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Kuwait's top 10 construction developments of 2018

by Oscar Rousseau on Apr 15, 2018

Kuwait is researching an aviation megaproject.
Kuwait is researching an aviation megaproject.
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Kuwait is pumping billions of dollars into aviation to meet rising demand across various economic sectors, such as transport and residences.

Energy is another sector that may have piqued the interest of specialist contractors in Q1, following Kuwait's target to supply 15% its energy demand with renewables by 2030. But that's not all.

Big projects were delivered and numerous contracts were won in the country last quarter, and it was also revealed that China may become a major construction investor in Kuwait.

In the following pages, Construction Week reviews Kuwait's major construction developments during the first quarter of 2018.

1. Aviation megaproject

A new mega airport that could attract $12bn (KWD3.6bn) of investment and create 15,000 jobs may be on the horizon for Kuwait, a senior aviation official revealed last month.

Directorate General of the Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah said plans to build an airport with a capacity of 25 million passengers per year were being explored to address Kuwait's growing air traffic.

Al-Sabah said DGCA was "studying" the viability of issuing a tender for setting up an airport in the northern part of the country. 

Air traffic at Kuwait International Airport has grown in recent years, with the airport accommodating 13.7 million passengers and 218,631 tonnes of air cargo in 2017, according to Al-Sabah. DGCA is braced for an increase in both the number of passengers and cargo it will need to process in the next two decades, fueling the need for Kuwait to explore ways to accommodate this. 

The DGCA is already developing two runways and a control tower at the Kuwait International Airport, and is in the first phase of building a “new cargo city” at the airport, which is expected to be the largest in the Middle East.