Kuwait Towers

Landmark in Kuwait City

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The Kuwait Towers, with their distinctive blue-green ‘sequins’, are the instantly recognisable symbols of a nation. Designed by a Swedish architectural firm, they opened in 1979. The largest of the three rises to a height of 187m and houses a two-level revolving observation deck, gift shop and cafe. The towers were closed for major refurbishment at the time of research, but in any event they're much more beautiful from outside and they're visible from all along the corniche.

The lower globe on the largest tower stores around four million litres of water. The middle tower is also used for water storage, while the smallest tower is used to light up the other two.