Silk City

An artist’s impression of Silk City, focusing on the Mubarak Al-Kabir tower

Plans have been revealed for the first phase of a scheme to build a 250km² city in northern Kuwait.

According to local media reports, the first phase of the Silk City project (known in Arabic as Madinat al-Hareer) will include a rail network, an international airport and an industrial hub. The first phase will cost an estimated US$86 billion.

Chinese construction firms will be heavily involved in the project – details of phase one of the scheme were published by Kuwait’s state news agency after a visit to the country from a Chinese delegation.

The delegation included members from the China Communications Construction Company and China Development Bank.

Future stages of development are reported to include housing for over half a million people, a sports stadium and the 1km high Mubarak Al-Kabir tower.

The project is expected to take 25 years to complete at a cost of US$132 billion. The Kuwait government hope that it will boost tourism and investment.

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