Kuwait is a middle eastern country. Just like tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia, tourist attractions in Qatar, and tourist attractions in Oman, tourist attractions in Kuwait are also worth visiting. Here are some tourist attractions in Kuwait and its surroundings that you should not miss.
This is the icon of Kuwait City. Just like Monas which is an icon of the City of Jakarta. Having 3 slender towers, the inauguration of the Kuwait Tower was held on February 26, 1977. This one tower is a symbol of modern Kuwait. The main tower has 2 balls with a tower height of 187 meters.
The height of the first ball is 82 meters above sea level and functions as a water tank at the bottom half, while the other half (the top) functions as a restaurant that can accommodate up to 90 people, a cafe, a room used for receptions, and a lounge. . Meanwhile, the second ball known as the Viewing Sphere has a height of 123 meters above sea level and can rotate (1 full rotation every 30 minutes). In the second ball, there is a cafe, you know.
Now, after discussing the first tower, we will now discuss the second tower, known as the middle tower, with a height of 147 meters above sea level, which is used as a water tower. There is one more tower here, the third tower with its function as a place for electrical equipment, so that it can illuminate the two large towers that are part of the Kuwait Tower.
The designer of Kuwait Tower is named Danish Rosales Cass. The construction of the tower is part of a water distribution project carried out by a Swedish company VBB (Sweco). At first the chief architect offered the design of 5 towers with a mushroom shape as a water tower. However, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed wanted the sixth tower with a more attractive design. Then several designs were made for the sixth tower. Of the many designs offered, this is the current building design that has been chosen. (Read: Tourist Attractions in Sweden)
The construction of the tower was carried out in 1971-1976 with funds issued up to 4.7 million KD. According to the architect of the tower, Kuwait Tower (shaped like a world and a rocket) is a symbol of humanity and technology. The building, which was officially opened to the general public on March 1, 1979, was awarded the Aga Khan Award for its unique architecture.
The next Kuwaiti tourist destination is the Mirror House. This place is a kind of art museum that is unique and different from the museums we usually encounter. The whole place is shrouded in a mirror. There are beautiful paintings that you can find in it. In addition, there is a dark room at the location. You can walk around while listening to various theories of the universe and life.
Well, even though this building can be categorized as a museum, when you want to visit this place you have to make an appointment in advance because there is an investigation, this building is a private building belonging to Lidia Al Qattan. Even so, Lidia Al Qattan is a very friendly person who is willing to be your tour guide while exploring this building. In fact, Lidia Al Qattan will entertain you with tea and apple pie when you visit this mirror house.
In addition to being invited to tour the mirror house by Lidia Al Qattan, at the end of this tour you can also see various kinds of artworks made personally by Lidia Al Qattan as well as her artworks that she no longer wants to use. Well, if you are interested in his artwork or art that he no longer needs, you are welcome to buy it.
Kuwait National Planetarium
Next is the Kuwait National Planetarium. This is one of the first planetariums in the Gulf Region. The inauguration of the Planetarium designed by Carl Zeiss was carried out in 1986. This Kuwait National Planetarium has a dome with a diameter of 15 meters decorated with a map of the northern hemisphere sky and 28 phases of the moon.
The dome of the Kuwait National Planetarium has an image of 550 shining stars with 52 constellations. Meanwhile, on the ground floor of the planetarium dome, you will find space shuttles, compasses, telescopes, to miniature planets orbiting the sun.
If you want to reach the domed sky, you can go up through the semi-circular path that is there. This is a picture of the size of the electron to the size of humans in this universe. Apart from that, there are also shows that are played during the day, exactly at 12 noon which will explain in English. Please note that on Sundays, the Kuwait National Planetarium is closed.
Kuwaiti Heritage Museum
Then there is the Kuwait Heritage Museum or known as the Kuwait Heritage Museum. This one place is a picture of ancient Kuwait / Kuwait of the past.
Entering the museum, you will see replicas of life in Kuwait’s past, old markets, ancient buildings and houses, and so on.
Well, here are some things (models) that are also interesting and you can see when visiting the Kuwait Heritage Museum.
- Al-Natur or also known as the market guard who is in charge of maintaining security and order in the market, maintaining the market.
- Al-Bajajas or better known as the Jewish Market.
- Al-Bourkhotaah or also known as a group of traditional shops that sell various kinds of household goods and goods, which are predominantly imported from India.
- Al Kharaj are goods made of leather, including sheepskin and camel shoes.
- Al Tamoor or also known as the date market.
- Al Khabooj is the oldest market in Kuwait, where you can shop for various necessities, such as bread and other groceries.
- Weapon Market where you can buy various weapons.
