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Plans are gathering pace both in the Emiri Diwan and among local private sector real estate developers for the largest construction project seen to date in the region. Called Madinat Hareer (City of Silk), the ambitious mega city project has an estimated overall value of KD 50,000 million ($172,000 million) and will have as its central element a mixed-use tower with a height in excess of 1,000 metres. A source close to the project confirms that the development, revealed by the UK press in January, is going ahead. ‘Initial design work is already under way, and we expect there will be a formal announcement on the scheme very soon. This project is being taken very seriously and is aimed at really putting Kuwait on the map.’