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New state-of-the-art $775mn Cultural Centre opened

The Sheikh JAber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (SJAAC), worth $775mn, designed by SSH, is one of the leading master-planning infrastructure and building design firms in the Middle East that has been opened in Kuwait.

The new facility will showcase performing arts and create a world-class theatre in a spacious parkland setting, and together with Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Center, it would form the new National Cultural District of Kuwait.

The Cultural Centre includes performing arts centre, concert halls, music centre, cinemas, historical documents centre, conference centre, libraries, parks and fountains. The project, which has been procured on a design-build basis, was completed within 22 months. SSH was the lead architecture and engineering designer for the project, working with world-renowned specialists in lighting, acoustics, theatre engineering and historical archives.

The four jewel-styled buildings are likely to be the centrepieces of the new cultural district in Central Kuwait, in proximity to historic Flag Square, said the top master planner in its statement.

The buildings will create a new architectural reference for Middle East. Its technical and multi-functional theatres will make it one of the state-of-the-art performing venues in the world.

The centre is a cultural milestone for Kuwait, and a world-class building for ceremony, celebration, artistic expression, which places the country on the world map for cultural projects. It will also host various cultural events including theatre, music, film, workshops and spoken word.

The SSH Executive Partner, Sadoon Al Essa, said that it has been a challenge to complete the design and construction of a project of this size and complexity in 22 months.

According to SSH CEO, Bob Hope, despite the challenging time frame, the project has been designed to match international quality standards.

The project launch ceremony kicked-off with a performance by legendary tenor singer, Andrea Boccelli, followed by three of the most famous singers in the Middle East, Abdullah Al Rouwaished, Nabil Shoeil and Nawal, apart from several Kuwait performances and popular Kuwaiti artists.

The interior design of these spaces has been created to complement the function of each space and capture the soul of every performance when engaging the audience. The launch ceremony culminated in a fabulous fire work display to celebrate the opening of the SJAAC.

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