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22/04/15
The Silver Rush Begins: Eric Kuhne interviewed as Silvertown gets green light VIEW

31/03/15
Big news for Bellingham: CivicArts concept masterplan helps seal deal VIEW

15/05/14
Island Gardens Miami gets the green light VIEW

16/03/14
Green Shoots for Garden City: George Osbourne gives backing to Ebsfleet VIEW

01/08/13
Great new ways: Eric Kuhne sheds light on Paxton's grand design VIEW

22/07/13
Building better by example: Headwaters Park encourages good design VIEW

23/05/13
Letter of the week: Eric Kuhne responds to AJ article on Titanic Quarter VIEW

10/05/13
Cracking ad campaign: Wallace and Gromit's Titanic adventure VIEW

02/05/13
Numbers that speak for themselves: Titanic Belfast's maiden statistics VIEW

11/10/12
An exchange of ideas: CivicArts plays host to the APECF delegation VIEW

19/09/12
Headwaters Park Development Symposium: Eric Kuhnes visionary mind to be 'tapped again' VIEW

10/08/12
Let there be Light: Work begins on CivicArts' Tower of Light at Mid Valley Gardens VIEW

03/08/12
Experience Eric: Watch Eric Kuhne's speech at the TILE Experience Economy Forum VIEW

01/05/12
A lot to talk about: Eric Kuhne interviewed in article on 'ReThinking a Lot' VIEW

18/04/12
Blueprint for Belfast icon: Read Blueprint's review of Titanic Belfast VIEW

12/04/12
Titanic plans to transform Belfast's cityscape VIEW

11/04/12
Will Belfast become "Titanic City"? VIEW

05/04/12
Inside Titanic Belfast VIEW

04/04/12
Belfast wagers on Titanic's unsinkable appeal VIEW

02/04/12
Titanic return for 105-year-old VIEW

01/04/12
Derelict Titanic shipyard revitalised for 100th anniversary VIEW

31/03/12
Titanic Belfast opens doors to public VIEW

30/03/12
Titanic Belfast exhibit opening where doomed ship built VIEW

19/03/12
Billboard Belfast: Titanic Belfast becomes platform for promoting Northern Ireland VIEW

11/03/12
Songs from the Shipyards: Titanic Belfast featured on 'Songs of Praise' VIEW

01/03/12
The Opening Draws Near: 30 days till Titanic Belfast launches VIEW

09/02/12
It's a sign! Steel TITANIC installed on Queen's Island VIEW

01/02/12
Two months to Launch: Titanic Belfast nears the end of the rainbow VIEW

20/12/11
Hear the Heartbeat: Titantic Belfast trailer now on YouTube VIEW

11/11/11
Like ships in the night: New nocturnal images of Titanic Belfast VIEW

09/08/11
Clad Tidings: Titanic Signature Project's plates in place VIEW

04/08/11
Signature Project to get the Full Picture: Dr Robert Ballard prepares to return to Titanic VIEW

28/06/11
The Book of the Mall: Two CivicArts projects published in ArtPower's 'More? Mall!' VIEW

03/06/11
Midway Gardens, Istanbul: A blueprint for successful symbiotic activity VIEW

31/05/11
Marking a moment in time: Belfast commemorates Titanic's launch VIEW

24/05/11
Powering through the pipeline: Titanic Signature Project progresses VIEW

06/04/11
Prime Example: Eric to speak at the e.g. 5 conference this Friday VIEW

25/03/11
Coming ashore in style: See CivicArts' scheme for a luxury liner terminal in Istanbul VIEW

23/03/11
Viva Las Vegas: CivicArts' horseshoe scheme deals a new hand to the city of dreams VIEW

22/03/11
Speaking in Stockholm: Eric Kuhne to present '5 CITIES FOR THE FUTURE' at Kopcentrumdagen VIEW

09/02/11
Re-imagining Retail: CivicArts transforms Chadstone into a town centre VIEW

04/02/11
Building Pictures: Donal Mc Cann begins his portrait of the Signature Project VIEW

14/12/10
Water under the bridge?: Read Bluewater press cuttings from the EKA archive VIEW

24/11/10
New face on the net: Al Wady Gardens gets its own Facebook page VIEW

23/11/10
Eric currently being interviewed by Ben Thompson, editor of MENA Infrastructure magazine VIEW

23/11/10
Saving the best till last: Eric closes the first day of The Big 5 VIEW

18/11/10
Book & Blog, Twitter & Tube: Follow our Multidisciplinary Practice through Multiple Media VIEW

