Sabeel Water Fountains

Sabeel Water Fountains

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Sabeel Water Fountains

Fountains of Life and Charity on the Streets of Kuwait

You will not die out of thirst in Kuwait. Whether you take the air on your feet or drive your car, free drinking water is distributed to all neighborhoods of Kuwait and its urban areas, which are called in Arabic, Maa’a Sabeel, i.e. the road drinking fountain. What is interesting is that water fountains are covered with large sculptures so that walkers can see them remotely.


Most of the designs are associated with the Kuwaiti heritage, such as lanterns, water-preserving pottery, and other famous architectural forms such as the old wooden house of Kuwait or water towers, in addition to the design of Dallah Arabic coffee, which symbolizes hospitality.

 Photos by Athoob Al-Shuaibi

Photos by Athoob Al-Shuaibi

Passers use these fountains to drink and fill small water tanks for street cats, stray dogs and birds from the door of animal welfare throughout the year. As a charity, water is a favorite to Muslims. Kuwait spends a great deal of money on digging drinking water wells in poor countries. Local Sabeel drinking water springs are sometimes placed on behalf of a deceased person, a private institution or a donation from a cooperative society.

Some private professionals distort the fountains by pasting their advertisements on drinking water fountains as if they were to be a complimentary advertising space and not to drink water for free! The huge fountains in their varied shapes add an aesthetic touch to the streets, but not all public water fountains are embossed, with merely a fence to protect them from theft. But at the end, they all reflect philanthropy.

 

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