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Tributes following death of Al-Bahar Group founder

on Aug 10, 2014

Mohammad Abdulrahman Al-Bahar.
Mohammad Abdulrahman Al-Bahar.

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Tributes have been paid to Mohammad Abdulrahman Al-Bahar, chairman of the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) and founder of Al-Bahar Group, who died on Thursday.

The 95-year-old passed away after a long life of achievements and charity work.

In a press statement, Kuwait Parliament speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said the country had lost one of its first generation of men.

In Bahrain, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa delegated Deputy Prime Minister, Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa to offer condolences and sympathy to the Al-Bahar family.

After completing his academic studies, Al-Bahar put his efforts into public services, later joining the Municipal Council.

Al-Bahar was a member of the health council and later he joined the construction council which played an important role in building the modern Kuwait in the mid-20th century.

He was also the founder of Al-Bahar Group, a well-known chain of companies in Kuwait and the GCC countries.

Al-Bahar, who was appointed as chairman of the board of NBK in 1993, played a role in establishing companies such as Al-Ahleia Insurance Company, Kuwait Pipe Industries and Oil Services Company (KPIOS) and Kuwait National Cinema Company (KNCC).

Furthermore, Al-Bahar was a founding member of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he became the deputy chairman in 1996.

Through his charity work he built mosques in Kuwait as well as in other countries, while also funding many other projects.

He put his efforts into health services, opening Al-Bahar Ophthalmology Centre, providing treatment and surgery to thousands of people.