(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY, May 13, (KUNA): His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak AlHamad Al-Sabah has given instructions to put the islands attached to the recently-inaugurated Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah causeway for investment.
In a press statement on Monday, Government Spokesman Tariq Al- Mazram stated that His Highness the Premier asked the cabinet to take all required legal and administrative measures to speed up the process of offering the two islands for entertainment and touristic investment to specialized companies listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange.
This decision was taken out of a deep belief in the private sector's pivotal role as a partner in developing the economic and tourism sectors in Kuwait and the implementation of the New Kuwait-2035 Vision, he clarified. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah inaugurated Sheikh Jaber Al- Ahmad Causeway on May 1. The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Project, one of the country's massive projects going down in history as that fourth longest bridge worldwide.
Sheikh Jaber Bridge shortens the distance between Kuwait City and Subiya area, initially driving 104 kilometers in 90 minutes, to a shortcut of about 37.5 kilometers in less than 30 minutes. The bridge project including the construction of two artificial islands of 280,000 sq m each; near Kuwait city and the second near Subiya.
Meanwhile, Kuwaiti Zakat House Director General Mohammad Al-Otaibi said on Monday the honoring of his charity by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) helps in manifesting Kuwait's local and global humanitarian role. He said in a press statement following a meeting with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah that this honoring would contribute to promoting His Highness the Amir's message as a humanitarian leader.
He said he was honored to meet with His Highness the Amir and to listen to his directives in this regard, giving the charity a push to exert more efforts in the humanitarian realm. He boasted that Zakat House's revenues hit roughly KD 62 million (USD 204.6 million) in 2018, of which KD 44 million (USD 145.2 million) have been spent inside Kuwait and KD 18 million (59.4 million) outside Kuwait. External beneficiaries included Syrian, Rohingya and Yemeni people, he said, pointing out the execution of projects there like wells, orphanages, schools and clinics. Domestic beneficiaries are around 31,000 families annually, including 2,400 families which need monthly aid, Al- Otaibi added.