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Kuwait splashes out on biggest ever fireworks display

Gulf state enters record book with bombastic US$15m show to mark constitution anniversary

Kuwait splashes out on biggest ever fireworks display
(AFP/Getty Images)

Kuwait has entered the record books with the largest fireworks display ever after the wealthy Gulf state splashed out US$15m on a pyrotechnic show to mark the 50th anniversary of its constitution.

The show, held on Saturday evening in the capital Kuwait City, featured 77,282 fireworks launched over a period of one hour. The feat has secured the country a place in the Guiness Book of World records.

Click here to see a picture gallery of the display

The celebrations came against a backdrop of political uncertainty in Kuwait, which some consider to have the most open form of government in the six-member GCC.

On Saturday, activist group Human Rights Watch called on authorities in Kuwait to revoke a ban preventing all forms of protest and public assembly amid wide scale demonstrations against the government.

Since mid-October security forces in the oil-rich nation have used tear gas and stun grenades to break up three large demonstrations against a proposed amendment to Kuwait’s electoral law that could reduce opposition representation within parliament.

Kuwait’s opposition groups, many of them Islamists, will defy the protest ban by holding another mass rally on Sunday as the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of its constitution.

Opposition groups say they will also boycott parliamentary elections scheduled for December 1. That vote comes following the dissolution of the parliament in early October, another reason for political discontent in Kuwait.

In the previous election, held in February, opposition Islamist and tribal candidates performed strongly, giving them more leverage to pressure the government.

The planned change to the parliamentary voting system could give pro-government candidates an advantage during polls.

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Juliet Lopez 7 years ago

Mabrooooooooook Kuwait for giving us such a beautiful illuminated evening, and above all for securing a place in the
Guiness Book of World records. Kuwait you also deserve a place in the Guiness Book for your Charitable hospitality and Humanitarian aid. May the Almighty bless you and keep you safe.

SELWIN ILANGOVAN 7 years ago

Hi,

Very Nice to know that Kuwait is Celebrating their 50 Anniversary of its constitution.

Our good wishes and Prayers for all the Good things to the States of Kuwait , the Rulers of Kuwait and the People living there.

May Kuwait be a Safe Palace to live for all.. as well as one of the Wealthy and Blessed country in the World.

Our good wishes once again to Kuwait Rulers, Leaders and all Administrators as well as the People of Kuwait as well as the to all International Communities who lives in Kuwait.

Regards and God Bless

Fireworks photographer 7 years ago

Some pictures of this wonderful fireworks: http://www.cyrilalmeras.com/photos/nuit/feu-d-artifice/parente-koweit/