There was an eerie silence, a stillness about Failaka. Most buildings on the island lie abandoned, scarred with bullet holes and covered by a layers of sand. Semi destroyed military vehicles stand defiantly as a grim reminder of war. During the weeks leading up to the 1990 Iraq invasion almost all Failakas two thousand residents fled to the Kuwait mainland never to return. A dark period in history.
However there’s reason to be upbeat about the islands future. Failaka is home to some of the most significant archaeological sites in the Gulf region. With a history dating back to the Bronze Age, evidence of the Dilmun civilisation and the discovery of Greek settlements built during the reign of Alexander the Great the island may one day thrive again as a major visitor attraction.
(Two photographs from this series were selected as part of the Arcwalk Photography Exhibition in Kuwait.)