Kuwait was always the center of growth and modernization in the past. It has contributed throughout the gulf region various buildings, schools, and hospitals. It was also the refuge for vacation for various parts of the world. It had one of the richest sea fronts in the world, and had ample opportunity to grow even further. Kuwait probably was the first in building commercial airports, airfield and airplanes, the first skating ring, the first private grocery store, the first innovative outlet or mall. All beautiful and wonderful achievement to Kuwait’s credit, which earned Kuwait the name “The Pearl of the Gulf”, and “The Arabian London.”
With wealth and shift of power, with men being men, with greed and excessive and uncontrolled control, Kuwait unfortunately started to deteriorate and wither as the leaves in the fall, whither and fall away. Unholy men were considered holy, with cabinet officials off to their own needs, and key positions awarded to non-credible individuals. The balance of power started to shift, and the country stopped growing and advancing as the potential it was awarded by law, people, and nature, started to fade, until there was no light.
Thirty years later, Kuwait is struggling from within, like a chick hatching its way out of its egg, or a caterpillar shedding its cocoon to spread its wing and fly like a butterfly would; Kuwait will emerge again. The law of the land is prevailing, the people have better understanding of democracy, the government understand better the mistakes they have made, and the people have not to blame but themselves for the outcome. Aside from the Mishref scandal, and electricity shortages, and the fight for land and licenses and the misdirection of where Kuwait is heading, and the confusion between whether Kuwait is a socialist or a capitalist; Kuwait came up with two positive flares, or beacons of hope: “Thikhir” a team of educated young individuals getting restructured to help build the country, and the “Tanmiya” or re-growth (prosperity) projects such as: The Jaber hospital, the 1st ring road, Fourth oil refinery, Mubarek port and much more.
I believe that Kuwait, Kuwaiti People, Kuwaiti Governments, and Kuwait Royal Family, along with Kuwait democracy all fought for the survival of Kuwait. We are strong and resilient individuals, which understand strength in number, strength in reason, and strength in friends. We fought hard to get where we are, and to get to where we want to go. Port Mubarek is an additional aspect of the planning and growth, as we grow and become stronger, our neighbors will become stronger through us and by us. The fact that a decision is made, is miraculous enough, now that funds are placed, that is a huge improvement to the sector, and credit to the think tanks of the country; furthermore that execution is on its way; my hats off to a speedy progress. You will find the same progress with the other projects mentioned. Therefore I would like all who participated in making these ventures work.
So the question is why Iraqi people are not happy with the new port planning and execution? What makes the new port a disadvantage to them? Do they understand the progress being made? Did Kuwait work on marketing this project to them? Did we spend time and money to sway the individual Iraqi citizens who have seen enough bloodshed in their life, and tired on the battles in and out, how this will promote life in their neighborhood, and how it will create opportunity for them and for their kids, how product can be cheaper, and how the Basra Port and the Mubarek port are one extension of the other! If not, why didn’t the Kuwait PR & Marketing move in that direction, don’t they know that communication should not be kept in the hands of opportunists and politicians after their own score of things?
A bird in the hand is better than ten on the tree. Wouldn’t the Iraqi citizen appreciate that at least we are doing something about it, and moving forward with it?