16/11/10
New signature on Belfast's skyline: Titanic Signature Project takes shape VIEW

04/11/10
Letter on a Lecture: Paul Finch records his thoughts on Eric's Berlin presentation VIEW

29/10/10
City of Silk and Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens win Arabian Property Awards VIEW

22/10/10
An Eye to the Future: Eric joins the judging panel at the World Retail Conference VIEW

21/10/10
Presenting the Future: Eric addresses the World Retail Conference in Berlin VIEW

14/10/10
A Riverfront Reborn: A vision for Griffintown's renaissance VIEW

12/10/10
Building Narratives in Boston: Eric explains architecture's story-telling qualities at the BBF VIEW

11/10/10
Hot Property: Eric explores 'The Prophesy of Leisure' at London's Property Investor Show VIEW

30/09/10
New Life along the Lachine: Two weeks till release of Griffintown, Montreal VIEW

23/09/10
A New Pearl in Paradise: Manama Lagoon adds layers of luxury to Bahrain VIEW

16/09/10
Arabian Accolades: CivicArts succeeds in winning two International Property Awards VIEW

15/09/10
Layers, Leaves and Light: New pictures of Mid Valley Gardens VIEW

10/09/10
Something in the Pipeline: Watch Al Wady Gardens on YouTube VIEW

09/09/10
Graceful living by the Gulf: Manama Lagoon to be released in two weeks VIEW

08/09/10
A Land of Luxury Along the Wadi: Al Wady Gardens released online VIEW

01/09/10
Palatial Patterns in the Sand: One week till Al Wady Gardens comes to the website VIEW

27/08/10
A New Reel on Riyadh: Film of Al Wady Gardens released VIEW

11/08/10
Tower in Waiting: New images of the proposed V Building VIEW

04/06/10
Storeys for stories: Titanic Signature Project takes shape VIEW

06/05/10
Lasting Legacy: FX magazine salutes Bluewater's enduring quality VIEW

11/03/10
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference video: "Starcatchers versus Skyscrapers" VIEW

22/02/10
CTBUH Summary: 'We are constructing today what had been dreams just a few years ago' VIEW

21/01/10
Leading the Pack: Burj Mubarak al Kabir tops Popular Mechanic's survey of future skyscrapers VIEW

04/12/09
Firm Foundations: 4,000 tons of concrete poured into the Titanic Signature Project VIEW

04/11/09
Executive Decision: Titanic Quarter receives a 10m endorsement from Belfast City Council VIEW

03/11/09
43.5 million pound grant from Government keeps Titanic Quarter steaming ahead VIEW

22/10/09
Eric to present the case for 'Starcatchers versus Skyscrapers' at Chicago conference VIEW

01/07/09
Good news will travel: Titanic Quarter graces easyJet Traveller magazine VIEW

01/05/09
Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens and the debate on Dubai's sustainable future VIEW

31/03/09
Burj Mubarak Al Kabir features in Science Illustrated's lineup of tall buildings VIEW

25/03/09
Eric Kuhne lays out his vision for integrated architecture and civic arts in Landscape VIEW

22/03/09
Flagstone Properties presses ahead with the long-awaited Island Gardens, Miami VIEW

20/02/09
Passionate Visionary: Read the Eric Kuhne interview with Men's Passion magazine VIEW

13/02/09
Extreme Exposure: Burj Mubarak al Kabir graces the cover of Popular Science VIEW

26/01/09
Eric Kuhne attends the Nordic Urban Design Conference in Bergen, Norway as Keynote Speaker VIEW

20/01/09
The Tallest Towers in 2020: The Council on Tall Buildings measures up the Burj Mubarak al Kabir VIEW

07/01/09
Excited bloggers are already posting photos of the newly opened Mid Valley Gardens... VIEW

06/01/09
Island Gardens anticipates wildlife sanctuary for birds at Biscayne Bay and Watson Island VIEW

29/11/08
Belfast News Letter: Titanic building 'will be icon' VIEW

28/11/08
Belfast Telegraph City News : Titanic rises again in 100m plan VIEW

28/11/08
BBC News: Titanic project 'to benefit all' VIEW

27/11/08
BBC News: Executive launches Titanic funds VIEW

24/11/08
The Gulf Magazine, September 6-12, 2008: Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens VIEW

