National Assembly Building

Kuwait City

The official seat of Kuwait's parliament with its distinctive canopy – designed to evoke the image of Bedouin tents – was the brainchild by Jørn Utzon, the Danish architect behind the Sydney Opera House. Completed in 1982, the dramatic white building is not open to the public, but it's worth a look from the outside.

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3. Kuwait National Museum

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7. Al Jahra Gate

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