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Hawally is an area in the Hawalli Governorate, located in the State of Kuwait.

History of Hawally

Hawally is a large settlement and the commercial center for most computer-related goods in Kuwait. Prior to the first Gulf War, it housed many Palestinians, but many left during and after the War. Currently, Hawally is home to many of the Arab populations in Kuwait including Egyptians, Syrians, Iraqis and Lebanese. It is also home to many Asians including Filipinos, Indians, Nepalis, Bengalis and Pakistanis.

The settlement was first established in the 7th century around fresh water wells that were dug during Al-Ala al-Hadhrami’s time in what is now Kuwait and later officially became a city in 1906 during Al Sabah’s rule. The settlement’s name come from the Arabic phrase “الحلو لي ” meaning “the fresh [water] for me”.

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