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Back from an abdominal influenza which has nearly every fifth in our company I would like to upload another beautiful archtecture of Manama.

WTC - The Bahrain World Trade Center is a 240 m high twin tower built by the architect Shaun Killa.

Three bridges connect the towers; each holding one large 29 m (32 yd) turbine. These turbines face north, which is the direction from which air from the Persian Gulf blows in. The sail-shaped buildings on either side are designed to funnel wind through the gap to provide the maximum amount of wind passing through the turbines. This was confirmed by wind tunnel tests, which showed the building create an ‘S’-shaped flow, ensuring that any wind coming within a 45° angle to either side of the central axis will create a wind stream that remains perpendicular to the turbines. This significantly increases their potential to generate electricity. The wind turbines are expected to provide 11% to 15% of the towers' total power consumption, or approximately 1.1 to 1.3 GWh a year. This is equivalent to providing the lighting for about 300 homes annually. The three turbines were turned on for the first time on 8 April 2008. They are expected to operate 50% of the time in a day. (from wikipedia)

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