Liberation Tower

Parimita Barooah Bora
Saturday, February 12, 2011

Towering high above the city of Kuwait, this is one monument you cannot miss while gazing at the city's skyline. Nor it is unknown to anyone staying in Kuwait. But do you know that this popular landmark measures 372 meters, which makes it about 40 meter’s taller than Paris' Eiffel Tower. It is a symbol of Kuwait's liberation from the Iraqi rule during the Gulf War. In addition it is also one of the tallest telecommunication towers around the world.  It is also the tallest structure in Kuwait. Construction of the tower started before Iraqi invasion on August 2, 1990. It was then meant to be called The Kuwait Telecommunication Tower. When the invasion took place, the construction was put on hold and resumed after Saddam Hussein’s forces were relegated. The tower was renamed as the Liberation Tower, in the year 1993; after the renovation was over.His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah inaugurated this telecommunications tower on March 10, 1996.

On your visit to Liberation Tower , you will see that the structure façade is made up of ceramic tiles on the frontage from the base to the first lowest level, which is about 308 meters above the ground. The tower and the telecommunication compound are divided into three working areas. They include, a public communication center, revolving observation level and a restaurant, and the adjoining plant and equipment structure. There are 18 elevators in this tower. These can carry you up and down in no time. Two of them are enclosed with glass and can accommodate 21 passengers. They are regarded as one of the fastest in the world at notching up speeds of about 6.3 meters per second. There are six floors of offices set up above the revolving mezzanine floor. It is also known as Tahreer Tower. The view of Kuwait you get to see from the observation platform is breathtaking.

The Liberation Tower of Kuwait, is similar to the C N Tower (a communications and observation tower in TorontoOntario, Canada.) since both contain a revolving restaurant, observation platform, telecommunications equipment and similar architecture.

This is one must-visit destination when you are in Kuwait. It houses many government offices so it remains close for public. Only on Liberation Day from morning 7am to 12 noon, it remains open to general public. There are no entrance fees. And lots of activities are organized on this special day on the observation platform. You will surely enjoy if you visit it.

So if you want to visit Liberation Tower, it has to be on this special day.

Parimita Barooah Bora is a onetime lecturer and currently she is a stay-at-home mom. Having done her post graduation in English, Education and Travel n Tourism, she taught for few years until her relocation to Kuwait. She likes to share the experiences of her life as a freelance contributor to various newspapers, magazines and websites. Now, as a freelance writer and teaching children in the evenings at home keeps her busy. Member of IWIK Team.
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zubair ansari
Monday, April 11, 2011
i have been to lebration tower many times, why you people want to see this? it same as kuwait tower. go to kuwait tower have a fun .bye
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Parimita
Saturday, March 5, 2011
I was surprise as to how you would find the gates closed on Liberation Day.For the last four years we had been visiting it and enjoyed the magic show,quiz competition, Arabic dance show etc.Of course we didn't go this time as we didn't find the weather favorable to take my infant.

But when I found that some of you we were told that it remains open only from 9.30-10.30am,I went myself to enquire yesterday.To my utter surprise the guard told me smilingly that I have to wait for the next Liberation Day to visit it. When I asked him if it was open this time, he said "yes".Its a mystery to me why you were told that its close. He said the same visiting hours which i have stated in the write-up.

I am still thinking what might have happened.Its still a mystery to me.
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avs
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Hi Parimita,

I went with my family on 26/2 at 10.30 & it was closed. The guy at reception told us (other family were also there) to come next day at 9AM & again we went but the reception guy was different & he told us it is closed.
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r
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Dear Parimita,

After reading your article, I went with my family to visit Liberation tower on 26th. We reached at about 10.50am thinking that it would be open till 12 noon as mentioned here.

However, the guy at the gate told us that it had been closed to the public and had been open only from 9.30-10.30am!
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jlit
Sunday, February 20, 2011
It's fantastic!!!

Once our family went and returned without getting in. It was also on a Liberation day, but we were not knowing the opening hours.

Any how this time we will do visit and thanks for the information and the opening schedule.

Good . Keep it up

vairas
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
THANKS FOR THE GOLDEN INFORMATIONS R U SURE 25TH &26TH OPEN PLS ANYONE KNOWN PLSSSSSSSSSS RPLY
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mb
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
unless and untill it opens for public you cannot say anything.lot of things are said in many areas/issues but until it actually happens you cannot believe anything in kuwait.things move very slowly in kuwait.hope it happens fast.keep waiting till it happens.
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ARVIND
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
thanx for the info.
it will really be nice if it opens for public everyday.
we visited it last year during the Liberation day and enjoyed very much. the view of the city from the rotating observation desk is very panoramic.
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BINUBABY
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
In leberation tower only have 6 elevators . Total in the complex there is 18.
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BINUBABY
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

soon it will open to public every day..A revolving restaurant will open at the height of 150 m.
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R.Mathew
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Timely information.Keep up!
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joicy
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
thank u for the information

Parimita
Monday, February 14, 2011
Its open only on Liberation Day ....opens to public from 7am to 12noon. Sorry i dont have the contact number.

avs
Sunday, February 13, 2011
is it open on 25 & 26 both days? any contact numbers to check the timings?

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rasbudeen
Sunday, February 13, 2011
realy good message.. thanks..

SWATI AGARWAL
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Nice one.Just at time.Gearing up for Liberation Day
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Sunday, February 13, 2011
Thank you for the information.
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