March 7, 2014
Earlier this week, my dad, mom, and I toured the Grand Mosque, which is the largest and the official mosque of Kuwait. Construction on the mosque began in 1979 and it was completed in 1986, at a cost of 40 Million Kuwaiti Dinar. The mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 men in the main prayer hall, and up to 950 women in the in the women's prayer hall. During Ramadan, the entire mosque grounds lined are with worshipers and they can accommodate over 100,000 people. We had an amazing tour guide, a young woman from Egypt, who gave us lots of great information about the Mosque and Islam.
The main hall is almost 250 feet wide on each side, is lined with Egyptian carpets, beautiful teakwood doors from Turkey, chandeliers from Germany, and stained glass from France. The main dome is decorated with the 99 names of God.
The mosque has 7 niches in the main prayer hall, facing the direction of Mecca, where Muslims pray.
All women entering the Mosque must be covered, and they lend you and abeya for the tour.
The stained glass in the room was beautiful.
Posted by Heather P. at 5:47 AM
March 5, 2014
Captain Nabyl gave great commentary of the boats we were passing, and history of things we were seeing.
A shipwreck from before the Gulf War.
Abeer made a delicious hot tea with saffron for us to enjoy.
We sat for a while and talked and laughed as we watched the Kuwaiti skyline come to life. Everything looks so beautiful lit up at night.
From the water, it felt like we really could have been off the coast of just about anywhere.
And then it got even better. Nabyl got us the best falafel we have ever tried from the market. And we left with fresh fish…minus the head :).
Thank you for the fun evening Nabyl and Abeer. We will do it again!
Posted by Heather P. at 12:13 PM