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October 09, 2002

Somebody is telling a fib.

Somebody is telling a fib. Can you guess who?

The New York Times
Investigators are likely to focus on security procedures surrounding the exercises, Pentagon officials said. Mr. Mezrem, the Kuwaiti spokesman, said the Kuwaiti government was responsible for securing Failaka, a 7-mile-by-4- mile thumb-shaped island about 20 miles east of Kuwait City.

"They must have sneaked on," Mr. Mezrem said, referring to the gunmen. "It's strictly off limits. You need licenses to get clearances."

Kuwait's Top List
The island of Failaka is of special interest to Kuwaitis. Apart from its historical importance as a land of relics and ancient civilizations, it has become a modern tourist attraction, keeping abreast with all aspects of modern progress. Everyday visitors are carried from the mainland at Ras Al Ardh (Salmiya) to the island by ferry boats to relax and swim in its clear waters. Much of their leisure time is spent at its huge Touristic complex, located in the southern part of Failaka, which contains a good number of swimming pools, sports playgrounds and restaurants, as well as hundreds of conveniently furnished chalets with all amenities.

IslamicQ
Failaka Island is the home of Kuwait's main archaeological site with a history going back to the Bronze Age. The Greeks came to Failaka in the 4th Century BC as part of a Greek Garrison commanded by Nearchus an admiral in the army of Alexander the Great. Failaka is about 20 miles from Kuwait City. A convenient ferry service plies the route several times a day.

The Ornithological Society of the Middle East
I spent a full day, on my own, on a return boat trip to Failaka Island, in the hope of connecting with any seabirds of note. The ferry travels from Salmiya Port (leaving times depend on tides) – go through a small barrier and security into the port area. The cost is 2.5KD and exact money is recommended. You will also need to take a passport for identification on arrival at Failaka Island (journey time about 1.5 hours) Due to lack of change at the "booking office" I offered to pay for another daily traveller (a Bangladeshi called Waheed), which turned out to be a good move. Waheed was an agricultural scientist who was making his monthly visit to check a small plantation. On arrival, we toured the plantation (15 minutes) after which we had the free use of a vehicle and Waheed gladly acted as tour guide – showing me the "sights" of the island.

Posted by Bigwig at October 9, 2002 01:35 PM | TrackBack
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