The Arabs, in the eighteenth century, to place first a settlement where today with its 30,000 inhabitants, is Kuwait City: main town in the emirate and jewel of the southern part of the bay, it is the largest city of the country, the seat of parliament and many government offices, banks and political and economic structures. The culture finds a prominent place in the dynamic city, this being the home of the prestigious Kuwait University, founded in 1962, and many good institutes of higher education.
Became a British protectorate after a long predominantly Arab, the city gained its independence in 1963 and became close constitutional monarchy that still is. The streets and urban constructions are still furrowed by the painful scars inflicted by the attack that Saddam Hussein waged in 1990, but despite the unfortunate events of the past not altogether forgotten Kuwait City is today a major commercial center that has learned to recover and get honor, rich in the chemical, petrochemical and shipbuilding.
The position of lookout on the Persian Gulf makes it a thriving port city, bustling with merchants engaged in trade guaranteed by the abundance of oil: there are in fact, the wells of which is dotted the coastline that stretches the valley overlooking the sea. But oil is not the only resource that the area surrounded by the sea offers: the same body of water is generous dispenser of delicious shrimp and oysters.
To reach Kuwait City you can serve the Kuwait International Airport, a modern and highly efficient property located 16 km south of the city. From the airline turns out to be the most comfortable Kuwait Airways, the national airline, offering flights from Rome takes about six hours. Sore however, are the prices: the control over it is very hard and is very rare to find opportunities at reasonable prices or low cost flights.
Once you reach the town, however, you will immediately see that the journey is not exactly cheap is justified by a valid goal: to accommodate tourists stand out from the start the Kuwait Towers, now assumed a true symbol of the city center. Made in 1975 and designed by a team of architects Swedes, the three towers were inaugurated in 1979. The highest of three sisters, the 178 m high tower, houses the famous Viewing Sphere, from 120 m in height allows you to see the view from a rotating platform. A ball placed further down however, more suitable for those who do not like the extreme heights but prefers to pamper yourself with a moment of relaxation tasty, contains the Ofok Restaurant. The middle tower is not accessible to the public, but has the sole purpose of collecting rain water to compensate for the lack of natural water sources in the country. Finally, the third building, no ball at the top, is primarily used to light the other and create a majestic and charming in the evening and at night. Worth seeing is also the Liberation Tower, one of the tallest telecommunication towers in the world.
Interesting is also the National Museum, the main museum of the city, full of art objects saved to the destruction of the Gulf War or refurbished to be exposed in all their glory. Lovers of history and curious about the traditions of the place will be enchanted after a visit to the Seif Palace, the magnificent palace of the Emir headquarters, built in 1896 and decorated inside with magnificent mosaics, unfortunately largely damaged by the bombing. In addition, Kuwait City offers a splendid mosque, a museum of science and natural history, the lush landscaped gardens, a zoo and a large amount of unique fountains and manicured.
The festivities celebrated in the city are mostly related to the Muslim religion, but in February Kuwait City is alive with tourists from all over the world attracted by something much more mundane: it is a festival dedicated to selling all kinds of goods, exposed in this large market of more than 300 dealers each year. From leather goods to antiques, through the ornaments and culinary specialties, everyone can find something to buy in huge trade in an atmosphere festive and carefree.
The climate of Kuwait City, like the rest of the country is characterized by very high temperatures and aridity widespread in January, despite being the month “cold”, known mean minimum temperatures that dare not fall below 9°C and middle of the day are around 20°C. In July, as you can imagine, the peaks of hot come to touch the 50C. The months that have a higher frequency of rainfall are December and January, during which fall on average 70 mm of water.
Originally posted 2012-09-03 04:43:52.