Sites Along Gulf Road (2)

According to this Kuwait Times article, “Al-Seif Street (now known as Gulf Road) was considered the most important and longest street in old Kuwait. It ran from Sharq to Qibla and included many famous landmarks and commercial and occupational centers that were the main backbone of the country’s economy and a source of livelihood in the past.” Here are some of the sites along it you can see today:

  1. Sabah Al Ahmad Building: a notable building next to the National Assembly
  2. Kuwait National Assembly: built between 1972 and 1985, you can see it under construction in the documentary Kuwait: A Dream Suspended at around the 12 minute mark. The authors of Modern Architecture Kuwait write that, “its unique silhouette, with waving roof lines and curved concrete canopy softly evoke natural shapes, and at the same time forms a narrative about human construction elements, such as the desert tents and sails, two interwoven essences of the country.”
  3. Abdulaziz Al Othman Mosque: it is noteworthy because the Friday sermon is given in English
  4. Harbor Walk: across the street from the National Museum, a lovely place to take a stroll
  5. Kuwait National Museum: built in 1983, you could read more about the museum in the publication Acquiring Modernity.
  6. Historic Mosques: one of the historic mosques in this area is Al-Sayer. In Kuwait Transformed, Farah Nakib writes that, “in 1923, Abdullah al-Sayer turned eight shops in the water market into awqaf for the maintenance of the Al Sayer mosque.” There is also the historical Al Saeed mosque. According to Claudia Rushoud’s post on Instagram, this mosque was built in 1878 and is noteworthy due to its “short, stubby minaret,” which is much more traditional than the “tall, slender” minarets you typically see today. You can also see Al Sharhan, which dates back to the 19th century.
  7. Sadu House: a museum located in a traditional home showcasing age-old artisanal handicraft
  8. National Library of Kuwait: now open in the evenings!
  9. Al Qibliyah School Cultural Center: a historic girls school, you can read a bit about its history here.
  10. Al Seif Staircase: Just beyond the National Library there are some restaurants, behind which is this notable staircase


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