Committee delay stalls Kuwait railway project

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KUWAIT CITY, April 22: For years, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations have prioritized projects aimed at enhancing the transportation infrastructure in the region, including railway systems, to bolster connectivity and trade among member states, reports Al-Jarida daily. One such project is the study, detailed design, and document preparation for the railway tender’s first phase. However, Ministry of Public Works sources revealed that this project has been stalled for nearly seven months due to the absence of the Central Tenders Committee.

The delay in forming the Central Tenders Committee, following the expiration of the term of its members, has led to significant setbacks in vital state projects, including the aforementioned railway initiative. Despite the acceptance of nine companies and the exclusion of one from the bidding process, the closure of the detailed study and design project’s bidding phase, initially set for September 3, remains pending. The project, initially slated for completion by the end of 2028, is crucial for Kuwait’s transportation sector and railway network development. It aims to integrate seamlessly with other modes of transportation, facilitating economic growth and supporting the movement of goods and passengers.

Additionally, it will connect Kuwait City with Kuwait International Airport and seaports, serving as a key artery for economic and industrial development. Another noteworthy project under consideration is the railway linking Kuwait to Riyadh, currently undergoing feasibility studies and route establishment. These initiatives align with the government’s efforts to boost the local and Gulf economies, fostering investment opportunities and regional integration. While Kuwait grapples with delays, other Gulf countries are making strides in their railway projects. Bahrain’s Gulf Railway Project aims to establish a railway system linking Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Oman via a sea bridge. Similarly, the Saudi- Gulf Railway network and various railway projects in the UAE and Qatar underscore the region’s commitment to advancing transportation infrastructure and connectivity.

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