H.E.Sheikha Hussa Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah co-founded the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (DAI) in 1983 with her husband, H.E. Sheikh Nasser Sabah al Ahmed Al Sabah. As the Director General of the DAI and the co-owner of the al-Sabah collection, she has lectured on topics related to Islamic art and culture at universities and cultural institutions in the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. and has contributed to publications with a similar interest. She is actively involved in architectural preservation, working to ensure that traditional buildings in Bahrain and Egypt are protected and restored to the original design. She has also been involved in archaeological excavations in the region, both as a field worker and a patron. Sheikha Hussah is the daughter of Sabah II, the 11th Amir of the State of Kuwait and mother of six children, including Sheikha Dana Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, founder, co-owner, and chair of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Kuwait
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