Kuwait is an Arab nation located in the northern region of the Eastern Arabian Peninsula. It is in close proximity with the Persian Gulf, sharing borders with giants Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It is a relatively small patch – although some four million people reside here – mostly comprised of native Arabs, Asians, and Africans. The country's capital is Kuwait City, and its major industry is petrol.
What to see & do
While Kuwait cares about its tradition and is virtually still a living history book, it has, in the recent years, embraced international modern culture. Its infrastructures now lean towards modern and giant domes – super structures – that are the trend in most countries comprising the Middle East. The country continuously adapt to surrounding Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar in the progressive department, building impressive towers that (almost) reach the sky.
Kuwait Towers – The Kuwait Towers are a group of three slender towers, standing on a promontory in the Persian Gulf. It was officially inaugurated in 1979, and has been rated as a landmark and one of the national symbols of modern Kuwait. The main tower is 187 metres high and carries two spheres. The lower sphere holds in its bottom half a water tank, while the upper half a restaurant for 90 persons and a reception hall. The upper half is also famous for completing a full turn every 30 minutes. The second tower, meanwhile, serves as a water tower, while the third tower houses the equipment to illuminate the larger towers. Although they are physically separate entities, they are referred to as Kuwait Tower – singular.
Grand Mosque – the Grand Mosque is the largest and the official mosque in the country. Its area spans a whopping 480,000 square feet, out of which the building itself covers almost half. The main prayer hall is at least 236 feet wide on all sides, and has lighting provisions through some 144 windows. The mosque is known for its opulence, and for its display of the Uthman Quran replica.
Liberation Tower – the Liberation Tower is the second tallest structure in Kuwait. It is 372 metres tall, and is considered as the world's 38th tallest free standing structure by pinnacle height. Construction of the tower commenced before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait came in August 1990. It was meant to be named The Kuwait Telecommunications tower. However, when the invasion took place, the tower's construction was stopped. It was unscathed until the invading forces were expelled – so upon completion in 1993, it was called Liberation Tower, symbolising Kuwait's liberation from Iraq.
Kuwait National Museum – established in 1983, the Kuwait National Museum is the main gallery and museum of Kuwait. It displays knowledge about the Arabian peninsula, local history, geography, and civilisation. It is comprised of a central garden and a courtyard, with many buildings in tow to separate each exhibition. Each building in the complex is connected to each other with elevated walkways.
How to get around within Kuwait
Travel is quite easy within Kuwait, mainly because of the presence of local metered taxis, buses, and rental cars. Female commuters, however, should be careful as some drivers (of taxis) tend to harm their passengers. Buses are jam-packed every day at any given time, so driving can be more convenient.
How to get there
The Kuwait International Airport is the only airport in the country. Airlines that travel to the airport include Wataniya Airlines, Jazeera Airways, Kuwait Airways, KLM, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, and many others. Note that visa requirements stand when going to the airport, so make sure to check about this information before booking or even boarding.
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