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…
I returned last night from a very frustrating trip to Dubai. I’ve always known integrity is rare in the business world; now I add decisiveness. People are so busy covering their backs. Half – if not more – of their energy is invested in avoiding decisions. Result in our case: A year’s work – of putting small pieces together for a business deal – fell apart yesterday because of one man. He was born without a spine.
Anyway, this is a positive blog, and positive it shall remain. My meeting was in Jebel Ali and I had to rent a car to go in. I therefore had some free time in the afternoon, and for the first time in Dubai I had a car. I’ve driven there before, but I was stuck often there with colleagues. Non-photographers are not as patient when, say, we’re waiting for the sun to be at exactly the right angle…
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We spent the long Eid weekend in and around Muscat. This post is a little late – but I hope you enjoy the images from out trip. It makes a nice change being on holiday with my camera and not on business. This was a good four days with the family and all we did is explore this beautiful part of the world.
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If Chicago is the windy city, and Paris the city of love, then Cairo has got to be the city of contrast. Every extreme of anything in life is all around. You see it live as you walk the streets and drive through this huge, bustling and sprawling metropolis. On the same street corner you will find the latest luxury cars, a ‘thing’ that can barely be called a car and a donkey-drawn-carriage selling vegetables. This doesn’t even begin to describe the extremes one sees in this place.
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A short hop to Dubai for a day. I didn’t bring my camera this time, so it’s another old photo I’m afraid. You can tell from the columns on the left bank of the road. These are now the supports for the metro track, which is almost complete including stations. The photo above was taken in February 2008.
Dubai is still quiet – but the queue for the taxis at the airport was unbelievably long.
I’m clearing my photos (about half way there) and came across this one last night. I haven’t shared it on this blog before and, with the significance of sunset during this month, I thought it would be nice to post it. The wonderful weather added two major factors to the composition: great colour and the people on the pier.
Click on the photo to have a look at the larger version (it’s a huge one this time). The silhouettes of the people are really interesting, and they put me in a good mood. The photo was taken early October last year.
I wish you and your families all the best for the holy month. To my readers who are not familiar with Ramadan, it is the month every year when Muslims around the world fast during daylight – no food, no water and no smoking until the sun is down. Another significant event that took place during this month is the revelation of the Holy Quran.
The small attractive mosque above is in Fintas. I took the photo earlier this evening at sunset.
مبارك عليكم الشهر و عساكم من عواده
I passed through Jeddah yesterday. This was my view from the hotel room. In fact all I saw of Jeddah was this beautiful sunset.
Sometime last summer I started a book and it found its way into a briefcase of mine. I only found it again two weeks ago, and finally finished reading it on the flight yesterday. The last chapter of Eats Shoots and Leaves by Lynn Truss is about the hyphen, and how it’s becoming extinct. I should therefore point out that the title of this post is Red-Sea Sun-set; not Red Sea-Sun-set.
Good book if you haven’t read it – it’s light despite the heavy subject.
Time seems to stand still in this beautiful city. So much pride is taken in this place by the people in it that nothing, and I do mean nothing, is out of place. It all sits together wonderfully and the whole country has a very relaxed atmosphere.
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Sharq actually means East – so this is a bit of a silly title. It was taken yesterday from the parking of Souq Sharq. I have wanted to take this particular photograph for years! Bad luck with weather coupled with unbelieveable laziness meant I never got round to it.
Intlxpatr‘s sunrise posts are inspiring, and last week she posted about a Sunset Challenge. This gave me the kick I needed and yesterday was the perfect opportunity. The weather was a little dusty, but the result was as good as I could get it to be. Yesterday, this was probably one of the most relaxing places to be in Kuwait.
I wish everyone a blessed month, full of answered prayers and contentment.
مبارك عليكم الشهر و كل عام و أنتم بخير
Photograph taken earlier this evening in Sabah Al Salem area. It was so humid outside it felt like under-water photography.
The sun is setting over Heathrow’s horizon.
I took this an hour before we boarded.
We took a few colleagues from Europe out on a boat trip yesterday…. It was so hot (obviously) but absolutely beautiful. Dinner was served as soon as it got dark and we were moored near the Kuwait Towers.