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A: Al Sawaber complex

by John P. Belmonte, 720 meters away

Al Sawaber is a Kuwaiti housing project built in 1976.

Al Sawaber complex

B: Sharq Kuwait

by Sijo Abraham, 810 meters away

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C: Sharq Beach Kuwait

by Sijo Abraham, 1.1 km away

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D: Sharq Beach Kuwait

by Sijo Abraham, 1.1 km away

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E: Souk Sharq Park

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F: Souk Sharq Marina at Night

by Alex Dennis Bolado, 1.3 km away

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G: Sharq Mall view deck

by John P. Belmonte, 1.3 km away

Lying over the Water Front Project, Souq Sharq is within easy reach. Its vibrant atmosphere lasts thr...

Sharq Mall view deck

H: Sharq Mall

by John P. Belmonte, 1.3 km away

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Sharq Mall

I: Kuwait International Bank

by Sijo Abraham, 1.3 km away

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J: Dhow in Souk Sharq

by Alex Dennis Bolado, 1.3 km away

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Dhow in Souk Sharq

This panorama was taken in Middle East

This is an overview of Middle East

Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.

The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.

Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!

When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.

Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.

Text by Steve Smith.

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