Wednesday, July 04, 2012

"Kuwait Towers"

The Kuwait Towers are three towers of reinforced concrete in Kuwait City. The main tower is 187 metres high and serves as a restaurant and water tower. It also has a Viewing Sphere which rises to 123 meters above sea level and completes a full turn every 30 minutes. The second tower is 145.8 metres high and serves as a water tower. The third tower houses equipment to control the flow of electricity and illuminates the two larger towers. The towers hold 4,500 cubic meters of water.

They opened to the public in March 1979. In 1991, after the liberation of Kuwait City during the First Gulf War, the towers were surveyed for structural damage. Substantial shell and bullet damage to the towers' exteriors was found. Interior damage was mainly to electrical gear, mostly lift equipment. Some of the large triangular glazed panels were also damaged by shell fire....

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