KUWAIT, May 3 (KUNA) -- France Wednesday honored Sheikh Mubarak Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah with the Knight of the Legion of Honor, the most prestigious decoration in the country.
French Ambassador to Kuwait Christian Nakhla conferred the 'Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur' (Knight of the Legion of Honor) on Sheikh Mubarak in a ceremony held late Wednesday.
Commenting on the occasion, Sheikh Mubarak Al-Abdullah expressed his pride for this medal, referring to the deep-rooted relations with France.
"Making happiness everywhere is the utmost goal, so I was keen to contribute to building a pretty country and a civilized human being," he said.
He expressed his gratitude to French President Francios Hollande, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and officials for this honoring.
Meanwhile, Nakhla lauded efforts by Sheikh Mubarak Abdullah in supporting Kuwait's economic interests and enhancing trade ties with France.
He referred to Sheikh Mubarak's interests in economic fields through many bodies, noting that Sheikh Mubarak is paying attention to cultural development through several activities.
For his part, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Information Minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Mubarak Al-Sabah voiced his happiness for this honoring which mirrors recognition of Sheikh Mubarak's efforts.
As Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Action Hotels, Sheikh Mubarak has spearheaded the growth of economy and mid-market hotels in the Middle East and broken new ground internationally.
Furthermore, Sheikh Mubarak has been granted the prestigious Industry Pioneering Award of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2017 (AHIC).
Established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Legion of Honor is the highest award presented to non-French citizens in recognition of military, cultural, scientific, or social contributions to France. (end)