VISNEWS Cameras in oil-rich Kuwait recently toured the old and new sections of the island.?
LV New Kuwait oil storage tanks.
SV Skeikh Abdullah Mubarak al Sabah reclining against his Cadillac.
Travel shot - Passing natives in the old part of Kuwait
SV The market place.
LV Int Ditto.
SV Int man holds a woman's dress against his chest.
SV A street corner.
SV Street scene outside a shop
SCU A picture of President Nasser outside the shop
SV Prospective customers for the shop
SLV Fishing boats in the docks.
LV A large cargo ship in dock.
SV A machine driving cement and iron piles into the sea for the new dock.
SCU Sign on side of machine "Kuwait International"
SCU Driving in the piles.
STV Pan Bulldozer at work on the new docks.
LV Showing progress on the dock.
LV Pan Building material on the dockside.
LV The new water distilling plant.
SV A newly erected water storage tank.
LV A modern street in Kuwait.
LV A car at a petrol filling station, in the background are the huge oil tanks of Kuwait.
LV A very impressive modern building.
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Background: VISNEWS Cameras in oil-rich Kuwait recently toured the old and new sections of the island. Contrasting sharply with the old port and smoke-stack water distilling system were the new docks - harbour - and housing construction projects.
Chief target for VISNEWS was Sheikh Abdullah Al Mubarak al Sabah, uncle of the ruler, Security Chief and Army Minister... 'Strong Man'of Kuwait. Mubarak, a massive man with mischievous grin, is a man of variable tastes i.e; ordering a GBP1,000,000 jet-engined yacht and flying a team of European dancing girls into Kuwait when he feels that way inclined.
A few months ago Sheikh al Sabah returned from a visit to U.A.R. President Nasser in Cairo and announced that Kuwait, with its 220,000 populace and GBP100 million yearly income, would eventually join the oil-hungry Arab league. As Kuwait produces more than half of Britain's crude oil imports, the British government are concerned with any attempt by Egypt to manoeuvre an annulment of the 1899 British Protection Treaty. The British Naval and Military base at nearby Bahrain is on a permanent 'alert'.
Reports from Persian sources state that a State of Emergency' has been proclaimed in the Persian-gulf principality. Friction between pro-Nasser Governmental workers, teachers, and Iraqi oil worker nationals, came to a head when rioting occurred between the two factions Feb 2 after Kuwaitis celebrated the first anniversary of the Egypt-Syrian marriage Feb 1. Three men have been arrested. One of the men, Jessam Kubami, was the former chief of Kuwait Police.
A meeting of the governing Sheiks empowered Sheik Abdullah Al Mubarak al Sabah to deal with the situation. He promptly requested the execution of the three men, but was dissuaded. All is now quiet .. but tense. The feeling is that this is the 'calm before the storm'.