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The Al-Sabah family, along with the Al-Khalifa family that was to become the royal family of Bahrain, and that of the Al-Jalahimha, were migrants from the nomadic Utabi tribe, escaping famine and tribal strife in central Arabia in the 17th century. They settled first in the Qatar peninsula, and prospered as pearlers and fishermen. The families were driven out of the area in 1701, and, after involving themselves in piracy, they eventually settled at Grane, Kuwait. The Al-Sabah family gained complete control of Kuwait after the other two families departed.


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