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Kuwait signs deal for capital city expansion plan

Int'l consultants WS Atkins set to develop blueprint for future of Kuwait City.

Kuwait signs deal for capital city expansion plan
EXPANSION PLAN: Consultants WS Atkins are on board to develop a blueprint for the future of Kuwait City. (Getty Images)

Kuwait has signed a deal with international consultancy firm WS Atkins to develop an expansion plan for Kuwait City in line with the country’s Kuwait 2030 initiative.

The project will take about 13 months to complete and will focus on turning the city into a world financial centre, the Kuwait Times reported on Wednesday.

“It's expected that in the year 2030, Kuwait's population will touch five million. We have to be prepared for this increase to avoid complications,” Dr Fadhel Safar, the Minister of Public Works, told the paper.

WS Atkins and a local consultancy firm not named in the report will also study the city’s roads infrastructure and public transport network in a bid to reduce congestion in the city as its population continues to grow.

Construction work is set to begin about a year after the study has been completed and approved, Safar told the paper.

“The projects and services should be directed and marketed in a way that has international appeal, and compete with neighboring countries, Saad Al-Muhailbi, head of the Structural Planning Department, was quoted as saying.

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