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In November 1994, formally accepted the UN-demarcated border with Kuwait which had been spelled out in Resolutions (1991), (1992), and (1993) which formally ended an earlier claim to Bubiyan Island.

Both the terrain and the weather on Bubiyan Island made hovercraft training an interesting challenge. Nighttime temperatures can go below freezing and summer days can reach 155°F. There are frequent high winds and sandstorms. The intertidal zone is extremely shallow, from zero to 12 inches deep over large areas, with rough waves. The changing water content of the silt causes it to vary from slimy/slippery to viscous and sticky like clay. This treacherous surface requires expert piloting skills because it tucks the hovercraft skirt under so the craft rolls and can’t move. The Hovertrek’s reverse thrust is an asset in managing this problem.

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  • Bubiyan Island by Abhinav Daharwal | Tripoto

    In November 1994, formally accepted the UN-demarcated border with Kuwait which had been spelled out in Resolutions (1991), (1992), and (1993) which formally ended an earlier claim to Bubiyan Island.

    After a little clambering around we headed for the Subiya Motorway to head east to Bubiyan Island – there were two bridges, the old one and a brand new one. Unfortunately the road to the old bridge was closed with a diversion to the new bridge. Following this road was interesting as it was a single carriageway for the first bit and then suddenly it opened into a three lane each way motorway of impeccable quality, apparently the Umm Niqa Road. Soon we could see the new bridge ahead of us. Impressively styled it forms an elegant arch across the straight to reach the island. Full of anticipation we approach the turn-off that would take us to and across it. Black and new the tarmac stretched in front of us, beckoning us and yet again we were thwarted at the last moment. A big concrete barricade set across the feeder lane seemed to signal no entry and the lack of traffic on the new motorway confirmed to us that today the island was going to be out of reach.