Failaka Island - 5 Things to Know Before Visiting
About Failaka Island
Island on the coast of Kuwait. In 2000 B.C., Mesopotamians settled in Failaka at least a century before the Dilmun civilization. Traders from the Sumerian city of Ur occupied Failaka and ran a mercantile business. Failaka had many Mesopotamian-style buildings typical of those found in Iraq dating from around 2000 B.C.
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Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre
26.37km from Failaka Island
A cultural complex located in Kuwait, owned by the Amiri Diwan. It consists of six main components; The Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Space Museum, Arabic Islamic Science Museum, Fine Arts Centre and the external spaces known as the Public Realm. The Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre is an 18-hectare site making it the world’s largest museum complex.
28.32km from Failaka Island
A group of three slender towers in Kuwait City, standing on a promontory into the Persian Gulf. They were the sixth, and the last group in the larger Kuwait Water Towers system of 34 towers (33 store water; one stores equipment), and were built in a style considerably different from the other five groups. The Kuwait Towers were officially inaugurated in March 1979 and are regarded as a landmark and symbol of modern Kuwait.
Al Hamra Tower
29.52km from Failaka Island
With a height of 414 meters, Al Hamra Tower is the tallest building in Kuwait, and the tallest carved concrete skyscraper in the world, besides its spectacular structure the tower contains other things that attract tourist such as the luxurious shopping center, restaurants, theaters, and a unique 900 square meter reception hall on the ground floor.
The Grand Mosque of Kuwait
31.21km from Failaka Island
The Great Mosque, also known for the locals as “Al-Masjid Al-Kabir” is the largest mosque in Kuwait, near the Persian Gulf. The mosque is built on Andalusian style and accommodates over 10,000 people, it also has a large library divided into two sections, the first section is for religious people, and the second is for the non-Arabic Muslims and the non-Muslims.
31.56km from Failaka Island
At 372 meter high, the Liberation Tower is the second largest structure in Kuwait, it was named after the Iraqi invasion. It’s a telecommunication tower used by the ministry of transportation, but there is a fancy revolving restaurant and an observation deck which attracts a lot of visitors.
Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre
33.54km from Failaka Island
Informally known as the Kuwait Opera House, it is a prominent cultural center in Kuwait. It is the largest cultural center and opera house in the Middle East.
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What Visitors Say About Failaka Island
Failaka Island has everything! There are a lot of activities you can do on the island. Otherwise there is a mini zoo, a heritage villages, a little artificial lake where you can rent a swan shaped paddel boat. You can visit the old ruins of the Dilmun civilasation and there also Greek ruins. In ther hertiage viligae you can find a museum that shows you rooms of the old palace where the ruler used to come to when he had enough of Kuwait. In the heritage area are also two coffeeshops or tea houses and the place where you would have lunch from a buffett. It is also super interesting to explore the war torn ruins of the village that are accessible to everyone. If you have still some time left, there is a sight where all the anti aircraft systems and old tanks are parked s well aas a camel farm near by. To get there you need to go to one of the IKARUS counters, in Salmiya at the Marina Mall the ship is leaving in the morning and returning in the evening. The ticket is 15 KD each for a return ticket including lunch. You can stay over for the night if you like to because there is a hotel.