|Opera singer Andrea Bocelli.— Photo lonelyplanet.com|Viet Nam News
KUWAIT CITY — Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed on Monday at the launch of a huge cultural centre in Kuwait which includes a 2,000-seat opera house, the first in the oil-rich Gulf state.
Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah opened the US$750-million centre and watched a spectacular show that combined international and local music.
Top Kuwaiti singers, artists and performers took part in the event which was also attended by a large number of local and foreign dignitaries.
The sprawling 214,000 square meters centre is located in the heart of the capital Kuwait City and comprises four buildings, a theatre centre, a music centre, a conference centre and a library for historical documents. The four buildings at the centre, whose geometric design was inspired by Islamic architecture, are covered with thousands of square metres of titanium shell.
Named after the late emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad, the centre has several state-of-the art halls, including a 1.200-seat concert hall, as well as an indoor parking facility for 3,200 vehicles.
The project, designed by SSH firm was completed in just 22 months.
Although Kuwait has been the leader in theatre and television serials in the Gulf region, it did not have a modern theatre.—AFP