Kuwait construction sector plans projects worth $8b

DUBAI — The private construction sector in Kuwait is making progress at a very fast pace with large-scale projects worth more than $8 billion planned or under construction in the buildings, infrastructure and residential categories.

By A Staf Reporter

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Published: Thu 28 Jul 2005, 10:32 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:48 PM

The high economic growth of the country was attributed mainly to high oil revenues, low interest rates and a lower inflation rate, with real gross domestic product (GDP) rising by more than 6.5 per cent in 2005, according to a special report published this week by the Middle East Economic Digest.

Ayman Razek, general manager of MEED projects, the group's online business tracker said: “Much of this new liquidity is being channeled into the real estate sector, with unprecedented levels of investment in private and public sector projects. Kuwait is a major market for mega shopping malls, both for entertainment and for retail spending, and developers are aware that malls can be highly profitable ventures. ’’

Razek said: “For years, the private sector has been unwilling to invest in civil infrastructure, but now Kuwait is undergoing a period of rejuvenation. Inward investment is on the rise again, and the economy has been boosted by high oil prices and increased liquidity.’’

Local contractors estimate that more than $8,000 million of private sector investment will be channeled into the construction industry over the next five years, in addition to $3,000 million the government plans to spend out of its own resources.

If future build-operate-transfer (BOT) projects such as the residential and touristic developments of Failaka and Bubiyan islands are taken into account, this figure could rise even further to more than $40,000 million.

Razek also said: “The construction sector will also benefit from the shortage of quality commercial and residential space. With the overall population expanding by 8 per cent a year, Kuwait faces a severe housing shortage, and most real estate projects currently under development are focused on building commercial office space, hotels, and housing units.’’

Razek explained: “The pace of construction activity in Kuwait is increasing so rapidly that it is becoming difficult to keep track of the market developments - which is where MEED projects comes into play.’’

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