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Mangaf Mansion

Every time I see this house, I grin. I love it that someone has the money and the imagination to build exactly the house he wanted, and that he did it knowing he would probably get criticism. He built it anyway. Good on him.


February 12, 2007 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, Middle East, Photos, Random Musings, Travel


  1. The house looks like it came right out of a movie. I like it.

    Comment by thecollegekid | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. Nice to see you, college kid. It’s even better in person. Very derivative, very creative. It’s a little gaudy, but somehow it all works. . . it makes me grin.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. I love it! I look at that house and see exuberance and joy. I bet that they are a warm, happy family!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. hmmm…i used to absolutly love this house! but marat its a tad too much..but i do love the boldness of it all especially since it really doesnt look like any of the houses around it 🙂

    Comment by princess | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  5. Little Diamond – Joyful exuberance . .. yes, you are right!

    Princess – It might not be the house I would want, but I admire his guts for creating it for his own pleasure, and I admire that it was done well. You look at the towers, and they have been well crafted, you look at the paint and the crennelations and they are precise and well matched. The turquoise and terra cotta has it’s own modernity, and the silver and gold ornamentation – well, I think Little Diamond is right, joyful exuberance. I hope HE grins every time he sees his house, too. Doesn’t it make YOU grin?

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  6. WOW!

    That’s one bold move, right there! 🙂

    I love the details and the woodworks on the main door. But the whole thing seems a bit out of this world.

    Reminds me of the Kremlin…

    Comment by kinan | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  7. Oh so thats where it is….they used it in amusic video once, i didnt think it was in kuwait 🙂

    Comment by Delicately Realistic | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  8. Kinan – good to see you here again. Yep, Kremlin towers, Kuwaiti style. Don’t you love it?

    Delicate – No kidding? a music video?? I would LOVE to see that!

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 13, 2007 | Reply

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  10. Mangaf? Isn’t that house on the road between Fintas and Mahboula?

    A very cool departure from the usual block-style buildings around here.

    Comment by Marshall | February 17, 2007 | Reply

  11. Marshall – You are right, it is Mahboula, not Mangaf. See Fairytale Mansion in Mahboula; just after I had written this house up, a full page article appeared in the Kuwait Times.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 18, 2007 | Reply

  12. This house is in Fintas, block 4 – NOT Mahboula or Mangaf. I know this because I live there, across the street from this house. Block 4 in Fintas is new and has only recently been put on the map.

    Did anyone see the mini-statue of liberty in his garden?

    Comment by Fintasian | May 19, 2007 | Reply

  13. Thank you, Fintasian, for the correction. All these little southern cities kind of blend and I don’t always know where one ends and the next begins. And really, where is Abu Halifa????

    I saw that the British ladies visited this house a couple weeks ago, I think there were photos in the Arab Times, and the Kuwait Times also did a feature on it. I think the owners are As Sadouns, and are very very generous about inviting occasional groups in to see some of the collections they have amassed. Generous and hospitable – have you been inside?

    Yeh, I saw the statue. Truly, I love this guy’s wit, and I love the Russian cupolas.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 19, 2007 | Reply

  14. Ohhhhh – I need to go there and take a pic of this 😀

    I found you once again via the search engine 😉
    Too bad it’s not in Mangaf though, sigh 🙂

    Comment by rainmountain | October 24, 2007 | Reply

  15. Rainmountain – it is a remarkable house – truly like a fairytale. And it is actually on the southern boundary of Fintas – maybe exit 210? Some of the boundaries in the southern parts of Kuwait are a little hazy for me.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 25, 2007 | Reply

  16. They are still all hazy to me, I don’t drive here 😉

    Comment by rainmountain | October 25, 2007 | Reply

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