Sheikh Jaber causeway.. A bridge leading towards Kuwait's bright future

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Sheikh Jaber Causeway is one of the major infrastructural projects aimed at creating a bridge leading Kuwaitis toward a bridge future.

The Sheikh Jaber Causeway, which is being finalized, will link Kuwait City with Al-Subiya area and the future Al-Harir (Silk) City project over Kuwait Bay as part of the development plans kicked started some nine years ago.

Through the "New Kuwait" or Kuwait Vision 2035, an national initiative development aimed at transforming the country to a regional and international hub for business and commerce.

The plan also focuses on diversifying the country's resources to a non-oil based economy.

Back to the Jaber Causeway, the bridge -- which stretches around 37.5 kilometers -- will lessen the commuting time between Kuwait City and Subiya area to under 30 minutes after it was at around 90 minutes through the usual 104 kilometers of highways and roads.

Work on Sheikh Jaber Causeway began on November third, 2013.

The bridge is divided into the 27-kilometers main-link at cost of around KD 738 million (around USD 2.3 billion).The main-link will connect between Kuwait City and Al-Subiya area, while the Doha link, a four-lane bridge road, will stretch at 4.7 kilometers towards Doha area, costing around KD 165.7 million (USD 545 million).

The development of the causeway coincided with establishment of an entity tasked with the development of Al-Hariri City in Subiya and Boubiyan Island as part of strategy linking Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait City with the northeastern region of the country.

Recently, a high-level 35-member Chinese delegation -- headed by Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China Ning Jizhe -- visited the country and held discussions focusing on Kuwait's development vision.

The visiting Chinese delegation expressed great desire to partake in the development of Al-Hariri City project, indicating that China was working on its own Belt and Road development initiative.

In regards to Al-Harir City project, the first phase will focus on establishing a commercial region in Mubarak seaport, a logistic zone, an international airport, a railway network carrying cargo and individuals, and city dedicated to small to medium enterprises.

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Baskar Raja
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Doha link bridge is around 7.4km, (4.7km is incorrect info)

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Waiting to take my first ride on the bridge. Excited.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Remarkable work done

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