historical museums under one roof. They are: –
1. The history of the Salaam Palace
2. The history of Kuwait through its rulers
3. The history of the civilizations that inhabited the land of Kuwait
On April 29, 2019, the palace was inaugurated under the patronage and in the presence of the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. For more information about the Salaam Palace Museum, visit the website – http:// www.aspm.com.kw