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Construction Plans for Kuwait's $86 Billion “Silk City” Revealed

Madinat Al Hareer, Kuwait – 17 July 2018

The design and construction details of the new US$86 billion (KWD26.1 billion) Silk City development, part of the Kuwait National Development Plan 2035, have been revealed.

Spanning 250 square kilometers in Subiya, Silk City is a multi-phased development that is due to complete over a 25-year period. It will be linked to Kuwait City through the under-construction Jaber Causeway, and feature four quarters, or “villages”, that will offer hotels, sports, medical, and environmental facilities.

One of Silk City’s main developments is expected to be the Mubarak Al-Kabir tower, a 1-kilometer (1,001-meter) development that will rise to 234 floors, and house 7,000 people. Seven “vertical villages”, including hotels, residences, offices, and entertainment facilities, are expected to be developed within the tower.

Jaber Bridge, planned to become the world’s fourth-longest bridge, is a key part of the Silk City development, where five islands are expected to be developed. The water connecting these islands would include the Mubarak Al-Kabeer port, which “will help the country to open to the world commercially and economically, and serve Kuwait's interests”, according to Kuwait’s state news agency.

Silk City is expected to house up to 700,000 people, and will include amenities such as an Olympic stadium, a 2-square-kilometer nature reservation area, an airport, and areas for business, leisure, athletics, and conventions. A center for environmental studies will also be developed within the project.

The Silk City Project Company will be established to prepare a draft law for the project’s establishment and implementation.

The company will also divide the city “into stages […including] parts of the economic, commercial, and residential projects.”

The state’s news agency added, “In the coming period, Kuwait will focus on attracting foreign investors, for their importance in developing economic activities, as well as achieving security and stability for the region and creating the most suitable atmosphere for foreign investors.”

For more on this story, go to Construction Week Online.

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