Economic Zones

Part of Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority task is to establish Economic Zones (Abdali, AlNa’ayem and AlWafra) According to Article No. (4) of Law No. (116) of 2013.

Economic Zones Vision

The Economic Zones provides investment opportunities for direct investments within the country to support the country’s economic diversification objectives. This in turn provides job opportunities as well as social benefits to Kuwaiti citizens.

“A Northern Gateway for International Trade”

Area: 5.02 Km²

Geographic Position

  • Northern Kuwait, near the border of Iraq
  • 90 km from Kuwait City Centre with large plots of farms adjacent

Thematic Position |Export Industries

Abdali will become a trade and industrial hub linking industries across borders to capitalize on growing local and regional opportunities.

One of the major assets is its access to the planned GCC Rail line and major highways. This will allow mobility, resources, and trade to be integrated into Abdali’s potentially significant Gulf region commercial center.

 

Economic and Social Value

  • The development of an economic zone with integrated facilities and a variety of activities that includes all elements of economic and social activities, making the zone self-sufficient providing all aspects of practical, social, and recreational life for its residents and visitors.
    • Approximately 22,000 diverse housing units ranging from private to investment housing to workers’ housing
    • Approximately 35,000 residents with all the facilities and services to support modern sustainable living.

First Smart City in the Country with the following unique features

 

Solid Waste Management

  • Pneumatic Waste Collection System
  • Solid waste management and recycling treatment plant

Water Resources Department

  • Sewage treatment plant and rainwater separation from the sewage system.
  • Rainwater collection tanks for reuse in irrigation and cooling operations.

Energy Efficiency

  • Renewable energy through solar panels on connected buildings main electricity distribution network.
  • All building guidelines encourage sustainability strategies
  • Smart energy management system to improve energy distribution and use.

Green Spaces

A network designed of open green spaces.

  • A green belt design for the site extends along the perimeter of the site on the northern and western edges (50 meters).
  • Green lanes designed along main roads and arterial roads.
  • Neighborhood gardens designed in residential areas.
  • Community parks designed at the local level for collective and investment housing.

Transportation

  • Mass transportation routes with electrical trams: Mass transit stations designed to reduce car use in the region and thereby reduce CO2 emissions.
  • Special bicycles lanes to reduce the use of cars within the area.
  • GCC railway project: The railway will connect to the location of the Al Abdali Economic Zone with a station located beside it.
  • Intelligence Traffic System: Provide ground sensors to see the number of vehicles for intersections as well as traffic cameras for traffic controls with connection with the Ministry of Interior.

The project includes adapting modern technologies to maximize value added and protect the environment.

  • 4 cooling stations with a combined capacity of 78,000 tons of cooling covering all elements of the project.
  • 4 major power conversion plants with a combined capacity of 258 MW.
  • Solid waste collection plants with intelligent assembly and processing system.
  • Central water treatment and recycling plant + 4 rainwater collection tanks so that all water sources entering the project (Zero Net Discharge) are reused.
  • The use of sustainable energy production sources on all units and providing infrastructure for the use of renewable energy.
  • Smart lighting systems to reduce energy consumption and use lighting as information points (Wi-Fi).
  • Infrastructure systems designed to represent investment opportunities to maximize value added and reduce capital cost.

“A Central Location for the Expansion of Core Industries”

Area: 6 Km²

Geographic Position:

  • West of Jahra Governorate, on the road to the border port of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • It is 70 kilometers west of Kuwait Metropolitan Area.

Thematic Position: Core Industries

It too is connected by proposed GCC Rail line and major highway access along the Al Salmi Highway that connects to the Saudi border. Al Na’ayem will become the home for the growth of land-intensive industrial activities and renewable energy technologies, ideally placed to capitalize on regional opportunities in these growing sectors.

“A Southern Gateway to Cross-Border Economic Growth”

Area: 7 Km²

Geographic Position:

  • Southern Kuwait, within the Ahmadi Economic Governorate.
  • It is 65 kilometers southwest from Kuwait Metropolitan Area and in route to a KSA border crossing.

Thematic Position: Clean Industries

Al Wafra Economic Zone provides a supportive working environment for investors looking to locate among a diverse set of high value business clusters within easy reach of urban centers.

Al Wafra will become a hub for incubating, launching, and connecting innovative companies to the most important regional and global markets.