Failakha Island is located approximately 20 km North East of Kuwait City. Studies indicate traces of Human settlement can be found on Failaka dating back to as early as the 3rd millennium BC. Failakha was first known as Agarum, according to Sumerian cuneiform texts found on the island.
Studies indicated that Alexander the Great received reports about two islands from the missions, sent to discover the Arabian shoreline of the Gulf, where the second island located a complete sailing journey with pleasant climatic conditions. Alexander the Great ordered to name the island as “Ikaros”, which is popularly known as Failaka.
After the collapse of the empires in western Asia, the first centuries of the Christian era brought new settlers to Failaka, the island became a secure home for a Christian community until 9th century A.D. Failaka was then continuously inhabited throughout the Islamic period until the present. Failaka is considered one of the key sources of knowledge about civilizations emerging from within the Gulf region.
Features: The Sa’ad and Sae’ed area of Failakha Island has many archaeological sites such as Dilmun Town, Al-Hakim Palace, The Tower Temple, The Hellenistic Fortress, Al Khan Tell(Hill in Arabic), Hellenistic Sanctuary and Sheikh Ahmed Al Jaber Rest House. And these places encompasses many artifacts such as Dilmunian seals, Metal tools like knives, hooks, agricultural tools, pottery, jars, soft stone vessels, beads, pearls, earrings and rings, silver coins with the image of Alexander the Great, needles, altars, incense burners, stone inscriptions with Latin writings, lamps and terracotta statues, which is also kept in The Kuwait National Museum. To know more about the museum, click on the link https://kuwaitlisting.com/item/national-museum/