Kuwait Towers (Abraj Al-Kuwait in Arabic) is Kuwait's most famous landmark and is consider among the best beautiful and well designed towers around the World since it was officially inaugurated in 1979.
It is a group of three slender towers that symbolizes Kuwait's economic resurgence and also World cultural as well as tourism attraction, standing on a promontory into the Arab Gulf on the Kuwait bay and the tip of the Kuwait city waterfront.
The main tower is a 187 meter concrete column supporting two spheres. The largest sphere, at a height of 75 meters, contains a restaurant, banquet hall, indoor garden and a cafeteria. The lower half of the sphere is reserved with a water capacity of 4500 cubic meters. The smaller panoramic sphere, at 123 meters, contains no water but houses a revolving observatory with a souvenir store and a quick snack cafeteria. Due to the complexity of the spherical shape, triangulated glass system was applied on it to allow for transparency and view.
The second tower, not accessible to the public, supports a spherical tank with a water capacity of 4500 cubic meters.
The third structure holds no water but serves to complete the composition. It is a concrete needle equipped with floodlights that illuminate the other two towers.
The design of the towers by architect Malene Bjorn, which has been chosen from three designs submitted out of ten designs created, was approved by the late Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and was conceived by Swedish and Yugoslavian companies. The main concept behind the design 'may' came from the traditional pearl weaving using needles.
The spheres distinctive bluish ‘sequins' clad in 8 colored 55,000 enameled steel plates which looks like pearls themselves was inspired by mosaic-surfaced Islamic domes, and tranquilizes harmony between both the serene blue waters and the rising sky.
Construction works took five years from 1971 to 1976, with official opening ceremony on March 1st, 1979.