Abdul Hussain Mohammad Rafie Hussain Marafie
Born in Alwassat area in the year 1935 he spent part of his
childhood i.e., till 8, in Kuwait. He took special interest
in watching the dhows plying from Basra and India. At 9, he
travelled to India-Mumbai by air. Having enrolled in a
school in Mumbai he learned English & Urdu besides other
subjects. Very shortly, he started his career in trading and
At 19, as per the wish of his father; Mohammad Rafie, he
returned to his motherland in order to manage his business
concerns. Since this period witnessed a boom in building
construction, he joined his father in the execution &
management of construction projects.
Abdul Hussain Marafie was an aggressive yet determined &
adventurous personality. Due to his intense inquisitiveness
he left for Germany to work in well known mines in Essen
area which unfortunately collapsed much later. Having worked
there, not only did he learn their language but developed
his inter personal relationship too. This encouraged him to
offer his assistance & support to Kuwaitis in Germany.
In Germany, he was the central figure in giving frequent
interviews to various German Journals. Later, he returned to
Kuwait and from here to United States of America where he
learned underwater ship maintenance and scuba diving.
Returning from the US, he worked in Alshu’aibah Area and
later as Technical Manager of United Fisheries Co. With his
father’s death on 25 October 1976, he along with his
brothers established a new work base with their inheritance.
His fascination towards sailing dhows led him to master the
details of Almohamadi I dhow (boom) which was built by his
uncle Ali Hussain Marafie in 1916. This dhow had two flags,
the first was 5 meter long and 2 meters wide with a triangle
shape in red with the name "Kuwait" in white, whereas the
second flag was 3 meters long and 1.75 wide but with same
specifications. The asset value coupled with the unique
specification of this measure forced him to rebuild the same
dhow into Almohamadi II (boom) - one of the significant
symbols of Kuwait.
In the year 1983 he decided to build Alghazeer Dhow, in
which he made his famous historical trip from ports of India
across the Indian Ocean to the Arabian Sea and finally to
Kuwait. Today, the dhow has taken its berth in the Yacht
Club in Alsha’ab area. This relic announces the history of
sailing and the art of shipbuilding besides an attraction to
tourists as well.
During the Iraqi occupation in the year 1990, Abdul Hussain
Marafie was appointed member of People’s Committee for the
Liberation of Kuwait. He established communication centre in
the city of Stockholm in Sweden to maintain contacts with
the official quarters of Kuwait Government in Taief and to
convey information and wireless messages from Kuwait round
the clock. The Kuwaiti Station was operated by his cousin
Abdul Jabar Mansour Marafie.
In 1985 he launched the idea of building Alhashemi II (Baghlah
dhow) which is considered the largest Arabian Wooden Dhow of
the World, certified by THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS with
unique specifications. It was built on the dry dock of the
Sea Front facing Kuwait Radisson SAS Hotel in Albida Area.
It took Abdul Hussain Marafie and his team 15 long years to
complete the project. Unfortunately, in the Iraqi invasion
of Kuwait, the project had exposed to the destruction and
looting of materials procured for the completion. Yet, with
renewed spirit, strength, optimism and determination after
the rehabilitation process &renovation of the hotel, Abdul
Hussain Marafie resumed his dream project. With the dawn of
the new millennium on March 29, 2000 Abdul Hussain Marafie
in full spirit of achievement & accomplishment extended his
hearty welcome to his guests at the grant reception held to
mark THE AUSPICIOUS OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION OF
‘ALHASHEMI II’. Thus his dreams came true.