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Kuwait launches $775mn Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre

Kuwait has inaugurated the $775mn Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (SJAAC) – the stunning centrepiece of a new cultural district in central Kuwait City, close to historic Flag Square.

The SSH-designed building was officially launched with a performance by legendary Italian tenor Andrea Boccelli and performances from three of the most famous singers in the Middle East, Abdullah Al Rouwaished, Nabil Shoeil and Nawal.

SSH was the lead architecture and engineering designer working with the world’s renowned specialists in lighting, acoustics, theatre engineering and historical archives.

The Cultural Centre includes a performing arts centre, music centre, conference centre, historical documents centre as well as libraries, parks, and fountains.

SSH’s Executive Partner Sadoon Al Essa, said: “It was a challenge for us to complete the design and construction of a project of this size and complexity in 22 months. This achievement was made possible by the Amiri Diwan’s intervention in expediting the project and overcoming obstacles.”

Bob Hope, CEO of SSH, added: “Successfully delivering this world class project makes me immensely proud of the SSH team. We have designed to the highest international quality standards within such a challenging time frame. I hope that this achievement makes SSH the ‘Consultant of Choice’ and the Region’s ‘Go to Guys’ for future world class cultural and heritage projects.”

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