With the trend of oil prices going down, the government is now keen on tapping its other industries to help fill the revenue gap left by the dip in performance of the oil industry in recent years. In order to do this, the government has invested in infrastructure projects that would facilitate commercial growth and provide a boost in related industries, such as tourism and importation of products into the country.
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One of these projects is the Sheikh Jaber Causeway, which will link the northern and southern regions that will provide residents faster travel time and facilitate more efficient trade within the country.
Amir Inaugurates Landmark Bridge in Kuwait
In line with this, HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah attended and supported the inauguration ceremony of Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Causeway on Monday (May 1), as shared in a report by the Kuwait Times.
The event was also attended by top government leaders including HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem, HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, visiting South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon, President of the French Senate Gerard Larcher, and a host of senior state officials, among others.
Speaking at the ceremony event, South Korean Prime Minister Lee extended his congratulations to HH the Amir on the inauguration of Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Causeway, expressing gratitude for supporting the execution of this project since 2013.
Lee shared that it has been a great pleasure for South Korean companies to participate in the largest national project in the history of Kuwait. He also extended his regards to Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company for its utmost efforts throughout the work period on the bridge project. Lee further expressed confidence that the 2035 vision of HH the Amir will have “remarkable achievements.”
PM Lee also shared that the project integrated the latest methods of civil engineering and environmentally-friendly technologies, pointing out that the causeway will be managed and operated through an intelligent transport system.
Furthermore, the causeway will play a key role in linking the southern and northern regions and reduce commuting time between Kuwait City and Subbiya to around 20 minutes instead of one hour.
For his part, Deputy Director General of the Public Authority for Roads and Transportation Saud Al-Naqi stressed that the project is the new development “gateway” for the country, branding the causeway the “artery” that will link Kuwait City with Silk City, which is considered the future financial and commercial centre.