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Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah

(jā`bĕr är-äkh`mäd ä-säbä`), 1926–2006, emir of Kuwait (1977–2006). A member of Kuwait's ruling Sabah family, he was the third son of Sheikh Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah (r. 1921–50). Beginning in the 1940s he held several positions in the Kuwaiti government, and soon established a reputation as a shrewd and perceptive politician. After the end of the British protectorate (1961), Sheikh Jaber became Kuwait's first finance minister, and during the 1960s he established a fund that eventually grew to $120 billion and proved invaluable in sustaining the country after Kuwait was invaded by Iraq in 1990. Jaber was appointed prime minister in 1965 and was named crown prince and heir apparent the following year. He became emir in 1977; eight years later he survived an assassination attempt by a Shiite militant. After the Iraqi invasion, he established a government-in-exile in Saudi Arabia, returning to Kuwait in 1992. He frequently clashed with parliament, dissolving it in 1986 and 1999, and actively supported giving Kuwaiti women the vote, which was finally achieved in 2005.
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RIYADH, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Thamer Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah stressed on Tuesday the importance of the Gulf Cooperation Council summit hosted by Riyadh being held amidst very critical regional and international circumstances.
After the liberation of Kuwait, in 1992 he became adviser to the office of the late Emir Shaikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
The last incoming state visit from oil-rich Kuwait was 17 years ago, when the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah visited the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
He recalled the role of late leaders Hafez al-Assad and Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in establishing solid cooperation relations, stressing that the Emir's visit to Damascus comes within the framework of promoting the process of cooperation and building on what has been done in this regard.
Sheikh Salman said the ministers were impressed by the state-of-the-art technologies employed at this sports edifice which was named after late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
1965 -- The Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah appointed Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as Prime Minister.
2005 -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah issued a decree establishing Kuwait Technology College, granting diplomas in business administration and information technology.
He thanked all authorities for their efforts to make Jaber stadium, named after late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, ready to host sport events.
1993 -- The Amir, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, decorated Prince Charles of England with the Mubarak Al-Kabeer medal.
1991 -- His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, turned the wheel marking the dousing of the last burning oil field, after the oil fields were set ablaze by the retreating Iraqi forces in the war to liberate Kuwait in 1991.
In addition, the late Kuwaiti Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah paid a significant visit to Russia in 1992 to express his appreciation to the support given by the Russians to Kuwait's liberation from the Iraqi invasion in 1990.
2001 -- Kuwait and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sign an agreement in Paris to establish "The Amir Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Prize for Research and Training in Special Needs Education for the Mentally Disabled.