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Kuwait City (Arabic: مدينة الكويت, transliteration: Madīnat al-Kūwait), is the capital and largest city of Kuwait. It has an estimated population of 63,600 (2006 estimate) within city limits and 2.38 million in the metropolitan area. Located at the heart of the country on the shore of the Persian Gulf, and containing Kuwait's parliament (Majlis Al-Umma), most governmental offices, the headquarters of most Kuwaiti corporations and banks, it is the indisputable political, cultural and economic center of the emirate.

No, this is not a sky that welcomed me back home at 3.30AM this morning from trip to Qatar (I still wonder when will I catch up on the sleep deficit from recent trips due to these crazy flight times and early mornings start ups to capture the best light), this was a sky on my return from Saudi Arabia few weeks back. I can still picture in my mind that amazing sky I’ve seen from the plane when approaching Kuwait and recall how desperate I felt not being on land. As we landed the sky started to change colors and I tried to rush through passport control and custom check as fast as I could. When taxi brought me home, I had just enough time to drop my language there and rush to the top of my building to capture this scene, unfortunately door to the top floor was locked so I had to rush to neighboring higher building (which I have recently managed to sneak in). I still wore my lovely abaya (Arabic long black dress) as I had just arrived from Riyadh and when the guy from the reception saw me he looked really strangely at me. I didn’t have enough time to explain that I’ll be sneaking to the very top of his building so I pretended that I’m visiting someone there. I only wish welcome back to Kuwait would be as beautiful as this every time. Btw, just a small note – after trying to find best view points from high buildings during my trips in different places in the world, I realized that that there might be nice view from the very top of the building I live in. And as you can see, I was right but it took me nearly 2 years to find out. Sometimes the great things can be just behind the corner, or in this case, few floors above you.

Canon 5D Mark II, f/9.0, 30 sec, ISO 100, 22 mm

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Additional Photos by Lucie CzNLUkKw (lucinka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 135 N: 1821] (9976)
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