Architecture, City planning, Kuwait, Renovation work, Salem Al-Mubarak

Kuwait to renovate Salem Al-Mubarak high street to evoke 1970s and 80s eras

Renovation work on Kuwait’s $6.6m (KWD2m) Barayeh Salem project is ongoing as the municipality aims to transform the area into a popular tourism and shopping destination.

According to Construction Week, Kuwait Municipality has been renovating the former Salem Al-Mubarak high street, now Barayeh Salem, for over six months to transform it into a pedestrian shopping avenue to boost tourism and retail sales in the city of Salmiya.

Photographs from state-run Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) show construction and renovation work has made progress: kiosks have been built, street lights set up, palm trees planted, and pedestrian walkways have been partially resurfaced.

When construction work started last year, Kuwait Municipality’s general director at the time, Ahmed Al-Manfouhi, said the project would “hopefully open next February”.

A timeline for project completion was not included in KUNA’s construction update on Barayeh Salem.

The development work will see 14 kiosks built, along with a number of gardens, water features, and shaded shopping areas along the boulevard. It has been designed to evoke 1970s and 1980s era of Kuwait.

Kuwait is boosting its tourism capabilities nationwide and a central part of this strategy is expansion of the Kuwait International Airport.

Earlier this year, Turkish construction giant Limak signed a $830m deal to fund development work at the airport.

The $830.6m (KWD249.2m) credit agreement was signed with two local banks, and will be used to build a new terminal, worth $4.2bn (KWD1.27bn).