24/11/08
Executive Magazine Special report Oct 08: Kuwait's City of Silk VIEW

18/11/08
Building, Oct 08: Eric Kuhne interview: Aladdin's cave VIEW

14/11/08
Island Gardens Groundbreaking Bash VIEW

17/10/08
Burj Mubarak Al Kabir Tower features in Hyundai Genesis advert VIEW

17/10/08
Kuwait to invest in mega projects - Kuwait Times VIEW

29/08/08
MEA June 08 - Telling Stories: The City of Silk VIEW

29/08/08
Renowned architect slams snub to Arabic heritage VIEW

29/08/08
Arabian Business: City of Silk VIEW

23/07/08
The Guardian: Kuwait plans new 132bn metropolis VIEW

23/07/08
Outdoor Design magazine: Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens VIEW

17/07/08
Journal Gazette: Headwaters Park - A towering idea VIEW

17/07/08
Guardian article: cost of driving impact on out-of-town shopping VIEW

25/06/08
Panoramas of Darling Park's Cockle Bay Wharf VIEW

25/06/08
A Renaissance for Skyscrapers - NYTimes.com VIEW

25/05/08
Hotelier magazine - Middle East. Buliding Dreams VIEW

20/05/08
The National, Peter C Baker meets Eric Kuhne, the architectural evangelist VIEW

14/04/08
Video of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens launch VIEW

19/03/08
Kuwait details US$77 billion 'City of Silk' VIEW

06/03/08
Headwaters Park to announce possible new structures VIEW

06/03/08
A Towering Idea - Headwaters Park VIEW

04/03/08
City of Silk featured in Emirates' Portfolio Magazine VIEW

01/03/08
Architecture is the New Diplomacy VIEW

29/02/08
From Belfast to Kuwait comes the City of Silk VIEW

29/02/08
Camp David at Lake Borobay VIEW

22/02/08
World press reacts to City of Silk and 1001-Metre High Tower
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AJ - 12 February 2008, by Richard Vaughan
Eric Kuhne to design Kuwaiti city

Eric Kuhne Associates is to design a $77 billion (40 billion) new city in the Gulf emirate of Kuwait.

The Kuwaiti government has called on Kuhne to provide designs for the major new city, dubbed the City of Silk, and hopes to revive the ancient Asian trade route, the Silk Road.

Located in the Subiya area, on the northernmost tip of Kuwait Bay, Kuhne's new city will become home to more than 750,000 people when it is completed in 2030.

According to Kuhne, the city will be built on a 200km2 site which will consist of four major zones: a city of commerce, a city of diplomacy and education, a city of ecology, and a city of recreation and leisure.

Kuhne said it was 'the largest single real-estate development in the Middle East'.

 
MEED - 8 February 2008
Dubai to launch megacity in March

Sheikh Mohammed commissions UK architect to design project similar to Kuwait’s City of Silk

A new megacity will be launched in Dubai next month, designed by Eric R Kuhne & Associates, the firm behind the City of Silk project in Kuwait.

Eric Kuhne, managing director of the architecture firm, says ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has commissioned the company to design a new city. This is due to be launched in Dubai in March.

While he would not give any details of the scheme, Kuhne says the city project will be similar to the KD21bn ($58bn) City of Silk development, though on a smaller scale. The City of Silk project in Kuwait will cover a 250-square kilometre area to the north of Kuwait Bay on the Subiya Peninsula. According to Kuhne, construction work is due to begin by the end of 2008.

Speaking to MEED at the Kuwait Conference, Kuhne said the firstphase of Silk City would include enabling works and digging of canals for Commerce City one of four districts planned for the site as well as the enabling works for the Subiya Causeway connecting Subiya with Kuwait City.

“Our goal in the first five years is to construct the employment centre, roads, pipelines and transport links, and an airport for the commercial and leisure cities,” he said. “Commerce City is so essential because there is simply no more room for businesses to move into Kuwait City.”

The project is expected to have a population of 700,000 once completed in 2030.

“When construction starts properly, we have 30 communities to house,” said Kuhne.

“That means we have to build more than one community of 25,000 every year for the next 21 years.”

Culture City and Ecological City complete the city centres.

A company will be set up by the end of 2008 to manage the city, taking control of its budget and acting like a municipality.

Kuhne & Associates have approached contractors regarding work on the Burj Mubarak al- Kabir, the 1,001-metre tower, at the centre of Commercial City.

