Kuwait – a small country on the Persian Gulf, where, however, holds about 9% of the world’s oil reserves. In fact, this is one piece of a large city and the desert. Nevertheless, the local dinar – is the most expensive currency in the world ($ 3 for 1 dinar). For me, it remained a mystery how the country entirely dependent on oil, quietly going through the current crisis.
In Kuwait, a high level of life and there is not easy to get a visa. Moreover, women traveling to the country without being accompanied by her husband, brother or children, the visa consistently denied. After the war with Iraq, the city was badly damaged, the situation in the country remained unstable and the Kuwaitis were afraid to invest in the development of the city. Now the situation is changing, the city is growing, and is already set up local outdo Dubai.
The capital of the state – Kuwait. Most of the city was built recently, with the latest technology and engineering. The tallest building – Al Hamra Tower (414-meter 78-storey skyscraper)
Since our trip takes local staff Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, they somehow agreed and took us to the roof of the building:
Now here it is built the highest restaurant in the world. We were able to assess the views of the city and the Arabian Gulf before here will flock to local sheikhs and millionaires:
On the shore you can see the marina with yachts:
A strange sight. The park is surrounded by a roadway, and there are no tracks or underpasses I saw:
To the right of the bay stick “pins” high-rises, and the horizon is lost in the haze of milk:
Lonely twisted building, something like skyscraper in Moscow City:
Below can be seen the old quarters, to which have not yet reached his hands:
Almost all the cars in white because of the scorching sun:
A lot of expensive cars. That Maserati, for example. The country has the opportunity to obtain an interest-free loan, so all willing to use this service. And yet, while rising oil prices, the sheikh sometimes forgiving all debts to the population. Somewhere in every five years. All are aware of this, so do not hesitate to take huge loans for pricey cars:
Is there public transport:
We leave in a residential area:
Typical construction is quite lovely:
Residence of members of the royal family:
The Central Bank of Kuwait:
Patches on the windows of a skyscraper:
At night, the whole town is lit with colored lights:
Kuwaiti water towers have become a symbol of the state. During the war in 1991, they have suffered, and in its present form were repaired only in the 2012th. Lower bowl on a large tower and only the second – a water tank. The third contains a long spire towers for communications. And in the highest ball has a restaurant with panoramic views:
On the local Starbucks has a “Drive Thru” – you can call in on a car
One of the malls Kuwait.
But mosques, in contrast, was far less than might have been expected:
The most famous and largest – “the Great Mosque”. Surprisingly nice to see a sign at the entrance to the mosque with the words “Taking pictures allowed”:
Inside it is very beautiful here, of course, sin is not to shoot:
The entire religious complex of 45,000 square meters, of which occupies half of the building itself. In the rest of the garden with lots of flowers, plantations, palm trees, fountains and waterfalls:
A small separate room, where men gather after prayers. Here we meet with the Emir of guests:
In Kuwait we lived in the best hotel of the country Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa.