Podcast: Why building New Kuwait is a challenge

Kuwait's plan for social and economic change may create some challenges for local and international contractors

Construction will play a major role in supporting New Kuwait.
Construction will play a major role in supporting New Kuwait.

The construction sector will power the implementation of a development and modernisation push called New Kuwait Vision 2035, a strategy for social and economic change, but it's not without its challenges.

There are some challenges that the Kuwaiti economy may face as it pursues the government's seven-pillar roadmap for major transformation. One of the most pressing – and polarising – questions is how Kuwait strikes the right balance between giving local contractors greater opportunity to work on its megaprojects, whilst relying on international firms that have a track record of building projects coveted by the government. 

In this week's episode of Construction Week Viewpoint, hosts Oscar Rousseau and Jack Ball review the risks and rewards around the New Kuwait strategy, examining the role played by construction as the country aims to be ranked among the top 35% in the world by 2035, based on 20 key global indicators such as infrastructure, healthcare, and human capital.

Listen to the full episode here and please share it if you enjoyed listening to it. New episodes of Construction Week Viewpoint are published every Monday at midday. Next week's episode will also welcome a special guest, so please subscribe to ensure you don't miss out.

Previous episodes have welcomed expert guests such as Chris Seymour from Mott MacDonald, as well as explored why Saudi Arabia is in a race to build more hospitals and why preserving the UAE's architectural heritage is more important than ever before. The podcast has also explored why rail projects remain on track in the region, despite reports of delays.

In addition to the weekly podcast series, a behind-the-scenes video of the podcast can be found on Construction Week's YouTube channel.

Please remember to subscribe to Construction Week's YouTube and SoundCloud accounts to stay up-to-date with the latest on Middle East construction. To volunteer yourself or a colleague as a guest speaker on Construction Week Viewpoint, please contact Oscar Rousseau.

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