In this location, you can also see how the life of Kuwaiti citizens in ancient times, including photos of documentation. There is also a school model at this location, including books and school children in the model. Other things that you can find include the bridal room, courtyard, kitchen, pier, fishing people, and the men in Diwaniyyah.
The Grand Mosque of Kuwait is a quiet mosque and has beautiful views of the surroundings. Many hotels around the Grand Mosque. Anyway the location is good and quite strategic.
This mosque is considered to be the largest mosque in Kuwait, where on the ground floor alone, it can accommodate at least 10,000 people. The visitors who pray at this mosque are claimed to continue to increase throughout the year, making the management of this mosque building a multi-storey parking lot like in a mall. In the month of Ramadan, the places around this mosque, including the roads and parks around the mosque, are transformed as a place of worship considering that so many congregations want to pray in this very large mosque.
Well, for those of you who want to visit here, you must bring a camera because of the elegant design and carrying the Persian style. When you want to tour this mosque, women must wear the hijab. If you don’t bring a hijab, then you can use the cloth you have to function as a hijab, and if you also don’t have a cloth, don’t worry because the hijab will be provided in this mosque. This tour around the mosque takes at least up to 2 hours. By visiting this place, get the benefits of religious tourism which is very useful for your self-development.
Kuwait National Museum
The Kuwait National Museum is located on Gulf Road 25. Precisely not far from the Kuwait MPR Building or the National Assembly Building. The designer of this building is a French national named Michel Ecochard. This Kuwait National Museum is a Kuwait history museum, where you can see the past life of the Kuwaiti people, their daily activities, as well as trade history and traditions in Kuwait.
There are 5 main buildings in this Kuwait National Museum. The building was created near a park and depicts the charming collection of Al-Sabah dynasty art. The museum containing artifacts is also part of the national museum. Here you can see many artifacts found from archaeological excavations on Failaka Island, ancient wooden doors, terracotta and carving tools, 16 million old animal fossils, bronze coins dating from the Hellenistic and Bronze Ages.
The museum also presents many statues depicting ancient Kuwait, such as various photos that will take you back to 1942, Kuwaiti artifacts from the 40’s to 50’s, traditional Kuwaiti houses, to artifacts that have been damaged. during the Gulf War, but was soon repaired and has been reopened to the public. A visit to the Kuwait National Museum is the right thing to do if you want to know the events and geography of the spread of Islam in Kuwait.
The history behind the Kuwait National Museum is also amazing. Before becoming a museum building as it is today, in the past the museum was a kingdom which was the residence of the Kuwaiti Sabah Royal family. Because the discovery at Failaka needed a place to store it, the Department of Antiquity and Museums purchased the Kuwaiti Sabah family’s residence and made it the National Museum of Kuwait. During the Iraqi regime (Gulf War) this museum was demolished, but it was rebuilt and all the artifacts are exhibited here.
This one building is part of the national museum and is the exact location of the artifacts found on Failaka Island. This building has 2 rooms. Meanwhile, Failaka Island is located 20 km east of Kuwait in the Persian Gulf. This is an important island since the Bronze Age. This island was colonized by the ancient Greeks in the 4th century.
Upon entering the Archaeological Museum, visitors will be able to see bronze age cauldrons, flasks and statues from the Hellenistic period, bronze age boats and tripods, as well as necklaces and bracelets, as well as various other stunning pieces of jewelry. There are also discoveries from the Neolithic era which are 16 million years old complete with stone cutters and arrows.
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This theater building is quite large and steep. The location, which can accommodate up to 6000 spectators, was built during the reign of Marcus Aurelius in 169-177 AD.
Roman Theater is divided into 3 horizontal areas. The first is the entrance area on the ground floor, the second is the area that is going to the orchestra, the third is for the stage. The room behind the door now functions as the Jordanian Traditional Museum on one side, and on the other side there is also the Jordanian Folk Museum.
When the building was renovated in 1957, many of the original building materials were replaced so that today the building is no longer completely original. However, the results of the renovation of this building are very impressive and do not leave the original aesthetic. If you want to enjoy various shows here, then you should visit in July or August.
This place belongs to the coastal city which is Jordan’s main gateway to the ocean. Here you can find seaside resorts to the national port.
The attraction of Aqaba, among others, is the number of dive points, reaching 21 points so it is perfect for those of you who like diving, relaxing on the beach, dipping your feet in the sand, a wreck site featuring a Lebanese cargo ship (about 27 meters) and an M40 tank. (depth 6 meters). Well, before visiting this place, pay attention to the preparations for a vacation to the beach.
Apart from having fun diving in Aqaba, you also shouldn’t miss the famous museum in this city, the name is Aqaba Heritage Museum. In this Aqaba museum, you can enjoy and learn about the objects of pre-historic times in Jordan. In this museum you can also enjoy ancient paintings that are more than 1 century old.