“We know all of the top interna- tional contractors and they have all enquired and indicated significant interest in this,” said Kuhne.

“They know it is going to be a joint venture, which is essential on a project of this size, as you need resources across multiple construction disciplines.”

The tower will have 234 floors, designed so that seven 30-floor buildings will be stacked on top of each other.

A podium will connect it with 27 other buildings in a nine-pointed star arrangement.

A mosque, cathedral and synagogue will be built at the top of the tower. Kuhne & Associates has designed the tower and the UKs Atkins has worked on the concept engineering.

The adviser on the scheme is the local OHA Engineering Consultants. Consultant KPMG has carried out an economic analysis, while Dubai-based SQ.FT Consulting is the strategic adviser.

The project, known as the Madinat al-Hareer in Arabic, was approved by the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers in November 2007.

Kuwait and Dubai have been the main markets for Kuhne & Associates in the region.

The UK-based architecture and design firm has also previously worked on the Bur Juman Gardens project in Dubai, and the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Its other main project in the northern Gulf is the Mall of Kuwait, which will have 150,000 square metres of retail space in the Sabahiya area and is due to open this year.

 
NEWS.com.au - 7 February 2008, by Chris Sell
$85bn 'City of Silk' for Kuwait

THE oil-rich Gulf state of Kuwait plans to build a major new city inspired by the Silk Road that it hopes will become a global trade and tourist attraction.

The $US77 billion ($85.5 billion) dollar "City of Silk" aims to revive the ancient trade route by becoming a major free trade zone linking central Asia with Europe.

"It is the largest single real estate development in the Middle East," Eric Kuhne, managing director of Eric R Kuhne and Associates, which provided designs for the seaside city, told a conference overnight organised by MEED magazine.

The city, located in Subbiya on the northernmost tip of Kuwait Bay hard by the Iraqi border, will be home to 750,000 people when completed in 2030, said Mr Kuhne, a renowned international architect.

The City of Silk will be linked to the capital Kuwait City by a 26km causeway, greatly reducing the current road distance of some 120km.

Two artificial islands will be built alongside the causeway.

Built on an area of 200 square kilometres, the city would consist of four major zones - a city of commerce, a city of leisure and recreation, a city of ecology and a city of diplomacy and education, Mr Kuhne said.

The commerce city would sit in the middle of a canal system and aims to boost Kuwait's efforts to become a regional trade and financial centre, he said.

At the centre of the commerce city, a 1001m tower will be built.

Its height is a reference to the classic work of Arabic literature, The One Thousand and One Nights.

Three blades that will be built near the top of the tower, will carry a mosque, a church and a synagogue to signify the unity of the three monotheistic religions, Mr Kuhne said.

The leisure city will house an international-standard Olympic village while the education and diplomacy city will house several universities and is also expected to be home to a number of foreign missions, he said.

Mr Kuhne said the project has been approved in principle and that work is under way to secure passage of the necessary legislation for the city to be treated as a free trade zone.

He said he expected to secure the necessary approvals for construction to start by the end of the year.

Kuwait, which sits on 10 per cent of global crude reserves, has been vying to restore its position as the most developed country in the Gulf, buoyed by windfall revenues from high oil prices that have increased its foreign assets to $US213 billion ($236.36 billion).

The government plans to transform the emirate into a major regional financial and trade hub and the "City of Silk" project is being closely followed and encouraged by Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

 
Regional Times - 6 February 2008
Kuwait plans 77 billion dollar ‘City of Silk’

KUWAIT CITY: The oil-rich Gulf state of Kuwait plans to build a major new city inspired by the Silk Road that it hopes will become a global trade and tourist attraction, an executive said on Tuesday.

The 77 billion dollar “City of Silk” aims to revive the ancient trade route by becoming a major free trade zone linking central Asia with Europe.

“It is the largest single real estate development in the Middle East,” Eric Kuhne, managing director of Eric R. Kuhne and Associates, which provided designs for the seaside city, told a conference organised by MEED magazine.

The city, located in Subbiya on the northernmost tip of Kuwait Bay hard by the Iraqi border, will be home to 750,000 people when completed in 2030, Kuhne, a renowned international architect, said. The City of Silk will be linked to the capital Kuwait City by a 26-kilometre (16-mile) causeway, greatly reducing the current road distance of some 120 kilometres (75 miles). Two artificial islands will be built alongside the causeway. Built on an area of 200 square kilometres (78 square miles), the city will consist of four major zones - a city of commerce, a city of leisure and recreation, a city of ecology and a city of diplomacy and education, Kuhne said.

