Plan to revitalize, restore ‘popular cafés’ in Kuwait

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KUWAIT CITY, April 7: The Ministry of Social Affairs, through the newly established Committee for the Development of Popular Cafés, is embarking on a comprehensive plan to revitalize and restore popular cafes scattered across various regions of the country, reports Al-Jarida daily. Initiated by Ministerial Resolution No. 166/2023, the committee is laying out strategies and estimating budgets for this endeavor.

Al-Shamaimari Café in the Sharq region

According to sources familiar with the matter, the committee has outlined a vision for the complete renovation of Suleiman Al-Shamaimari Café in the Sharq region, with an estimated cost of 432 thousand dinars. The Committee has submitted designs and plans for the development of Al- Shamaimari Café, along with a proposed timeline, to the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Chairman of the National Cooperative Projects Committee for approval. Once approved and funded, the café will undergo redevelopment according to contemporary architectural styles while preserving its authentic Kuwaiti heritage, a hallmark of cafes across the country. The Committee will oversee all stages of the café’s development plan, with particular attention to administrative and financial regulations. Proposals for their enhancement will be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval. Additionally, the committee is examining contracts associated with the Café Fund, including investment and maintenance agreements, and will provide recommendations on their management.

Currently, there are five permanent cafes distributed across various governorates, with a sixth temporary café in Sabah Al-Ahmad City. Efforts are underway to secure permanent status for the latter pending approval from the municipal council, underscoring the importance of cafe development in preserving heritage and attracting younger generations. In other news, the national campaign initiated by the Ministry of Social Affairs to collect donations for clearing the debts of debtors has garnered significant support. The campaign, launched in collaboration with several government entities and organizations, has raised a total of 9 million dinars from 20 thousand donors. A substantial contribution of 7 million dinars from Finance House Bank has significantly boosted the campaign’s progress. Abdulaziz Sari, Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry, expressed optimism that donations will exceed 10 million dinars, urging cooperative and charitable societies, foundations, and individuals to contribute generously to alleviate the distress of indebted citizens during the holy month of Ramadan.

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