persian gulf

The Pearl

Population of 5,000; part of Qatar; 1.54 square miles.

Interesting fact: the island is being artificially constructed and when it is finished is intended to be home to 45,000 residents.

The Pearl-Qatar (by Lornss AlNaimi)


The Embassy of the United Arab Emirate in Kuwait City by an unknown Kuwait architect [1980]. It was photographed by Arup Associates to analyze how Arab architecture in the Gulf has been affected by a rapid pace in economic development and infrastructural modernization. In this example, they observed how the traditional motifs and style found on Khaleeji mud brick structures were combined with those of other Islamic lands, such as the muqarnas borders.  These motifs were then simplified and reflected on a basic marble structure. 

Photograph by Paul Edward Case.

From “Boom Time in Kuwait,” National Geographic, December, 1952.

Merchants Walk a New Street Cut Through the Heart of Booming Kuwait

Asphalt, brought in from Iran’s Abadan refinery before its shutdown, paves the surface. The shop, which specializes in rugs and pearls, also offers antique firearms, coats of chain mail, brassbound chests, pottery, and dusty odds and ends. The two traders wear Arabian robes and headdress, protection against both heat and cold, above Western suits. The Sheikdom is spending millions of oil dollars on improved streets, sewers, and water mains. Mud-wall houses, which collapse under heavy rains, are giving way to cement-block structures.

3D-Printed Reefs Could Rehabilitate Persian Gulf Ecosystem

By Denise Chow, Staff Writer   |   November 07, 2013 01:55pm ET

Artificial reefs created using 3D printing technology may be effective tools for restoring marine life in threatened ecosystems. A Bahrain-based organization, called Reef Arabia, is using 3D-printed reef formationsto rehabilitate the waters of the Persian Gulf, reported TreeHugger.

Artificial reefs can help restore sea life by providing a base for corals and sponges to take hold. The waters off Bahrain’s coast have suffered from overfishing, but Reef Arabia is hoping its 3D-printed formations will help revive the region’s marine diversity. The group is designing artificial reefs printed using non-toxic sandstone material, which will give the formations a more realistic feel, said Reef Arabia team member David Lennon.

“With 3D printing we can get closer to natural design because of its ability to produce very organic shapes and almost lay down material similar to how nature does it,” Lennon told TreeHugger.

The 3D-printed reefs take only a day to print, and can be constructed four at a time, according to TreeHugger.


TBH, I wish this article had more info than just the Brief D:

USS Missouri During Persian Gulf War        Tanks and personnel carriers transporting Iraqi troops are destroyed by the USS Missouri.                                                 

Date Photographed:        February 5, 1991                       

Photographer:                 Jacques Langevin                      

 Location:                         Khafji, Saudi Arabia