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General Information about Kuwait

Kuwait's Islands

There are nine islands in Kuwait: Failaka, Bobiyan, Maskan, Warba, Ouha, Um AIMaradem, Um AI-Naml, Kubbar, and Qarooh.

Bobiyan IslandBobiyan: It is located at the Northeast part of the Arabian Gulf and it is the largest island, with an area of 863 sq. kms. and is linked to the mainland by a metal bridge.

Warba: It is located at the farthest Northern part of the Arabian Gulf, with an area of 37 sq. kms.

Maskan: It lies to the North of Failaka island.

Ouha: It lies to the South of Failaka island.

Um AI-Namal: It is located in the mouth of Kuwait bay. Many Islamic antiquities were found on this island. Near to this island is Okaz whose waters were filled up and turned into land to be used for warehouses of Shuwaikh Port. Um Al-Maradem Island

Kubbar, Qarooh, and Um AI-Maradem: They all lie at the Southern side of the Arabian Gulf. Large flocks of sea birds used to live there, but the numbers of those birds decreased because lots of bird hunters used to visit those islands.

Failaka: Most beautiful and most famous of all Kuwaiti islands, Failaka name is locally pronounced "failecha". It's history combines both the ancient history of the State of Kuwait; dating back to the early Stone Age, and the modern history of the State of Kuwait, when the early "Utoobs" settled in it, after their long journey in 17th century BC. Failaka Island lies 20 Kms to the North East side of Kuwait City. It is 12 Kms long, 6 Kms wide, and it is flat except for a small hill, which is 30 feet high and lies in the extreme Western part of the island, which contains "AI-Khidr" shrine. The island is linked to Kuwait City by an underwater 21 Kms long pipeline that provides the citizens with about 100 million gallons of fresh water every year. Parallel to the underwater pipeline, there are three submarine power cables extending from Kuwait City to the island, providing it with electric Failaka Islandpower. This island has its cherished place in the hearts of the Kuwaiti. people. Apart from its historical importance as an important place for historical relics and ancient antiquities, it has become a modern attraction for tourists, keeping abreast with all aspects of modernity.  

Before the Iraqi aggression on the State of Kuwait, tourists were carried everyday from the mainland at Ras AI-Ard (Salmia) to the island by the ferryboats of the Public Transportation Company, to relax and swim in its transparent waters. Much of their leisure times was spent at its five million square meters tourist complex, located in its Southern part, which contains a good number of swimming pools, sports playgrounds and restaurants, as well as hundreds of conveniently furnished chalets with all amenities.