Failaka Island has some of the most significant archaeological sites in the Gulf. With a history dating from the Bronze Age, evidence of Dilmun and Greek settlements, a classical heritage (the Greeks called it Ikaros) and a strategic location at the mouth of one of the Gulf’s best natural harbours, this island could and should be considered one of Kuwait’s top tourist attractions.
Alas, recent history has deemed otherwise. First, Iraqi forces established a heavily fortified base on Failaka, paying scant regard to the relics over which they strewed their hardware, and then Allied personnel were billeted there, with equally pitiful regard for antiquities.
Thanks to the new resort, the island is once again open to visitors and is beginning to assume its rightful importance at last, although it will be some time before access to the archaeological sites will be possible.