The commerce city will sit in the middle of a canal system and aims to boost Kuwait’s efforts to become a regional trade and financial centre, he said.

At the centre of the commerce city, a 1,001-metre (3,284 foot) tower will be built. Its height is a reference to the classic work of Arabic literature, The One Thousand and One Nights.

Three blades that will be built near the top of the tower, will carry a mosque, a church and a synagogue to signify the unity of the three monotheistic religions, Kuhne said. The leisure city will house an international-standard Olympic village while the education and diplomacy city will house several universities and is also expected to be home to a number of foreign missions, he said.

Kuhne said the project has been approved in principle and that work is under way to secure passage of the necessary legislation for the city to be treated as a free trade zone.

He said he expected to secure the necessary approvals for construction to start by the end of the year. Kuwait, which sits on 10 percent of global crude reserves, has been vying to restore its position as the most developed country in the Gulf, buoyed by windfall revenues from high oil prices that have increased its foreign assets to 213 billion dollars. The government plans to transform the emirate into a major regional financial and trade hub and the “City of Silk” project is being closely followed and encouraged by Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

 
Arabian Business - 7 February 2008, by AFP
Kuwait details $77bn 'City of Silk'

The oil-rich Gulf state of Kuwait plans to build a major new city inspired by the Silk Road that it hopes will become a global trade and tourist attraction, an executive said on Tuesday.

The $77 billion "City of Silk" aims to revive the ancient trade route by becoming a major free trade zone linking central Asia with Europe.

"It is the largest single real estate development in the Middle East," Eric Kuhne, managing director of Eric R. Kuhne and Associates, which provided designs for the seaside city, told a conference.

The city, located in Subbiya on the northernmost tip of Kuwait Bay hard by the Iraqi border, will be home to 750,000 people when completed in 2030, Kuhne, a renowned international architect, said.

The City of Silk will be linked to the capital Kuwait City by a 26-kilometre causeway, greatly reducing the current road distance of some 120 kilometres. Two artificial islands will be built alongside the causeway.

Built on an area of 200 square kilometres, the city will consist of four major zones - a city of commerce, a city of leisure and recreation, a city of ecology and a city of diplomacy and education, Kuhne said.

The commerce city will sit in the middle of a canal system and aims to boost Kuwait's efforts to become a regional trade and financial centre, he said.

At the centre of the commerce city, a 1,001 metre tower will be built. Its height is a reference to the classic work of Arabic literature, The One Thousand and One Nights.

Three blades that will be built near the top of the tower, will carry a mosque, a church and a synagogue to signify the unity of the three monotheistic religions, Kuhne said.

 
AME Info - 6 February 06
Kuwait plans Silk city mega project

Work is expected to start on Kuwait's City of Silk mega project by the end of the year. The city, which will include a 1001 storey tower that will vie to be among the tallest in the world, will cost KD21bn and house 700,000 people. The entire city won't be ready until 2030, although the tower should be completed within 10 years. Eric Kuhne, MD of Eric R Kuhne and Associates, which designed much of the city, said it would be carbon neutral once completed and make extensive use of not just grey water but also sea water for irrigation, using plants that can survive in salty water.

 
The Daily Star - 6 February 2008, By Agence France Presse (AFP)
Kuwait to build 'City of Silk' in bid to revive ancient trade route

KUWAIT CITY: The oil-rich Gulf state of Kuwait plans to build a major new city inspired by the Silk Road that it hopes will become a global trade and tourist attraction, an executive said on Tuesday. The $77 billion "City of Silk" aims to revive the ancient trade route by becoming a major free trade zone linking central Asia with Europe.

"It is the largest single real estate development in the Middle East," Eric Kuhne, managing director of Eric R. Kuhne and Associates, which provided designs for the seaside city, told a conference organized by MEED magazine.

The city, located in Subbiya on the northernmost tip of Kuwait Bay hard by the Iraqi border, will be home to 750,000 people when completed in 2030, Kuhne, a renowned international architect, said.

The City of Silk will be linked to the capital Kuwait City by a 26-kilometer causeway, greatly reducing the current road distance of some 120 kilometers. Two artificial islands will be built alongside the causeway.

Built on an area of 200 square kilometers, the city will consist of four major zones - a city of commerce, a city of leisure and recreation, a city of ecology and a city of diplomacy and education, Kuhne said.

