A consortium led by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has secured a contract to advise on the feasibility of three new economic zones in Kuwait. The consortium also includes Dar Gulf Consult, Happold Consulting and DLA Piper. The project looks to enhance Kuwait’s production base to diversify the economy, developing local and regional investment opportunities.
The three Kuwait Economic Zones (KEZ) are Al-Abdali (6 sq km), Al-Na’ayem (6 sq km) and Al-Wafra (7 sq km). The consortium has been given 12 months to complete the feasibility study and will consider local physical conditions and previous plans for the regions among other elements.
SOM Consulting Partner George Efstathiou, FAIA, RIBA, said: “We look forward to helping Kuwait realise these three new development zones to create new investment opportunities, jobs and social benefits for Kuwaiti citizens in accord with the country’s strategic development objectives.”