Council approves major projects

29 November 2007
Kuwait Municipal Council has approved three major projects, which, if implemented, will revolutionise the state’s urban development.

Following a meeting on 27 November, the council approved both the Subiya causeway and the $50bn-plus Silk City mega project in the Subiya area.
The Silk City scheme, also known as Madinat al-Hareer, is one of three largest projects in the Gulf and possibly one of the largest projects ever to be undertaken anywhere.The city will cover 250 square kilometres on the Subiya peninsula across the Bay of Kuwait from Kuwait City.

It will be developed over 25 years. The centrepiece of the development will be a 200-storey-plus, 1,001-metre tower called Mubarak al-Kabir.
The 34-kilometre-long Subiya Causeway, known officially as the Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah Causeway, will link Kuwait City with Subiya by crossing over Kuwait Bay.

Approval by the council came after its technical committee had earlier approved the projects’ designs. Both schemes have also been approved by the Council of Ministers (MEED 16:11:07).
The third approved project is the estimated KD8bn ($27.6bn) Sabah al-Ahmed township project in the far south of the state. Formerly known as the Arifjan urban development, the development will house more than 110,000 people over an area of more than 40 square kilometers.

Some 20 per cent of the township will consist of high-rise towers for employee housing. The remainder, comprising more than 150 different types of villa, will be for Kuwaiti families.
The project, which is split into five separate sectors, will also include more than 45 schools, 70 mosques, a football stadium, 15 hospitals and clinics, and an extensive road and sewerage network (MEED 9:2:07).

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