The Commerce City will sit in the middle of a canal system and aims to boost Kuwait's efforts to become a regional trade and financial center, he said.

At the center of the Commerce City, a 1,001-meter tower will be built. Its height is a reference to the classic work of Arabic literature, The One Thousand and One Nights.

Three blades that will be built near the top of the tower, will carry a mosque, a church and a synagogue to signify the unity of the three monotheistic religions, Kuhne said.

The Leisure City will house an international-standard Olympic village while the education and diplomacy city will house several universities and is also expected to be home to a number of foreign missions, Kuhne said.

Kuhne said the project has been approved in principle and that work is under way to secure passage of the necessary legislation for the city to be treated as a free trade zone.

He said he expected to secure the necessary approvals for construction to start by the end of the year.

Kuwait, which sits on 10 percent of the world's crude reserves, has been vying to restore its position as the most developed country in the Gulf, buoyed by windfall revenues from high oil prices that have increased its foreign assets to $213 billion.

The government plans to transform the emirate into a major regional financial and trade hub and the "City of Silk" project is being closely followed and encouraged by Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

 
Dawn - 6 February 2008 / Muharram 27, 1429, by AFP
$77bn ‘City of Silk’

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 5: The oil-rich Gulf state of Kuwait plans to build a major new city inspired by the Silk Road that it hopes will become a global trade and tourist attraction, an executive said on Tuesday.

The $77bn “City of Silk” aims to revive the ancient trade route by becoming a major free trade zone linking central Asia with Europe.

“It is the largest single real estate development in the Middle East,” Eric Kuhne, MD of Eric R. Kuhne and Associates, told a press conference.

 
Gulf Daily News - 6 February 2008
City of Silk!

Kuwait plans to build a major city inspired by the Silk Road that it hopes will become a global trade and tourist attraction, an executive said yesterday.

The $77 billion "City of Silk" aims to revive the ancient trade route by becoming a major free trade zone linking central Asia with Europe.

"It is the largest single real estate development in the Middle East," Eric Kuhne, managing director of Eric R Kuhne and Associates, which provided designs for the seaside city, told a conference organised by MEED magazine. The city, located in Subbiya on the northernmost tip of Kuwait Bay hard by the Iraqi border, will be home to 750,000 people when completed in 2030, Kuhne, a renowned international architect, said.

The City of Silk will be linked to the capital Kuwait City by a 26km causeway, greatly reducing the current road distance of some 120km. Two artificial islands will be built alongside the causeway. Built on an area of 200sq/km, the city will consist of four major zones - a city of commerce, a city of leisure and recreation, a city of ecology and a city of diplomacy and education, Kuhne said.

The commerce city will sit in the middle of a canal system and aims to boost Kuwaits efforts to become a regional trade and financial centre, he said. At the centre of the commerce city, a 1,001-metre tower will be built. Its height is a reference to the classic work of Arabic literature, The One Thousand and One Nights.

Three blades that will be built near the top of the tower, will carry a mosque, a church and a synagogue to signify the unity of the three monotheistic religions, Kuhne said. The leisure city will house an international-standard Olympic village while the education and diplomacy city will house several universities and is also expected to be home to a number of foreign missions, he said.

Kuhne said the project has been approved in principle and that work is under way to secure passage of the necessary legislation for the city to be treated as a free trade zone.

 
Gulf Times Newspaper - 6 February 2008, by AFP
Kuwait sets out plans to build a $77bn City of Silk

KUWAIT CITY: The oil-rich Gulf state of Kuwait plans to build a major new city inspired by the Silk Road that it hopes will become a global trade and tourist attraction, an executive said yesterday.

The 77bn City of Silk aims to revive the ancient trade route by becoming amajor free trade zone linking central Asia with Europe.

It is the largest single real estate development in the Middle East, Eric Kuhne, managing director of Eric R Kuhne and Associates, which provided designs for the seaside city, told a conference organised by MEED magazine.

The city, located in Subbiya on the northernmost tip of Kuwait Bay bang on the Iraqi border, will be home to 750,000 people when completed in 2030, said Kuhne, a renowned international architect.

The City of Silk will be linked to Kuwait City by a 26km causeway, greatly reducing the current road distance of some 120km. Two artificial islands will be built alongside the causeway.

Built on an area of 200sq km, the city will consist of four major zones - a city of commerce, a city of leisure and recreation, a city of ecology and a city of diplomacy and education, Kuhne said.

