Sheikh Mubarak is credited with establishing a modern Kuwait. A highly intelligent and astute individual, he was able to deal effectively with constant imperialistic ambitions. His skill, political acumen and vast experience were central characteristics of his policies and his reign. Above all, the welfare of Kuwait and its people were placed at the top of his agenda.
He also achieved equilibrium in Kuwaiti relations with the rest of the world, and endowed the country with a unique character that would enable it to make independent decisions in the years to come. This strengthened Kuwait's position with other countries, transforming it from a coveted emirate into an effective political entity, with established boundaries and activities in the international arena.
Key events in his reign:
Kuwait was chosen to be the venue for an important meeting held by Charles Hardinge, the British Viceroy of India before the First World War. Sheikh Mubarak was keen to confirm Kuwait's neutrality.
He upheld and defended the 1899 Treaty which recognized Kuwait as an independent country under British protection".
By signing an agreement in 1913, he succeeded in settling the northern boundaries of Kuwait, thereby blocking any attempts on the part of Kuwait's aggressors to take its land, especially the islands of Warba and Bubiyan.
Mubarak the Great constantly strived to serve Kuwait. Domestically, he established a strong administration and diplomatically, he carved out an international standing for his country — the roots of the modem Kuwait we know today.