ABDUL KAREEM HOUSE
Once the residence of Jazeera Al Hamra's main trader, the large house complex is dominated by four wind towers surrounding a central courtyard. Their architectural differences characterize the major changes in building material and style during the development of the compound.
The two oldest wind towers, both constructed from traditional materials (coral and beach rock), are situated at the northern side of the courtyard. During the summer, the wind towers provided ventilation for the open verandas, while the beautifully decorated rooms in the back were used during the cooler months.
At a later time, two more wind tower houses were added to the opposite ends of the courtyard. Built from sand bricks, the wind tower houses represent a more modern version with a decorative wind tower façade.