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Al-Fintas … Kuwait’s historically charming village; Best place to spend outdoor during spring and summer

American University of the Middle East one of the modern landmarks in Fintas
American University of the Middle East one of the modern landmarks in Fintas

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 8, (KUNA): Al- Fintas, the wonderful village almost 26 kilometers south of Kuwait City, carries the Arabic equivalent of a ‘water tank’. The name implies that this coastal area once had dozens of water wells, where sailors used to fill their tanks before embarking on sea voyages.

Al-Fintas was well-known for agricultural activities and pearl diving. It was inhabited by the Arab famous tribe of ‘Banu Khalid’, who used to live in Kuwait before Al-Sabah family came to power. Under Al-Sabah family, Al-Fintas, located on Al-Adan coast on the Arabian Gulf, acquired more significance as a water supplying station.

Thanks to its fantastic farms and shores, as well as moderate weather and the surrounding Sidr and palm trees, the area was a refuge for Kuwaitis who used to spend some quality outdoor times, especially during spring and summer.

Historians wrote that Al-Fintas used to have up to 30 wells, the most known of them were Al-Beldani, in addition to Suleisel, the latter mainly provided water for cattle. The village has had artistic features that distinguished it from other Kuwaiti villages, and was famous for ‘Al- Samri’, researcher in Kuwait history Yaqoub Al-Ghuneim told KUNA in a previous interview.

Al-Samri is singing poetry while the drum is being played. Two rows of men, seated on the knees, sway to the rhythm. In 1945, a boys’ school was built there, and students reached 45 in 1951, when a girls’ school was built. Medical services were offered in Al-Fintas through a vehicle that served like a mobile clinic, with a doctor and a nurse, provided with necessary tools and supplies available then.

A medical center opened there in 1953. Among the famous men in the history of Al-Fintas was ‘Noukhetha’ (sea captain) Mohammad Al-Haqqan, who was appointed as chief of the village by Kuwait’s ruler then Sheikh Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah in the 1940s. With the export of the first oil shipment, Al-Fintas inhabitants started to sell their farms and seek government jobs. Al-Fintas is a calm area, far from traffic jams and pollution, and has been bestowed with clear and comfortable sea scenes.

In addition, the area enjoys various other public services, namely Al-Fintas Public Park, Agaila Beach Park, Safir Hotel, Al-Fintas Beach, the Fishermen Diwaniya, Sabah Al-Ahmad Coast Guard Base and the Marine Science Center, an affiliate of Kuwait University.

As many foreigners have recently gone to live in Al-Fintas, the area is now busy with leading restaurants and cafe chains, together with high-level housing complexes. Moreover, it is few minutes from business centers in Fahaheel and Al- Kout Mall. It is also near the American University of Middle East in Agaila and the Box Hill College Kuwait in Abu Halifa.

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