I always heard the notion”Kuwait the past, Dubai the present, Qatar the future” when ever the topic is regarding the urban development within the GCC region but frankly I never believed that simply because I believed that Kuwait can still catch up with the development we see in neighboring countries since we got all the required resources such as funding (I’m talking money, we have surplus)) and workforce and all we lacked is the decision making. I’m still hoping that my belief is still valid even though there are things that point to the other direction.
A friend of mine from Doha has sent me 3D presentation for a new “dreamy” project so called Doha Bay Crossing which will be an underwater tunnel connecting downtown to Sheraton Hotel. I recall another video Hamad International Airport (HIA) which was recently open and considered one of the largest and most advanced airports in the region and can handle over 29 million annual passengers. However what I personally loved about HIA is that it was completed as per the planned schedule as per uncle Wikipedia, something that we obviously lack in Kuwait mega projects. I’ve visited Qatar last summer and I must tell you it’s indeed one of the fastest developing countries in the whole region. I must admit I’m being envious since I really wish to see the mega projects in Kuwait such as New Kuwait International Airport terminal, Kuwait Metro Project, Jaber Causeway, City of Silk (see below image) and other planned (or should I say promised?) projects to be implemented so we could move forward.
Now the million dinar question; is the speculation regarding Kuwait catching up with development is still feasible or is it far fetched considering the givens?