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This is the only place where Kuwait can boast a real history.  The rest of the country struggles to date itself back to pre 1700AD. I am so pleased and thankful that I finally managed to get here and take this shot.

Ikaros is the old name of Failaka Island, approximately 20 km off the coast of Kuwait City.

Archaeological investigations revealed the existence of ruins from the Delmon Civilization nearly 2000 B.C. The Island was an active Commercial Station between today’s Bahrain and Mesopotamia. It was first colonized by the Ancient Greeks in the Fourth century BC by a Greek Admiral in the army of Alexander the Great.

There are two theories about the origin of the name. Some believe it came from an island off the Greek coast where the mythical Icarus was buried, and which had a similar shape to Failaka. Others believe it was named so due to its severe heat and the inevitable belief that it was close to the sun. Anyone who spends one summer in Kuwait would only believe the latter!