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City of Silk Rail Network to Link Middle East & China
Posted By Ali Kriscenski On August 4, 2008 @ 5:00 am In Green Transportation,Urban design | 2 Comments
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.
Via World Architecture News 
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 rail network: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/04/transportation-tuesday-can-spains-ave-train-kill-the-airplane/
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