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Municipal Council approves Amiri Diwan takeover of Entertainment City development

2,650 million square meters area allocated for new Entertainment City

KUWAIT: The Municipal Council yesterday approved the Entertainment City’s development project, accepting the Cabinet’s decision for the Amiri Diwan to take over it instead of the Touristic Enterprises Company. During a regular session yesterday, the council allocated an area of 2,650 million square meters for the Amiri Diwan for the purpose of developing the Entertainment City, provided the latter submits the project’s blueprints for approval within the new structural plan.

“The new Entertainment City project will be 2,650 million square meters,” said Dr Hassan Kamal, Municipal Council member and Chairman for the Capital Governorate Committee. The Municipal Council had issued a decision in 2016 to annex the Sheikh Zayed Park, which is adjacent to the current Entertainment City’s location, into the project, Dr Kamal noted. He explained that the previous decision for the new project required allocation of land for the Sheikh Zayed Park in another location where the park currently has more than 1,200 trees.

The Sheikh Zayed Park is adjacent to the current entertainment city that belongs to the Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR), which still has contracts to maintain the park, Dr Kamal pointed out. The Municipal Council has accepted the decision of the Cabinet for Amiri Diwan to take over instead Touristic Enterprises Company, he added. In addition, the Municipal is responsible for evaluating the final plan for the new Entertainment City that overlooks the Gulf. Dr Kamal pointed out that the Amiri Diwan will design the new Entertainment city through international companies, hoping this project will attract many people and it is vital to have in Kuwait. In 1984, the current Entertainment City was established in Al-Doha area and was considered one of major entertainment center in Kuwait.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Council also approved a proposal made by member Humoud Al-Enezi on building fences for protection against stray dogs in border areas and around houses. Enezi also urged PAAAFR to fight stray dogs using the latest methods in this field. In addition, the council approved a request made by Kuwait Ports Authority to add new commercial activities to its new administrative building at Shuwaikh Port, such as bank branches, cafeterias, money exchangers, supermarkets, long distance calls, travel agent, a barber, insurance company and custom clearance services.

Separately, Kuwait Municipality labor union’s chairman Mohammad Al-Arada said that the syndicate had demanded incentives for employees working in engineering positions who use their own vehicles in doing their jobs, adding that Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Fahad Al-Shola had been contacted in this regard and agreed to covey the demands to the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

By Meshaal Al-Enezi

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