A Tower with a View

By Millie

The beautiful Kuwait Towers are a sight we are all familiar with, the stunning landmark of Kuwait, and one that is recognised globally (I remember my father saying he remembers reading about them in ole blighty and never thought that one day he would actually visit them, yet alone come to Kuwait), but when did you last visit this iconic piece of architecture?

 

Whether you're a local, a hardened long-term expat, a new comer or looking to entertain some guests, a visit to the Kuwait Towers is a must, and what better way to enjoy the view than to sit and enjoy a bite to eat whilst soaking in the charm of this fabulous city we call home.

 

A Few Little Known Facts:

The Main Tower rises to 187 metres (614 ft) high and carries two spheres. The lower sphere holds in its bottom half a water tank of 4,500 cubic metres (1,200,000 US gal) and in its upper half there is a restaurant that accommodates 90 people, a café, a lounge and a reception hall. The upper sphere, which rises to 123 metres (404 ft) above sea level, has a revolving viewing deck that completes a full turn every 30 minutes, holds a café. The second tower is 147 metres (482 ft) high and serves as a water tower. The third tower does not store water, housing equipment to illuminate the two larger towers. The two water towers hold 9,000 cubic metres (2,400,000 US gal) of water altogether

The Kuwait Towers were designed by Danish architect Malene Bjørn as part of a water distribution project run by the Swedish engineering company VBB (renamed Sweco in 1997). Chief architect of the company Sune Lindström erected five groups of his typical "mushroom" water towers, the Kuwait Water Towers, but the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed, wanted a more attractive design for the sixth site. Out of ten different designs, three were presented to the Amir, who chose the design built. (Source Wikipedia)

 

The construction of the towers commenced in 1971, and took 5 years to complete, though they didn’t open to the public until the March 1979.

 

You may be wondering why the globes are covered with circular tiles, well there are approximately 41,000 enamelled steel discs that cover the three spheres in eight shades of blue, green and grey, recalling the tiled domes of historic mosques. The discs are arranged in spiral patterns around the spheres. According to the architect, the Kuwait Tower group refers to ideals of humanity and technology, symbolised by the globe and the rocket.

 

They were partially destroyed during the Gulf War, but have been restored to their original splendour.

 

The Towers open for:

Breakfast: 8am-11:30am 7KD

Lunch: 12:30pm-4:00pm 14KD

Dinner: 7:00pm-11:30pm 14KD

 

Al La Carte Dining is available at Le Café which opens 3:00pm-11:00pm

Parking is free of charge and allowed within the tower complex if you are dining at one of the restaurants, also access to the observation deck, just remember to take your receipt with you to gain free entry.

 

If you choose to only view the towers, and go to the observation deck, the cost is 3KD.

 

For more information please call the Towers on: +965.2208.1999