The Liberation Tower is the second tallest tower in Kuwait, and the fifth tallest telecommunication tower in the world. It is the symbol of Kuwaiti Liberation, and represents the country's resurgence. Officially unveiled by the late Kuwaiti Amir, Sheikh Jabel Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on 10th March 1996, the tower is 372m tall, which is 40m taller than the Eiffel Tower.
The Liberation Tower is so-named following the multinational coalition that led to liberation of the nation from seven months of Iraqi occupation during the Gulf war.
The construction of the tower began before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on 2nd August 1990. But, when the invasion happend, the construction of the tower was half-way complete, and had to be put on hold. But as there was no damage to the structure, the construction resumed when the Iraqi forces were expelled on 27th February 1991. Upon its completion in 1993, the tower was renamed "Liberation Tower" representing Kuwait’ liberation from Iraq.
Design and Structure
The structure is made using ceramic tiles on the façade from base to first mezzanine level. Three natural light shades render a geometric design from the base. The tower, including the telecommunications complex, is divided into three working areas - a public communications center; revolving observatory level, and a restaurant at 150 meters; and the adjacent plant and equipment structure.
There are a total of 18 elevators that are amongst the fastest in the world.
As for the revolving mezzainine, there are six office floors spanning 12000 sqm above the revolving observatory level, that rise up and out within a section covered in aniodised aluminium, so as to withstand the extreme temperatures.
The tower includes a revolving restaurant and an observation platform, apart from radio and telecommunications offices.
The striking Liberation Tower, with its UFO-like saucer is one among the world’s 50 tallest buildings.
Is the tower open to public visits?
The tower itself is not open to public for visits directly. But, there are guided tours arranged by either AWARE centre or TIES Centre once or twice a year. They can be contacted if you wish to visit the tower. The complex under the tower has several ministerial offices located here like Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stamping services, Public Authority for Civil Information and more such offices that are open to public.
Given the historical and monumental significance of this tower, visitors usually do not miss the opportunity to visit this destination during their travel to Kuwait.
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