50/20/5 Liberation Fireworks:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 13-03-2011

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I have never seen a fireworks display like the one on Friday February 25th at the Kuwait Towers. It was purely breathtaking. Andrew and I stood staring in amazement during the hour long show without ever thinking about sitting down.

We had arrived early and ate dinner at Chili’s. Then sat playing a card game and watching the Kuwaitis come and go in their nations colors: black, white, red, and green. The Arabic language has always had an aggressive edge to me, but it sounded much more endearing that night. The whole atmosphere was nothing but a joyous celebration. Everyone was smiling and enjoying time with their families. Kids were armed with water guns spraying the cars and people that passed by them. People were wearing crazy red and green wigs from the Sultan Center and the Lulu Hypermarket. It really was something to behold.

After lying on a blanket and watching people pack in, we watched the fireworks from the shores of the Persian Gulf. Men and children shouted and gasped as the women sang out their custom ALALALALAs. In the lulls of the fireworks, video montages displayed on the Kuwait towers caused everyone to erupt in celebration again. We sat in traffic that night for over an hour and didn’t mind a bit. We were just happy to have experienced the night together. I’ll not forget my Liberation Day fireworks for a very long time. What a great show, Kuwait!

Day 308 – Aqua Park

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 04-05-2010

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Tuesday May 4th, 2010

Andrew has been hankering for a water park for a few months now. Ever since visiting the Kuwait Towers we have wanted to go to the park below. We finally made it and were content with what we found. Although the walkways were a bit worn down and the lazy river wasn’t working properly, we had a great time. The attendants were mostly Kuwaitis, but the employees all spoke English fluently. They were very good with the boisterous kids that tried to break the rules. The lines were short. None of the slides were painful, which isn’t always the case at water parks. While waiting in line we could watch the people combating at the accompanying paintball field. There were several restaurants onsite as well as a variety of food stands. We haven’t tried any of the other water parks in Kuwait, but would gladly go back to Aqua Park for a fun day in the sun.

The Aqua Park is in season from April to October opening at 10:00am and closing at 10:00pm daily.  The cost is kd 3.750 for entrance. Their Go Kart Track and Paint Ball field are open year round. More information can be found here: http://www.aquaparkkuwait.com/.

Day 65 – The Kuwait Towers

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 03-09-2009

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Thursday September 3rd, 2009

The Kuwait Towers were the first thing I visited in Kuwait. They are a glorious sight! The three spears point straight into the sky. Two out of the three contain large spheres with sparkling scales: one with one sphere holding a water reserve and the other with two, a restaurant and a viewing sphere. The tower with no sphere holds the electrical controls for all three towers.

Recently we visited the towers on a Sunday and partook of the Ofok Restaurant luncheon buffet. The types of food were limitless. After three platefuls, I was done! The restaurant reminds me of the Sun Dial Restaurant in Atlanta. Like the Sun Dial, Ofok has a full view of the city from the seats. However, unlike the Sun Dial, Ofok does not rotate in one hour, but the viewing sphere rotates in half that time. The windows contain labels to decipher what the viewer sees. The Viewing Sphere has another hidden treasure. It’s the only place I’ve found that sells postcards! The shop also offers artwork from a Kuwaiti resident and souvenirs. The Kuwait Towers capture the beauty of Kuwait and are a must see for any visitor!