India has always been an important source of the foreign labour that has built Kuwait’s skyscrapers, taught in its schools and run its businesses. With the opening of a mosque this year, the subcontinent has become a source of architectural inspiration, too.
The As-Sadeeqa Fatimatul Zahra Mosque, built in the style of the Taj Mahal, is already gaining a reputation as one of Kuwait’s most distinctive buildings.
“It’s giving a sight for the [passengers of] planes when they come in,” said Eisa Mohammed, the supervisor of the Shiite mosque in the Abdullah al Mubarak residential area, a suburb on the approach to Kuwait International Airport.
“Inside, it’s totally different. It’s not the same as the Taj Mahal for sure,” Mr Mohammed said. “It’s not a mausoleum; it’s not a visiting place; it’s a place for praying.”