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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.

Last week, I was on the DLR looking out at great views of the place that runs the world’s money.  It had been a few years since I was in the City, so I stopped to take a couple of quick shots.  It still surprises me how much, and how little, this place impresses me.

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Even though I don’t spend much time here, I feel at home in Bahrain.  The people are lovely and the place is really well manicured.  I always notice the attention to detail that places like Muscat and Dubai place on their appearance – something we definately need to work on in Kuwait – and Bahrain is great at it.  Beautiful landscaping and lots of care for older buildings.

I have many Bahraini friends and I manage to meet some of them during my visits. This time is even more special.  I received an email from an old classmate in the UK, who tells me he had relocated to Bahrain with his family a few months ago.  I’m reading this email as I’m checking in at the hotel in Manama.  He had seen many cars with Kuwaiti number plates and wondered if I ever visited.  I haven’t seen him for four years, so imagine the surprise when I called him – minutes after he sent the email – telling him I’m actually in Bahrain today!  We will have lunch in an hour.

The buildings in the picture are my new favourite modern building in the whole Gulf. Previously the top of the list was the tower in Dubai on Sh Zayed Road.  

Back in May, I read a post by Mahmoud Al Yousef about Bahrain being ranked number 8 sin city in the world!  Mahmoud doesn’t blog any more, but this is a link to the post.  

I can’t help imagining these twin buildings as the horns of the devil…

It was time to test the high ISO capability of my camera.  This was taken last night shortly after take off from LHR.  We were high up, it was dark and partly cloudy.  The result was not perfect – but I hope you will agree it’s worth sharing.

The river Thames meandures around the Financial District in London.  The dark clouds above tell a story of the financial troubles the world is facing.  Hope it’s a clear day soon for all.