Every time I drive across Sharq on Gulf Road and stop by the traffic light near the new Central Bank of Kuwait and across Sharq Market I see the signs for Heritage Village Project and start to wonder why it’s taking this project forever to complete. I remember I was so excited when I first read about this touristic project on the papers but that was many years ago and the project seems to be in long suspension period. So this time I decided to have a look inside and try to find someone to ask if there’s an on going issue preventing the project from being completed.
Inside I saw no one was working (well actually no one at all), the work site seemed rather deserted and all I saw was a small temporary site office so I approached it to see if anyone is there, and out of nowhere a security man suddenly appeared yelling “photos not allowed this is public property”, he kinda got me freaked at first. I asked him about the project progress and if there’s any works going on, he said the works stopped for long time and that project was there since 2005 (that’s over 7 years) but he has no idea why works were suspended. The Heritage Village initial cost was around 22 Million Dinar and covers around 82,000 sq. meter and it was supposed to envisage Kuwait past in a modern way with mud-like buildings, so it’s basically an old Kuwaiti styled village with classic shops, mosques, cafe shops, exhibition halls, a hotel… etc.
I’m not sure who’s the main contractor and what is the underlying issue but all I know is that the project was implemented on B.O.T basis, any idea?