The commerce city will sit in the middle of a canal system and aims to boost Kuwait's efforts to become a regional trade and financial centre, he said.

At the centre of the commerce city, a 1,001m tower will be built. Its height is a reference to the classic work of Arabic literature, The One Thousand and One Nights.

Three blades that will be built near the top of the tower, would house a mosque, a church and a synagogue to signify the unity of the three monotheistic religions, Kuhne said.

The leisure city will house an international-standard Olympic village while the education and diplomacy city will house several universities and is also expected to be home to a number of foreign missions, he said.

Kuhne said the project has been approved in principle and that work is under way to secure passage of the necessary legislation for the city to be treated as a free trade zone.

He said he expected to secure the necessary approvals for construction to start by the end of the year.

Kuwait, which sits on 10% of global crude reserves, has been vying to restore its position as the most developed country in the Gulf, buoyed by windfall revenues from high oil prices that have increased its foreign assets to $213bn.

The government plans to transform the emirate into a major regional financial and trade hub and the City of Silkproject is being closely followed and encouraged by the Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

 
Islam online - 06 February 2008
Kuwait plans Silk city mega project

Work is expected to start on Kuwait's City of Silk mega project by the end of the year. The city, which will include a 1001 storey tower that will vie to be among the tallest in the world, will cost KD21bn and house 700,000 people. The entire city won't be ready until 2030, although the tower should be completed within 10 years. Eric Kuhne, MD of Eric R Kuhne and Associates, which designed much of the city, said it would be carbon neutral once completed and make extensive use of not just grey water but also sea water for irrigation, using plants that can survive in salty water.

 
MEED - 5 February 2008, by Edmund O'Sullivan
City of Silk to create 300,000 jobs in Kuwait

The KD 21bn ($58bn) City of Silk development on the Subiya peninsula north of Kuwait Bay will create about 300,000 jobs, according to the project's designer.

Eric Kuhne, managing director of Eric R Kuhne & Associates, told MEED's Kuwait Conference on 5 February that work on the project will start later in 2008.

The company designed the project, known as Madinat al-Hareer in Arabic, which was approved by the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers in November 2007.

City of Silk will be developed by a wholly-owned government body, called Madinat al-Hareer Corporation, but the project will be financed by a combination of private and public capital.

"Work is now proceeding on the enabling law that will govern the city and on putting together a budget," said Kuhne. "Work will start on phase one of the project by the end of the year."

Madinat al-Hareer will have a final population of 700,000 people.

 
SMH - 6 February 6 2008
Kuwait plans $85 billion 'City of Silk'

The oil-rich Gulf state of Kuwait plans to build a major new city inspired by the Silk Road that it hopes will become a global trade and tourist attraction.

The $US77 billion ($A85.5 billion) dollar "City of Silk" aims to revive the ancient trade route by becoming a major free trade zone linking central Asia with Europe.

"It is the largest single real estate development in the Middle East," Eric Kuhne, managing director of Eric R Kuhne and Associates, which provided designs for the seaside city, told a conference today organised by MEED magazine.

The city, located in Subbiya on the northernmost tip of Kuwait Bay hard by the Iraqi border, will be home to 750,000 people when completed in 2030, said Kuhne, a renowned international architect.

The City of Silk will be linked to the capital Kuwait City by a 26-kilometre causeway, greatly reducing the current road distance of some 120 kilometres.

Two artificial islands will be built alongside the causeway.

Built on an area of 200 square kilometres, the city would consist of four major zones - a city of commerce, a city of leisure and recreation, a city of ecology and a city of diplomacy and education, Kuhne said.

The commerce city would sit in the middle of a canal system and aims to boost Kuwait's efforts to become a regional trade and financial centre, he said.

At the centre of the commerce city, a 1001-metre tower will be built.

Its height is a reference to the classic work of Arabic literature, The One Thousand and One Nights.

Three blades that will be built near the top of the tower, will carry a mosque, a church and a synagogue to signify the unity of the three monotheistic religions, Kuhne said.

The leisure city will house an international-standard Olympic village while the education and diplomacy city will house several universities and is also expected to be home to a number of foreign missions, he said.

Kuhne said the project has been approved in principle and that work is under way to secure passage of the necessary legislation for the city to be treated as a free trade zone.

He said he expected to secure the necessary approvals for construction to start by the end of the year.

