France announced choosing Kuwaiti Commander Sheikh Mubarak Ali Al-Sabah as the “Defense Figure” of 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the development of security and defense services.
The French Defense Ministry organized a special event on this occasion Monday that will continue for five days in which Sheikh Murabarak Ali Al-Sabah will hold talks on a number of security and strategic issues with French military officials.
He will discuss bilateral issues related to security, war against terror, and radicalism among other topics, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
Born on 12 August 1979, Commander Sheikh Mubarak Ali Yousuf Al Sabah is the eldest son of Sheikh Ali Yousuf Al Sabah and Sheikha Awrad Jaber Al Sabah, the daughter of the 13th monarch Ruler and 3rd Emir of Kuwait His Highness Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
According to Wikipedia, Sheikh Murabarak Ali Al-Sabah joined the Kuwait Navy as an officer cadet in 2000, and was commissioned as a Sub Lieutenant in 2002. The same year he attended the Royal Navy young officer course at Britannia Royal Naval College, and also attended the Ali Al-Sabah Military College in Kuwait, where he graduated with a diploma in military science.
He served on board Kuwait naval ship (Maskan P3717) as Navigation and Communications officer, completed several courses, including Surface warfare officer course in Coronado, United States of America and bridge watch keeping course in the Kingdom of Bahrain, also participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and received (Al-Soor) Medal, then transferred his services to the Kuwait Coast Guard which is part of the Ministry of Interior in September 2004 and served as a commanding officer of coast guard ship (Mash’hoor P315).
Sheikh Mubarak has consistently promoted the value of an educated and skilled workforce, encouraging the development of professional and academic skills in maritime studies, engineering and leadership. He has gone to hold a number of appointments with the Kuwait Coast Guard and in November 2009 he was appointed as Chief of Maritime Operations in the Coast Guard.
He participated in several exercises during his service with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Iraq, the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman.
He also participated as keynote speaker and submitted study cases at 3rd International Symposium on Maritime Disaster Management in Saudi Arabia 2011, the Maritime Security & Surveillance conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE 2012and the maritime infrastructure protection symposium in the Kingdom of Bahrain 2013.
Commander Sheikh Mubarak Ali Al-Saba’s qualifications include:
- Royal Navy Young Officer Course from Britannia Royal Naval College (UK) 2002
- Diploma in Military Science from Ali Al-Sabah Military College (Kuwait) 2002
- Diploma in Electronic Engineering from the Australian College of Kuwait (Kuwait) 2009
- Honorary Doctorate in Maritime Science from the Plymouth University (UK) 2010
- Master in Military Sciences - Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College(2011)