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Piracy flourished throughout the region during Dilmun's decline.
After 600 BC, the Babylonians added Dilmun to their empire.
Shortly after Sabah's death, in 1766, the al-Khalifa and, soon after, the al-Jalahima, left Kuwait en masse for Zubara in Qatar.
Domestically, the al-Khalifa and al-Jalahima had been among the top contenders for power.
The Battle of Chains was the first battle of the Rashidun Caliphate in which the Muslim army sought to extend its frontiers.
The Utub had previously migrated Aflaj in Hadar, [Najd] The Bani Utub mirgrated due to a harsh drought. As a result of successive matrimonial alliances, they were able to wrest control of Kuwait sometime after the death of Barrak Bin Urair [Bani Khaled] and the fall of the Bani Khaled Emirate.
In 1613, the town of Kuwait was founded in the present-day location of Kuwait City.
Kuwait was initially under the control of the Bani Khalid clan, who built a fishing village in present-day Kuwait Bay.
Kuwaiti merchants had the most power in Kuwait before oil.
One tradition has it that political power went to the Sabahs as part of an explicit agreement in 1890; merchant families focused on the trade while the House of Sabah and other notable Kuwaiti families provided protection of city housed within Kuwait's wall. Sabah diplomacy may have also been important with neighbouring tribes, especially as Bani Khalid power declined. In 1762, Sabah I died and was succeeded by his youngest son, Abdullah.
Remains of Greek colonization include a large Hellenistic fort and Greek temples.