Thursday, May 29, 2008

Embassy, City Scenes

We visited the American embassy to discuss this project (of creating a Kuwait American Community College) with the Counselor for Public Affairs. I took a picture of the side of the building, above, but in order to enter the embassy you have to give up all of your electronics. So, no pictures of that event for you. Our meeting was productive and the project continues to evolve. It's very exciting. A side note: as we consider delivering courses to US military personnel here in Kuwait, it's very interesting to learn about the history of US military presence in Kuwait. has useful information, including a list of camps, for instance, Camp Arifjan located south of Kuwait City and Camp Virginia, which I think is located in Al Jahra outside of the city.

Below is the Liberation Tower, the symbol of Kuwait's freedom and resurgence. It's one of the tallest telecomunications towers in the world, taller than the Eiffel Tower. It was inaugurated on 10 March 1996. Inside there's a revolving observation level and a restaurant.
In this short entry I'd like to simply show you the sights as I've seen them, mostly from the van as we drive by, and also up close in places we've stopped.
Below, a set of the many desalination/water towers you see all over the city.
Following are pictures of the many different types of residential and office buildings you can see in the city.

Zooming by... lots of construction.

Below, the Stock Exchange


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