Flora & Fauna

In her work, Wildflowers of Kuwait, Linda Shuaib describes how, “in the 1960s Kuwait City was a small town. The airport was near the centre close to the new suburb of Shamiya. Roads were few and the established routes out of Kuwait down the coast… were main tracks of sand. Urbanization increased… as Kuwait grew in the 1970s and 80s the traditional pattern of exodus to the desert in the spring and a picnic by the sea on summer evenings altered. In 1966 the Kuwait Hotel Company had leased some lands to the south… building weekend chalets for rent. Unfortunately the unspoilt natural scenery of the southern coastline gradually disappeared as the unregulated buildings of chalets took place. The desert suffered likewise… it was now abused by trucks and pollution. Then the final blow–the polluting of the desert with the fallout from the oil fires in a ‘scorched earth’ act of war. The war added greatly to the deterioration of the environment in Kuwait but on the other hand it made people more aware of the issues.” She describes different areas you can see wildflowers in Kuwait and what types of flowers, such as irises at Nuwaiseeb and picris at Umm ar Rimmam.

The book details specifics about particular flowers found in Kuwait.

In his work Birds of the Arabian Gulf, Michael C. Jennings tells us that there are over 350 different species of birds in the Gulf States.

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