Failaka

Failaka

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Feilaka

(fīlä`kä), island, 15 sq mi (39 sq km), Kuwait, in Persian Gulf 17 mi (27 km) E of Kuwait City. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it was the site of an outpost established by Alexander the Great's general NearchusNearchus
, fl. 324 B.C., Macedonian general, b. Crete; friend of Alexander the Great. In 325 B.C., Alexander, about to leave India, had a fleet built in the Indus to transport part of the army home. Nearchus was put in command.
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. Most of the modern population, which was concentrated in the village of Az Zor (or Az Zaur) on the NW coast, fled when the Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. Greek ruins have been excavated on the island.
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1982 -- Failaka Resort was inaugurated, boasting an area of five million square meters and comprised of 472 chalets.
We spent 25 days on an isolated island, Failaka Island, where the real events of the film took place; ruins and remains of the war still exist on that island including cars, bullets, and shattered homes," Hussein emphasized.
Kuwait is set to pump in $160 billion to develop five major islands - Boubyan, Warba, Failaka, Maskan and Aouha - over the next 20 years, said a report.
The new base would be built on Failaka, an island about 20 kilometres off the coast of Kuwait City in the Arabian Gulf, Major-General Khalid Al Kandari said.
Several four- and five-star hotels and resorts are likely to open in Kuwait this year and plans are under way to transform Failaka Island into a premier leisure and tourist destination.
He will also oversee all the food outlets of the hotel such as Failaka all day dining, Library Lounge, Bay View, room service as well as private dining and the hotel's catering operations.
Marines on Kuwait's Failaka Island and on the MV Limburg, a French oil tanker.
The 43 sq km Failaka is only 20 km east of Kuwait City and is being developed into a major tourism and leisure resort.
Other projects include a new terminal at Kuwait International Airport; a media city; further development of the Mubarak Al Kabeer Port on Boubiyan Island; Al Zour 2 power generation project; Al Zour refinery; establishment of a joint stock low-cost housing company; development of the Failaka Island; expansion of the sewage network; and a solid waste treatment facility in Kabd.
Difficulties resulting from the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait resulted in a change of plans for French archaeologists originally intending to work on Failaka, and Gachet-Bizollon and her colleagues continued excavation of Tell Azaz from 1993 to 1996.
The network supplies more than 280mn gallons per day of fresh water, and the plants are situated in Ardiya, Hawally, Salmiya, Failaka Island, Adailiya and the water towers of Kuwait.
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