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Kuwait- Umm Al Namel Island rich in relics magnet for leisure seekers




(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) By Sara Al-Mkhaizeem KUWAIT Dec 24 (KUNA) -- The Kuwaiti Umm Al-Namel island located in Kuwait bay with abundant ancient relics is an accessible resting location for fishermen and sea-goers.Umm Al-Namel the fourth largest Kuwaiti island after Boubyan Failaka and Warba with a 568000-sq-m land has been named Umm Al-Namel (Arabic for mother of ants) due to existence of plenty ants during summer said Khaled Al-Ansari antiquity researcher in an interview with Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).In the past it used to be called "Al-Ghurba island" after the name of a family a branch from Al-Awazem tribe that had lived on it 250 years ago.Relics show that this family built 30 dwellings a mosque and fishing bamboo stacks' weirs.The island had been also named "Al-Odah" (Kuwaiti archaic for old) or the Large Island as compared to an islet named Akaz located nearby. Moreover it had been known as Al-Shuwaikh.Umm Al-Namel is blanketed with shrubs and its surrounding water locations attract plentiful fish and other sea creatures. Al-Awazem natives used to earn their living by using the mesh weirs to catch fish crabs and shrimps.The island located in Kuwait Bay is very close to Al-Oshairej beach. When waters turn shallow people can reach it on foot or by vehicles. It is also easily accessible at night time with visitors guided by a lighthouse at its northeastern corner.Sea goers and fishermen favor the island due to its close location and some have built chalets on it for recreational times Al-Ansari said that despite its small size it harbors priceless antiquities proving that it had been inhabited in pre-Christ times. It had also been used as a military fortress due to its close proximity to the Kuwaiti mainland.Kuwaiti archeologist Dr. Fahad Al-Wuhaibi visited the island in 1985 excavating antiques dating back to the Bronze Age also known as the Dilmun Era. Potteries that resemble those found in Bahrain dating back to the Dilmun Kingdom had been discovered on it. (end) stm.rk


Kuwait- Umm Al Namel Island rich in relics magnet for leisure seekers

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