Building projects of all sizes are exciting. I love how the many small details fit into fewer larger ideas to come together in creating a solution, whether it’s a dwelling, a road, a bridge, or even a whole city. Al Hamra, both as a project and a building, is in a class of its own. Even if one is not interested in architecture or skyscrapers, this building is different. It will (already has) change the skyline Kuwait City for ever. The design is simple, beautiful and unique; and it brings a new level of creativity and sophistication to our city. If that’s not enough, it also happens to be the tallest carved building, and one of tallest skyscrapers in the world.
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I spent almost three hours photographing Kuwait City from Al Hamra Tower yesterday. This magnificent building took me to the highest point in Kuwait on the 74th floor – which I’m told is about 400m high. I will go through the 300 photos I took with my Nikon over the next few days, and will post the full story with better quality images. For now, please enjoy this time lapse attempt. I used a Canon G11 and held it in place, on the scaffolding, using a Gorilla Pod. The intervals were not regular and I know I missed some of the interesting bits, but I hope it gives you an idea of the elevation and views. More images soon…
The weather has been fantastic over the past few days. I’ve been a little too busy to step out and use this time of year to its full. Yesterday, I was in the city and I had my small camera with me. I took the coastal route to Shuwaikh – and stopped at one of my favourite photo locations: Shuwaikh Beach. It offers a wonderful vantage point, and the algae lines provide an interesting lead into the scene.
Not a bad result, really, for a small camera… Have a look at the larger version. The Canon G11 must be the best point-and-shoot out there.
From 30,000 feet, a dust storm is rather beautiful. That’s what we should do in fact: we should build stations high up where the weather is both cooler and dust-free. Just look at that blue sky!
Even dust seems to produce beauty: I love the view above – taken from our cruising altitude. Dubai wasn’t anywhere near as dusty as Kuwait – but it was a ‘yellow’ journey from start to finish. Below are a few shots from the trip, starting with the airport, Dubai, the ‘World’ and Kuwait.
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The second (and final) selection of matchboxes. Mostly of hotels, and roughly grouped into continents. Some of the matches missed out in the first post (EAT) were added here and there…
Above: Movenpick (Heliopolis-Egypt), Sheraton (Doha-Qatar), Le Meridien (Casablanca-Morocco), Crowne Plaza (Farwaniya-Kuwait), The Residence (Tunis-Tunisia) & Sheraton (Muscat-Oman).
The Bellagio (Las Vegas-USA), Sacred Sea Room (Las Vegas-USA), Aladdin (Las Vegas-USA), Luxor (Las Vegas-USA), MGM Grand (Las Vegas-USA), Stratosphere Tower (Las Vegas-USA), Best Western (New York-USA), The Doral (Miami-USA), Pacific Time (Miami-USA) & again Luxor (Las Vegas-USA).
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Many Kuwaitis, most I hope, want to see change. Positive change. The elections next month are fast gaining the feel of now-or-never. I feel optimistic this time. I hope the next parliament and new government work to bring this beautiful country back to the forefront.
On my travels, I capture the old and the new – and quite often I capture change. It occured to me today that apart from my Mangaf blog, I don’t look closer to home.Kuwait City is going through a massive change. The skyline changes by the week and I haven’t posted enough about it.
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Shuwaikh port has seen its fair share of financial crisis, economy slowdown and even war. I love this view of the imported cars, containers in the middle and the city in the background. I hope 2009 is a year of recovery for the world economies, bringing back a sense of reliability and trust.
Whatever your field of work, this is going to be a tough year. Personally I’m happy it’s not “just another year” but rather a year when changes will be seen.
To all of you and your loved ones – HAPPY NEW YEAR.
The weather must be the most talked about subject in polite conversation and small talk, but what we’ve had for the past few days should be headline news… worldwide.
From the dusty unbearably hot days, to the ridiculously humid, we are now experiencing what in my book is perfect weather. Bright days and pleasant evenings – what more do we want? This beautiful blue sky was captured yesterday.
Last night was 24°c and I had to wear a long-sleeved top! My Danish and English friends will probably want to kill me when they see me next.
Heavy rain expected tomorrow.
It was a clear night and while I always try to get a window seat on the right hand side, I couldn’t check-in online for this KLM flight from Muscat. I couldn’t choose my seat and this was the result! I know it’s not the sharpest image, but I had to share this great view.
Kuwait City’s skyline is changing by the day. So many projects in a relatively small concentrated area. Many of the new buildings have a little more inspiration behind them than the old usual peach/beige cubes. My favorite is Al Hamra.
This trip will start off as work then into a holiday a few days later. I can’t wait for the latter. I enjoy my work but it really is time for a break after more than one year with only a week’s break.
Many are talking about the dust like it’s a new thing! This is Kuwait people! I keep hearing things like “This year is the worst ever” “This year’s dust is too fine” ”Visibility is the worst it has ever been” “It will last until the end of the year”
It may have lasted a little longer this time – but it’s nothing new. The photograph above was taken in May last year. Believe it or not this is the junction of 30 with the First Ring Road so on a clear day all you’ll see is buildings about 100m from the highway sign.
Enjoy the lovely summer – oh and wear a mask.
It’s Liberation Day!
I was hoping to take a photo to commemorate this day but instead (being lazy) I decided to photoshop an older photograph to make the Kuwait flag with the traffic colours.
Happy Independence & Liberation. May god always bless Kuwait and everyone in it.
Photographs from our sailing trip a few days ago. I love how calm the sea can make one feel.
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