His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabar, the Emir of Kuwait, passed away at the age of 91 on September 29. “With the utmost sadness and grief for the Kuwaiti people, the Islamic and Arab world and people of friendly nations, the Emiri Diwan mourns the death of Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait,” his office announced on his passing. His Highness had ruled over Kuwait since 2006 and steered the country’s foreign policy for more than 50 years, receiving multiple plaudits for his humanitarian undertakings throughout his reign.
Sheikh Sabah received much acclaim over the years from several world figures, for his wisdom and inspiring nature. Hailed a “global humanitarian leader” by many leaders, tributes have poured in from across the region, as well as all the world. As one of the region’s most influential voices, over his 14-year rule, Sheikh Sabar has provided countless words of wisdom and encouraging thoughts. In honor of Sheikh Sabar, Vogue Arabia outlines some of his most inspirational quotes throughout the years.
“We believe that Kuwait is for all its citizens and not for one party or sect, all live on its earth and ally themselves to its identity.”
On learning from mistakes
“One learns from the past and learns about it for the future.”
“Kuwait is the crown over heads and the deep-rooted love in our hearts.”
On the role youth play in any country
“Kuwaiti youth are our most precious wealth and investment.”
On strength and unity
“We have to learn the lesson from what is happening around us. We have no choice but to consolidate our national unity and the cohesion of our society and reject the causes of sedition, divisiveness, and the hateful ethnic strife.”