Kuwait plans entertainment megaproject eight times bigger than Saudi’s Qiddiya

Kuwait plans entertainment megaproject eight times bigger than Saudi’s Qiddiya
Published: 22 October 2019 - 5:18 a.m.
By: Staff writer

Kuwait plans to extend the capital’s Sheikh Zayed Park to create an entertainment city that could be nearly eight times the size of Saudi Arabia’s Qiddiya gigaproject.

Entertainment City in Kuwait City will cover approximately 2,650km² – making it significantly larger than Qiddiya, which spans 334km² near Riyadh.

This, at least, is what Kuwait's state-run news agency has suggested.

“The new Entertainment City project will be 2,650 million square metres,” Dr Hasan Kamal, chairman of Kuwait's Capital Governorate Committee said, according to state media.

Kuwait’s municipal council accepted a ruling by ministers for Amiri Diwan to assume responsibility for the project instead of the Touristic Enterprises Council, according to Commercial Interior Design’s sister title, Construction Week.

This follows a 2016 decision to extend Sheikh Zayed Park, which is adjacent to the ocean-facing entertainment project.

Entertainment City in Kuwait was established in 1984 and was considered one of the country’s major touristic destinations at the time.

Now, the municipal council will evaluate the final plan for an expanded Entertainment City that will be designed by international specialists to attract more tourists under the government’s Vision 2035 strategic plan.

While Kuwait has said Entertainment City will cover 2,650km², it is unclear what will be built within such a large area.

For Saudi Arabia’s Qiddiya gigaproject, however, which covers 334km², the kingdom has confirmed plans to build a Six Flags theme park, five hotel chains at different price points, as well as sports arenas, race tracks, and historical, cultural and educational activities.

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