Interesting Places Along Gulf Road (2)

  1. 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.”
  2. Abdulaziz Al Othman Mosque: I’m not sure when it was built, but it is noteworthy because the Friday sermon is given in English!
  3. Kuwait National Museum: built in 1983, you could read more about the museum in the publication Acquiring Modernity.
  4. 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 in sharq.” 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. There is also Al Sharhan, which dates back to the 19th century. An older photograph of the door is featured in Tareq Rajab’s book Glimpses from Kuwait 60-06.
  5. Sadu House: a museum located in a traditional home showcasing age-old artisanal handicraft. In a 1988 thesis entitled The Urbanisation of Kuwait Since 1950 we learn that, “some of Kuwait’s old merchant homes along the waterfront have been restored–these include Bayt al Badr, Bayt al Sadu, and the al-Ghanim family house occupied by the Kuwait Society of Formative arts.”
  6. Bayt al Badr: in his work Socio-Spatial Analysis of Traditional Kuwaiti Houses, Dr. Omar Khattab writes that, “Al-Bader House… was built during the 1840s out of mud and coral stones with wooden roofs. IT was used as a house, guest house and later as horses’ stables. Bader house is probably the most representative of traditional Kuwaiti lifestyle, with its space and arrangement and locations. The house has four entrances; two opening to the diwaniya court for friends and aquaintances, one on amara court formal guests and business, and the last on harem court for females and family.”
  7. National Library of Kuwait: you can read about visiting times and whatnot here.
  8. Al Qibliyah School Cultural Center: a historic girls school, you can read a bit about its history here.

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