Worth a Trip: Bridge to Nowhere

When exploring Mutla Ridge, follow the signs to Subiyah for 30 minutes, and you’ll eventually reach the bizarre Bridge to Nowhere, some 50km northeast of Al Jahra. There’s a checkpoint in front of it, preventing further exploration, but the bridge spans more than just the narrow passage to Bubiyan Island; it also reinforces Kuwait’s claim to the island in the face of erstwhile claims by both Iraq and Iran. So keen was Kuwait to maintain its claim to the uninhabited, flat and barren island and its neighbouring water supply that, when the Iraqis blew up the middle section of the bridge in 1991, the Kuwaitis quickly rebuilt it even though it goes to nowhere.