Kuwait Transport

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While in the middle of the 20th century the Kuwaiti aviation sector led the Gulf region in terms of progress and innovation, over the past 20 year or so the country has lost its lead as other GCC states have caught up. In the 1980s, Kuwait Airways was a favourite with an excellent reputation, but today it has largely been eclipsed by the rise...

Chapter | Transport & Logistics from The Report: Kuwait 2014

Sitting at the confluence of three of the most populous and prosperous countries in the Middle East – Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia – Kuwait is a logical transport centre for the northern Gulf and the country has committed itself to making investments towards attaining that goal. Expansion of the main airport is under way, while a new port is set to increase Kuwait’s capacity as a shipping hub....

Kuwait accounts for approximately 6.1% of the world’s proven oil reserves, with hydrocarbons revenues comprising more than 65% of the country’s GDP and 95% of total exports in 2013. Cautious budgetary decisions have resulted in large surpluses, creating a solid base for public expenditure programmes such as the National Development Plan, which is set to diversify the economy and boost employment.

Ports in Kuwait have performed well in recent years, supported by a national bid to increase both hydrocarbon exports and non-oil commercial shipping activity. However, while plans to upgrade facilities and improve access to new oilfields bode well for the industry, the sector also faces several challenges, led by fluctuations in global demand and regional competition.
Air traffic is rising steadily in Kuwait as the state continues to capitalise on growing volumes of international travellers, buoyed by heightened regional activity.

Situated between Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran, at the very top of the Gulf, Kuwait is in a strategically advantageous location and has the capacity to act as an important logistics conduit for its northern neighbour, Iraq. Determined to realise this potential, the government has committed to developing a portfolio of transport infrastructure that...

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