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Kuwait Arab culture capital
|Kuwait City has been selected as the Arab Cultural Capital for the year 2001. The year-long cultural programme to mark this occasion were flagged off by the Emir of Kuwait on 6 January. The programme will aim at highlighting Kuwait’s distinct culture and arts and crafts and showcasing them for foreign visitors throughout the year. An opera will present the cultural history of Kuwait in an artistic way. Seminars on Arab culture and translation will be held as part of this programme.
Kuwait has offered great services to Arab literature and culture. Al-Arabi magazine stands out as the most important cultural periodical of the Arab World. Kuwait has also taken care to enrich Arabic literature by translating thousands of works into Arabic from various languages on a vast variety of subjects.
The experience of the Arab Cultural Capitals started with the declaration of Cairo as the Arab Cultural Capital for 1996.