Kuwait’s plans for revitalising the nation’s infrastructure provide the most overt sign of change. You don’t see the creation of a new airport, the establishment of a metro network or the building of a record-breaking bridge without realising that something major is afoot.
There are a number of key infrastructure projects scheduled to be completed well before 2035. These range from low-key but vitally important projects such as boosting public warehousing facilities and cross-border points at AlAbdali (which, unless you’re actively in the business of international road-trade, is easy to underappreciate), and the creation of an integrated cycle electric power generation plant, also at Al-Abdali, to high-key projects including railway and highway infrastructure.
We can look at the Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad Bridge as being critical to the future development of the nation. This project is one of the largest in the transport and infrastructure sector in Kuwait and the entire region. It is also one of the longest sea bridges in the world.
The main Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad Bridge is located in Jun al Kuwayt (Kuwait Bay), between Kuwait City and al-Subiya. It is around 36 kilometres long. It will cut the distance between Kuwait City and al-Subiya from 104 kilometres (90 minutes) to just 36 kilometres (less than 30 minutes) in both directions. It features three traffic lanes, and one emergency lane. The design speed of the bridge is 120 kilometres/hour; something that will boost the flow of traffic at that direction.
There is a second part too: Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad Bridge, the al-Doha Section. This bridge is 12.4 kilometres long. It also consists of three traffic lanes, and one emergency lane in each direction.
It is one of the vital projects that will connect al-Shuwaikh area and al-Doha Peninsula, via Jun al-Sulaibikhat. This is in addition to connecting to roads in al-Doha and the intersection of al-Shuwaikh Port. The project also connects al-Doha area, near the Entertainment City, to al-Shuwaikh area, at the beginning of al-Ghazali Bridge and al-Sheikh Jabir Bridge. The goal is to alleviate traffic congestion and to complete the road system in Kuwait.
We’re hugely excited about the creation of Kuwait’s urban metro network. Dubai’s network is well-known, limited, but becoming well used. It will expand further. Every city that dreams to be a global player is investing in public transport, and metros are highly on-trend this century.
Every city that dreams to be a global player is investing in public transport, and metros are highly on-trend this century
The express transportation system – the Kuwait Metro – is one of the new projects that will provide a fast, integrated transportation network that will facilitate public transportation in the Kuwaiti capital. The Kuwait Metro is expected to be executed as per the latest standards in this field so as to enhance quality, safety and effectiveness and coverage of public transportation in Kuwait.
The project will be executed as per the public-private partnership system(PPP) under the provisions of Law No. 116 of 2014. The PPP system provides a modern legislative framework for encouraging and facilitating partnership between the public and private sectors in public infrastructure projects in Kuwait. This is in line with the state’s strategy to enhance and support the private sector’s steady participation in the development of infrastructure.
Further to this… how about a full railway? Kuwait says yes. The length of railway network in Kuwait will be around 574 kilometres. It will run across the entire country, from north to south and from east to west. It will provide a link to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the railway network of the Gulf Co-operation Council and Iraq.
The railway network in Kuwait will consist of a main 317-kilometres long line. It will also consist of 257-kilometres long secondary lines to meet Kuwait’s long-term needs.
The railway network project in Kuwait serves the needs of shipping and transport and passenger transportation within Kuwait and neighbouring countries. The feasibility study has indicated that a part of the GCC railway network, which connects Kuwait to Saudi Arabia, will realise the highest level of movement given the commercial relations between the two countries.
The expansion of Kuwait International Airport, and the addition of a second terminal, is a massive KD1,413 million project. The project is a major development in infrastructure and air transport and is an important step for converting Kuwait into a financial centre by turning the Kuwait Airport into a hub for attracting passengers around the world. It will accommodate 25 million passengers upon completion.