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MEP Conference 2009 to showcase Kuwait

ITP Events, in conjunction with Construction Week and MEP Middle East, will be hosting its 2009 MEP Conference at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Kuwait on 28 October. We take a closer look at some of the major construction projects of interest to the MEP sector.

MEP Conference 2009 to showcase Kuwait
MEP Conference 2009 to showcase Kuwait
Failaka Island.
MEP Conference 2009 to showcase Kuwait
Al Hamra Tower.
MEP Conference 2009 to showcase Kuwait
The Gate of Kuwait.


ITP Events, in conjunction with Construction Week and MEP Middle East, will be hosting its 2009 MEP Conference at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Kuwait on 28 October. We take a closer look at some of the major construction projects of interest to the MEP sector.

The future of Kuwait looks particularly bright at the moment due to the strengthening of bilateral relations with the United States following the highly publicised visit paid by President Barack Obama to Kuwaiti Emir Sheik Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, who reaffirmed that "Kuwait shall remain a partner of the United States."

Combined with accelerated legislative and economic reform, the scope for future investment has the potential to transform Kuwait into a regional financial and commercial centre, backed by surplus oil wealth (it has about 10% of total global oil reserves.) This long-term outlook bodes very well for the MEP sector in Kuwait, especially due to such mega projects as the US$77 billion City of Silk project, touted as the largest real-estate development project in the Middle East.

Such mega projects require considerable resources and integration expertise, which means that regional and international MEP players looking to expand their project and client portfolio to counter the cyclical condition of the business environment would do well to consider the Kuwaiti market.

To give an indication of how seriously Kuwait is taking its future development, the Environment Public Authority (EPA) has tasked RMSI, in conjunction with Al-Arfaj Engineering Company, to develop an environmental monitoring information system for Kuwait.

The global focus on ‘green' building, sustainability and scarce-resource optimisation is particularly pertinent to Kuwait, where water and electricity shortages have placed energy efficiency at the top of the construction industry's agenda. About 75% of potable water has to be distilled or imported at present.

Combined, all these factors present the MEP sector with a unique opportunity to benchmark energy modelling in Kuwait, where the government is committed to a major infrastructure development drive.

Major projects in Kuwait

Madinat Al Hareer (City of Silk)

Client: Al Tamdeen Real Estate Company

Estimated value: US$95 billion

Madinat Al Hareer, or City of Silk, is located in Subiya in Kuwait City. This mixed-use development will cover 250 square kilometres. The city will be divided into four main districts, namely Educational City, Finance City, Leisure City and Ecological City. The development will include an Olympic stadium, residences, hotels and retail facilities. Around 450 000 new jobs will be created, and an estimated 700 000 residents will be accommodated.

The Kuwaiti government approved the project in July 2008, which is now in the process of being designed by CivicArts/Eric R Kuhne & Associates. The construction programme is estimated at a decade, with the first phase scheduled to commence in 2012, and taking five to seven years to complete.

Sabah

Al Ahmad Future City

Client: The Public Authority for Housing Welfare

Estimated value: US$27 billion

Sabah Al Ahmad City covers an area of 35 million square metres. It is expected to include 9 000 housing units for Kuwaiti nationals, who belong to the national housing welfare scheme. The scope also comprises apartments, commercial units, health, sports, tourism, educational, retail and a ‘technology village'. The expected population upon completion is 110 000. The project is currently being designed. Construction is expected to begin later this year, and it will be completed in 2015.

Failaka

Island

Client: Mega Projects Agency

Estimated value: US$3.3 billion

The scope of work includes development of the island, with the construction of a holiday resort, hotels, retail outlets and restaurants. The project was originally scheduled to begin construction early next year, and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015. However, due to the global financial crisis, the project will be re-tendered.

Al Khiran Pearl City

Client: La Ala Al Kuwait Real Estate Company

Estimated value: US$2 billion

This is a waterside development covering 6.4 million square metres. It is located 85 km south of Kuwait City, and will be home to an ultimate population of about 100 000.

There are two natural tidal creeks adjacent to the project.  Buro Happold is the masterplan consultant. Construction is due to begin in the first quarter of next year, with completion scheduled for 2022.

Jaber Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah Hospital

Client: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Public Works

Estimated value: US$1.16 billion

The project involves the construction of an 1 120-bed hospital with a total built-up area of 270 000 square metres. The project was re-tendered in May this year. The main construction contract is expected to be awarded in the fourth quarter of this year, with a completion date of 2014. Gulf Consult and Langdon Wilson International are consultants on the project.

Al Hamra Tower

Client: Ajial Real Estate Entertainment Company

Estimated value: US$950 million

This is a mixed-use development, including a shopping centre and office tower in the heart of Kuwait City. The tower is 420 m high, with a total land area of 10 978 square metres, with an additional 7 000 square metres to be used for a multi-storey car park. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the architectural consultant.  Al Ahmadiah Contracting & Trading was awarded the main construction contract in 2005. Construction began in early 2006. It is scheduled for completion next year.

Kuwait

International Airport

Expansion

Client: Directorate General of Civil Aviation

Estimated value: US$750 million

The project includes the design and expansion of Kuwait International Airport. The scope of work includes construction of a runway, airplane hangars, roads, substations and related facilities. Siemens is expected to complete the electrical infrastructure by January 2011. The civil works package has not been awarded as of yet. The entire project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2014.

Gate of Kuwait

Client: Al Shaya

Estimated value: US$300 million

This mixed-use project involves construction of a 70-storey tower to be known as the ‘Gate of Kuwait'. It is located in Al Sour Street in Kuwait City, with a total built-up area of 127 000 square metres, providing a total of 5 000 square metres of retail space. The engineering consultant is LG Consulting, the architectural consultant is GH&L, the MEP consultant is RWP, and the quantity surveyors are DEL QS and Storm Africa. Al Bahar Construction is expected to complete the project by the first quarter of 2012.

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