Kuwait, Qiddiya, Urban planning

Kuwait plans entertainment city eight times the size of Qiddiya

Kuwait hopes to extend the capital’s Sheikh Zayed Park and create an entertainment city nearly eight times the size of Saudi Arabia’s Qiddiya gigaproject.

Entertainment City in Kuwait City will cover approximately 2,650km² – making it significantly larger than Qiddiya, which spans 334km² near Riyadh.

“The new Entertainment City project will be 2,650 million square metres,” Dr Hasan Kamal, chairman of Kuwait's Capital Governorate Committee said, according to Kuwait's state-run news agency.

A municipal council accepted a ruling by ministers for Amiri Diwan to assume responsibility for the project instead of the Touristic Enterprises Council, according to Commercial Interior Design.

It follows a 2016 decision to extend Sheikh Zayed Park.

The municipal council will evaluate the final plan for the expanded Entertainment City that will be designed by international specialists.

While Kuwait has said Entertainment City will cover 2,650km², it is unclear what will be built.

For Saudi Arabia’s Qiddiya gigaproject, however, which covers 334km², the kingdom has confirmed plans to build a Six Flags theme park, five hotel chains at different price points, as well as sports arenas, race tracks, and historical, cultural and educational activities.