Umm al Maradim Island
|Location||Umm al Maradim Island|
|Construction||metal skeletal tower|
|Tower shape||square pyramidal tower with balcony and lantern|
|Markings / pattern||red and white horizontal bands tower|
|Tower height||22 metres (72 ft)|
|Focal height||23 metres (75 ft)|
|Light source||solar power|
|Range||10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl (2) W 15s.|
|Managing agent||Middle East Navigation Aids Service  |
Umm Al-Maradim is surrounded by deep waters which enable ships to land directly at its shores - an advantage which is not available on most Kuwaiti islands. It is 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) in length and 540 metres (1,770 feet) in width, which represents an area of approximately 65 hectares (160 acres). It is an oval-shaped island with a sand cape. Pearl oysters breed around the island's seabed.
In the past, ships sailed for pearl diving in the morning and returned by night to the island. So the island was crowded with the ships' crews, divers and pearl traders who flocked to purchase the pearl harvest from the ships' captains.
Umm Al-Maradim was the first Kuwaiti land to be liberated from the Invasion of Kuwait in 1991. On its territory the Kuwaiti flag was hoisted again proclaiming the defeat of aggression and the restoration of legality.
The island is usually full of migratory and sedentary birds, notably seagulls and flamingoes. During the rainy season, it is covered with greenery. It is uninhabited except for some public buildings such as a lighthouse and a police station.
- Kuwait The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 8 October 2016
- NGA List of Lights – Pub.112 Retrieved 8 October 2016
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