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Emir of Kuwait - an Illustrious Leader in the Arab World

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Currently in Kuwait, a small state surrounded by emerald-green waters of the Persian Gulf, there are ongoing active preparations for celebrating the 90th birthday of its Emir, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The current energetic ruler of Kuwait, or the pearl of the Persian Gulf as the nation is sometimes called, will really turn 90 on 16 June 2019.

Undoubtedly, the Emir is one of the most intelligent, experienced, and, crucially, the wisest of leaders among the heads of state in the world. Anyone who has ever communicated with the Emir of Kuwait even for a short time invariably points out his wonderful personal qualities, such as nobility, honesty, devotion to duty, a sense of justice, his concern for Kuwaiti residents and noblesse oblige. We should also add a number of professional characteristics to this list (which the author has noted while working and meeting with the Emir), such as his outstanding analytical skills; the capacity to quickly and accurately find his footing in a complex environment; his ability to find counter arguments to someone else’s opinion; his political wisdom; expertise, and professionalism when making the right decisions.

Incidentally, the current Emir and all of his predecessors come from the Sabah family, a part of the Arab Bani Utbah tribe, which migrated north from Najd (Saudi Arabia) at the beginning of the 18th century. At first, the Sabah family settled in the Iraqi city of Um Qasr, but it was expelled from there by the Ottoman forces. From Um Qasr they moved to a small town / village of Kuwait, where they allied themselves with other Bani Utbah family clans, i.e. Al Khalifa, Al Thani and Al Jalahma. In 1716, these families signed an agreement to allocate responsibilities and spheres of activity among the clans. According to this pact, the Sabah family was now responsible for the security in the town/village of Kuwait and collection of taxes in this region. Thus, the administrative powers over the town and the clan were now in their hands. In the middle of the 18th century, the........

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