Scientific Center Expansion

Post by Mark

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The Scientific Center is set to double in size with a new expansion project. The expansion will add the following new sections:

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– Dolphinarium (Al Dalaphene)
– Exploratorium (Dar Al-Estikshaf)
– Education and Conference Center
– Visitor Service Facilities
– Exhibit Halls
– Shaded Surface Parking

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I’m not too sure how I feel about the Dolphinarium since I highly doubt the dolphins here will be taken care of properly or be given enough space. But, I do like the expansion idea and going by the renderings in the article it’s going to look world class when completed.

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  1. mS says:

    No burger joints!!!

  2. Ipsom says:

    A dolphinarium!?!?!? WTF!
    Are they like planning to do tricks, shows, and swim with dolphins shit?

    I really hope this part of the expansion gets scrapped. Im shocked to see the Scientific Center even consider something ridiculous like this.

  3. Captain Obvious says:

    Clearly that means they’ll expand the land into the sea. This is illegal practice. The whole Scientific Centre project was halted and did not receive approval back in the days because of this practice. It only passed because it was under the direct supervision of the Emir at the time Shaikh Jaber who wanted to see the project becomes a reality ASAP. With all the environmental awareness nowadays and the government push towards protecting it, I can’t see how this is becoming a reality without breaking local laws.

    • Khaled says:

      The expansion isn’t reclaiming any land from the sea; the site is currently a garden/green plot right next to the existing Center with the promenade weaving around it and knowing the way the Center is managed, there’s nothing illegal about what they’re doing. The expansion will replace the garden and eat into the promenade, slimming it down to accommodate the space needed for the dolphin pools without resorting to reclamation.

      According to their website [https://www.tsck.org.kw/News.aspx?id=-20&NewsId=53&News=1], they’re planning to open the new building by early 2018 which means that they’re on a tight schedule. Construction was supposed to have started in December but I haven’t been in town for a few months so maybe someone can verify whether or not ground has been broken.

  4. Captain Obvious says:

    And that comment could land me in jail if it got misinterpreted. shit.

  5. Nawaf AL-Rudaini says:

    Yes, The Scientific Center will expand. I will try to address all comments with all honesty:

    m S: No, there will not be a burger joint. There will be 2 restaurants in the expansion; a High End restaurant, and a mid level restaurant. No idea what restaurants yet, as we will look into this once we get into the startup & operation phase.

    Ipsom: The dolphin shows will be more sophisticated than what you would normally see in dolphinariums around the world. We will not have dolphins jumping through hoops or hitting balls hanging from ceilings. The shows will be more AV focused, with laser and sound effects and the likes. There will be a private pool where people can swim with the dolphins.

    Captain Obvious & Khaled: We will expand to the sea nad have to reclaim land. The proper environmental studies have been conducted and we received all needed approval. Back in 1994 while designing the current TSCK, the site chosen was in the city, near Seef Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Parliament. HH the late Amir, Sheikh Jaber asked for the location to be moved to an area where its less “official” & political. The Municipality gave KFAS the land in Salmyia demanded that we develop the waterfront. Again, all proper procedures were followed (considering that back in the day, procedures weren’t as tough as they are now). Trust me when I say that we follow rules and regulations to the fullest.

    Khaled,Construction was scheduled to start 1 February, but we did not approve the design as submitted, and we had a lot of comments that resulted in the delay of the project. As of now, construction is set to start on 1 August.

    Thank you Mark for sharing :)

  6. Jennifer cadiz says:

    how do we get together and protest the Dolphinarium? Online Petition?

  7. Janna says:

    Ooooh not the dolphinarium. We all know how animals are treated in Kuwait


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