Kuwait Transport

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Breaking ground in 2013 on a new, 130,000-sq-metre terminal building, the Kuwait International Airport (KIA) is at the forefront of a major national overhaul of transport infrastructure. This is intended to renew the nation’s international transport credentials, improve its image, and encourage greater economic diversification in the hydrocarbons...

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Chapter | Transport & Logistics from The Report: Kuwait 2013

Kuwait is forging ahead with infrastructure upgrades as part of its $107bn National Development Plan to support all modes of transport. Home to 6% of the world’s oil reserves, hydrocarbons continue to define Kuwait’s current transport infrastructure, yet contemporary strategic goals – in line with Vision 2035 – look to develop the entire sector with diversification as the central focus. If...

Oil production retains its key role in the economy, however plans are under way to encourage diversification away from hydrocarbons towards an economy that is more knowledge based. The political climate has been characterised of late by a number of disputes, often resulting in either the resignation of the government or the dissolution of parliament, which has contributed to the slow progress of some projects. 

Government investments in the transport sector are set to expand capacity at Kuwait’s ports over the next several years. Progress is being made on the new Mubarak Al Kabeer (MAK) port, while other infrastructure projects – including a 36-km causeway that will link Shuwaikh Port with Boubyan Island – are moving ahead.
Efforts to transform Kuwait’s logistics infrastructure are gathering pace following the announcement that the first phase of the $1.2bn Mubarak Al Kabir port development is on track for completion in the second quarter of 2014.

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