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2010
    ▸  Area: 200 km ▸  Population: 2,380,000 ▸  Density: 11,900/km
(The population figure is based on a 2005 estimate)
1950
    ▸  Area: 9.4 km ▸  Population: 120,000 approx ▸  Density: 12,766/km
(The area and population figures are based on 1952 and 1955 estimates, respectively.)
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IMAGE 9.1 Aerial view of old Kuwait City
FIGURE 9.8 The past-to-present transitionary period for Kuwait City is identified as the years from 1945 to 1955. Major infrastructure projects and demolitions of entire city quarters were undertaken during this period. In 1946, Kuwait exported its first oil barrel, established its first cargo line, and saw a primary surplus in the state budget. In 1949, the first official modern hospital opened to the public, and in 1950 the first desalinization plant was built. In 1952, the first city master plan was prepared by the British firm, Monoprio and MacFarlane, and was followed, in subsequent years, by the demolition of the majority of the old town.  The transitionary period for Kuwait City is one of the clearest to define, primarily due to the concentrated demolitions of the historic fabric that happened during the early 1950s and 1960s. However, certain irregularities exist also for this case, with oil discovery and oil exploration having almost ten years in-between them, a probable derivative of World War II. Moreover, civil and social infrastructure was already being built from 1910, with the first clinic established in 1913 and the first men’s hospital in 1914. Kuwait’s first public library was founded in 1921, the first airport was built in 1927, and electricity was introduced in 1934.
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    Wells Production water wells Roads Urban area Gravel lag Deflated rugges sand sheets Fall dunes Desert floor deposits calcretive debris Smooth sand sheets Active sand sheets Barchan sand dunes Desert floor deposits siliciala stic granule lag Coastal plain deposits
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IMAGE 9.2 An oblique 1940s view of the old Sharq district showing the curving path created by the second city wall
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IMAGE 9.3 Old Kuwait City
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IMAGE 9.4 Views of Jahra Red Fort
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