A massive urban masterplan has been approved for Madinat al-Hareer, or City of Silk, in Subiya, Kuwait. With a budget of £66 billion ($132bn USD), the project is an ambitious endeavor that will provide a rail network between major Middle East cities and China. Kuwait, Damascus, Baghdad, and Iran are all along the intended railway route, which will link these cities to Israel and China. Boasting a new tower that will become the world’s tallest, the design for City of Silk will also include numerous recreation and business attractions, including a National Wildlife Sanctuary.
British architects Civic Arts | Eric Kuhne Associates designed the city complex masterplan, which will include residences, hotels and retail with housing for up to 700,000 people. A stadium, new airport and 23.5 kilometer bridge (to Kuwait City) are also planned. The entire project will cover 250 square kilometers with specific areas for a variety of city activities. At the center, Burj Mubarak al-Kabir will become the world’s largest tower at 1001 meters high, clearing the Burj Dubai by 200 meters and nearly doubling the height of the Taipei 101.
Civic Arts hopes that the project will be completed by 2023.