Kuwait Journals

Kuwait--Fortress on the Water

A January 2003 trip to Kuwait by C2WnDC

Kuwait Towers Photo, Kuwait, Middle East More Photos
Quote: Fueled by oil, Kuwait has transformed itself from a small 17th-century "fortress on the water" to a country with a thriving economy situated at the crossroads where old meets new.

Kuwait--Fortress on the Water

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Overview

Dining Out Photo, Kuwait, Middle East
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Dinner parties with the European expatriate community Feasting on Persian rugs with a Shiek at his desert camp while watching his camel herd propagate Seeing the Ziggurat and the prophet Abraham's birthplace in Iraq Lebanese cuisine makes up the bulk of the menu when eating at good "local" food restaurants. It's fantastic. Smoke the fruit-flavored tabacco in a sisha pipe, as the locals do, with your meal. See the sights in Kuwait City and experience Arabic culture. Quick Tips: Crime rates are low, but take personal security precautions based on your nationality and position. Stay at a major U.S. hotel (Hilton or Crown Plaza), as they are self-contained and have ade...Read More

Fish Market

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Fish Market Photo, Kuwait, Middle East
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Photographers seem to gravitate to fish markets in any city for the photo opportunities they offer. This one is no different. The traditional clothing and the constant loud Arabic chatter, mixed with the colorful seafood to generate some fantastic photos. Unlike other fish markets I've visited, Kuwait's was immacuately clean. One could walk amoungst the traders freely and get your hands dirty if you wish. All the people there were friendly, helpful, agreeable to being photographed, and tolerant of our English. Seafood is a part of old Kuwait's culture and remains important to the people there. The other half of this facility was full of vendors selling dates, beans, spices, and meats (goat, shee...Read More

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Riding Camels

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Camel Riding Photo, Kuwait, Middle East
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Camel racing has become very popular in Kuwait. Driving by the track in Ahmadi, one day we noticed several tents and pens with camels where none had been before. Curious, we approached and found a festival-like atmosphere: the start of camel racing season. We were driving slowly through the area, taking pictures, when two Kuwaitis started waiving to us to come to their tent. Hesitantly, we did. Leaving security with the truck, we went in and accepted their kind offer of tea and dates. They didn't speak a word of English, nor did we speak Arabic, yet somehow we managed. Later, they offered each of us a short ride on their camel. On a different occasion, several of our group had an opp...Read More

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Kuwait Towers Photo, Kuwait, Middle East
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Kuwait City is filled with ultramodern buildings. Ninety percent of the city has been constructed within the last 30 years. Since Kuwait has the second-largest oil reserves in the world, they have become a wealthy nation and have invested significant amounts of this bounty into their infrastructure. The Arabic culture stresses aesthetics more so than most modern Western cultures. This yields a larger proportion of dramatically unique structures when compaired to a typical U.S. city. The Kuwaiti towers shown below are the iconic monument recognized world wide as Kuwait. They house a restruant and double as a water tower. New construction is ongoing and city-wide. The government funding new...Read More

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