Kuwait, Bridges, Kuwait construction, GCC

Kuwait to be home to world's longest bridge

The world's longest bridge, the Sheikh Jaber Causeway, linking Kuwait City to Subiyah New Town across Kuwait Bay, is set to be completed this year.

According to Arabian Business, media in South Korea reported that Hyundai Engineering & Construciton (Hyundai E&C) will complete the project in 2019, six years after winning the contract for the $2.6 billion project.

Reports said the total length of the bridge to be completed this year is 48.53km, about 7km longer than Haiwan Bridge in Qingdao, China.

Scheduled for completion in April, the project reclaimed 1.5 million m2 of land for two ports and a main administration building and visitor centre.

In November 2013, Hyundai E&C won the project along with a local company Combined Group, with the Korean builder’s share of the project standing at 78 percent of the total construction cost.

It is the largest civil engineering project landed by a Korean contractor since the waterway order from Libya in 1984.