Kuwait plans to build a major new city costing US $77 billion that has been inspired by the ancient trade route, the Silk Road, it has been reported.
The City of Silk, located in Subiya on the northern tip of Kuwait Bay, will accommodate 750,000 people when it is completed in 2030.
Eric Kuhne, managing director of Eric R Kuhne and Associates, which provided designs for the city, told reporters at a conference organised by MEED that the development was the largest single real estate development in the Middle East.
The project will become a major free trade zone linking central Asia with Europe, reported the news agency AFP.
A 26km causeway will link the City of Silk with Kuwait City and two artificial islands will be built alongside the bridge.
The city will consist of four zones; commerce, leisure and recreation, ecology and diplomacy and education, Kuhne said. At its centre will be a 1001m-tall tower, with a mosque, a church and a synagogue built inside.
The project has been approved in principal, said Khune, who added that he expected construction to begin by the end of the year.
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