Interview with Faisal Al-Ayyar

Title

Interview with Faisal Al-Ayyar

Description

Born in Al-Jahra in 1954, Mr. Faisal Al-Ayyar starts the interview by recalling his childhood memories and growing up surrounded by nature. He then talks about moving to Al-Mirqab and Al-Khaldiyya in the 1960s. He nostalgically recounts his years in elementary school and being with the Kuwait Boy Scouts. In middle school, Al-Ayyar remembers traveling during the summer to Lebanon with his family and all the good times they experienced there.

After going to middle school in Al-Faiha, Al-Ayyar talks about joining Kaifan High School and how diverse it was. His rebellious high school days culminated in him joining the Military College in the 1970s. He then received a scholarship to study aviation in the United States. Shortly after that he came back to Kuwait with his family and started his career in aviation.

Al-Ayyar shifted careers in the 1980s and his interest and passion for the economy and the stock market started to take shape. Within the same time period he speaks about the Souk Al-Manakh Stock Market Crash. In the mid-80s, he began working with Al-Fetouh for General Trading until work was halted by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. A significant part of the interview is dedicated to Al-Ayyar’s memories and experiences during the occupation and liberation periods. He concludes the interview by talking about his projects since the year 2000 and his recent book Money and Sand.

Date

17/02/2021

Format

audio

Language

Arabic

Type

audio

Interviewer

Reem Al-Ali

Interviewee

Faisal Al-Ayyar

Location

Kuwait city

Duration

02:51:15

Files

Faisal3.jpg


Citation

“Interview with Faisal Al-Ayyar,” AUK Oral History, accessed May 20, 2022, https://oralhistory.auk.edu.kw/items/show/15.