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FAILAKA ISLANDS - KUWAIT ATTRACTIVE PLACES

Failaka_island_in_KuwaitFailaka Island is a beautiful small and famous island 20 Km away from the Kuwait city. Located north east of mainland and 50 kilometers from the southernmost tip of Iraq, Failaka Island is twelve kilometers in length and six kilometers in width and is very flat, is triangular with its base in the west and head in the southeast.  During the Iraqi invasion the Island was completely destroyed, prior to invasion people are staying there now it was a strategically important base for war operations.  Local Kuwaitis pronounced as “Failacha”.

Historical importance

During the First centaury AD filaka was used as trading spot on the sea route between the Mesopotamia and other civilizations in the Arabian Gulf, English famous archaeologist T. Geoffrey Bibby was best known for his successful search for Dilmun which was centered in Bahrain, he found the remains from Failaka Islands and the proof of the Bronze Age Dilmuns and Hellenistic Greeks, The Greeks arrived in the Island in 4th century BC, who left many treasures from which, their past could be reconstructed. The Greeks have lived in this island for two centuries from 4th century BC. Failaka, is also the home of Kuwaiti’s main archaeological site, and is worth a visit. A temple is considered as the centerpiece of this island.
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