I had no idea what to expect when we parked our car in Dasman just after sunset. The mood was festive and the crowds were gathering, but noone seemed to know when the 'show' was going to start. The signs were there with the preparation over the past week around the area - and the fact that the lights were turned off on the Gulf Road. This offered a perfect view for most of the people and removed a lot of cluttering light from the scene. What the organisors lacked in managing expectations, they made up for in execution and quality. What a show! What an elegant fun-for-all-ages event!
The clock superimposed on the towers suggested to us the show would start at 8pm. Children blew horns, lights were waved and everyone was in a great mood. The weather was just perfect, if a little cold for the children. The combined laser and firworks show told Kuwait's story from pearl-diving to discovery of oil and onto independance; this was followed by the Iraqi invasion, the war and the liberation. The story closed with the start of our Emir's reign - celebrting all three numbers that have been decorating Kuwait's streets and newspapers since late January: 50, 20 and 5.
The show was over an hour long and no expense was spared. The story was told beautifully and in a very unique way. My children asked me to tell them Kuwait's story as seen in the show and I was impressed at how it created this enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge. I loved how joy was portrayed in loud colours of the flag, parachuters with 'Kuwait' glowing above them, and jolly music. Sorrow and sadness were equally given their space on stage and conveyed to the viewer through lighting, sounds and symbols. It was superbly executed and presented to a world-class level. My wife described it as an opera... I can't think of a better word! Click here to watch the Kuwait TV coverage.
This evening is a reminder to all of us when we forget what blessings we have on this generous land. Happy Birthday Kuwait. Congratulations to all those who call you home.