Kuwait, which sits on 10 per cent of global crude reserves, has been vying to restore its position as the most developed country in the Gulf, buoyed by windfall revenues from high oil prices that have increased its foreign assets to $US213 billion ($A236.36 billion).

The government plans to transform the emirate into a major regional financial and trade hub and the "City of Silk" project is being closely followed and encouraged by Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

 
The Straits Times - 5 February 2008
Kuwait plans $109b 'City of Silk'

KUWAIT CITY - THE oil-rich Gulf state of Kuwait plans to build a major new city inspired by the Silk Road that it hopes will become a global trade and tourist attraction, an executive said on Tuesday.

The US$77 billion (S$109 billion) 'City of Silk' aims to revive the ancient trade route by becoming a major free trade zone linking central Asia with Europe.

'It is the largest single real estate development in the Middle East,' Eric Kuhne, managing director of Eric R. Kuhne and Associates, which provided designs for the seaside city, told a conference organised by MEED magazine.

The city, located in Subbiya on the northernmost tip of Kuwait Bay hard by the Iraqi border, will be home to 750,000 people when completed in 2030, Kuhne, a renowned international architect, said.

The City of Silk will be linked to the capital Kuwait City by a 26-kilometre causeway, greatly reducing the current road distance of some 120 kilometres.

Two artificial islands will be built alongside the causeway.

Built on an area of 200 square kilometres, the city will consist of four major zones - a city of commerce, a city of leisure and recreation, a city of ecology and a city of diplomacy and education, Mr Kuhne said.

The commerce city will sit in the middle of a canal system and aims to boost Kuwait's efforts to become a regional trade and financial centre, he said.

At the centre of the commerce city, a 1,001-metre tower will be built. Its height is a reference to the classic work of Arabic literature, The One Thousand and One Nights.

Three blades that will be built near the top of the tower, will carry a mosque, a church and a synagogue to signify the unity of the three monotheistic religions, Kuhne said.

The leisure city will house an international-standard Olympic village while the education and diplomacy city will house several universities and is also expected to be home to a number of foreign missions, he said.

Mr Kuhne said the project has been approved in principle and that work is under way to secure passage of the necessary legislation for the city to be treated as a free trade zone.

He said he expected to secure the necessary approvals for construction to start by the end of the year.

Kuwait, which sits on 10 per cent of global crude reserves, has been vying to restore its position as the most developed country in the Gulf, buoyed by windfall revenues from high oil prices that have increased its foreign assets to US$213 billion.

 
AFP - 5 February 2008
Kuwait plans 77 billion dollar 'City of Silk'

KUWAIT CITY (AFP) The oil-rich Gulf state of Kuwait plans to build a major new city inspired by the Silk Road that it hopes will become a global trade and tourist attraction, an executive said on Tuesday.

The 77 billion dollar "City of Silk" aims to revive the ancient trade route by becoming a major free trade zone linking central Asia with Europe.

"It is the largest single real estate development in the Middle East," Eric Kuhne, managing director of Eric R. Kuhne and Associates, which provided designs for the seaside city, told a conference organised by MEED magazine.

The city, located in Subbiya on the northernmost tip of Kuwait Bay hard by the Iraqi border, will be home to 750,000 people when completed in 2030, Kuhne, a renowned international architect, said.

The City of Silk will be linked to the capital Kuwait City by a 26-kilometre (16-mile) causeway, greatly reducing the current road distance of some 120 kilometres (75 miles).

Two artificial islands will be built alongside the causeway.

Built on an area of 200 square kilometres (78 square miles), the city will consist of four major zones -- a city of commerce, a city of leisure and recreation, a city of ecology and a city of diplomacy and education, Kuhne said.

The commerce city will sit in the middle of a canal system and aims to boost Kuwait's efforts to become a regional trade and financial centre, he said.

At the centre of the commerce city, a 1,001-metre (3,284 foot) tower will be built. Its height is a reference to the classic work of Arabic literature, The One Thousand and One Nights.

Three blades that will be built near the top of the tower, will carry a mosque, a church and a synagogue to signify the unity of the three monotheistic religions, Kuhne said.

The leisure city will house an international-standard Olympic village while the education and diplomacy city will house several universities and is also expected to be home to a number of foreign missions, he said.

Kuhne said the project has been approved in principle and that work is under way to secure passage of the necessary legislation for the city to be treated as a free trade zone.

He said he expected to secure the necessary approvals for construction to start by the end of the year.

Kuwait, which sits on 10 percent of global crude reserves, has been vying to restore its position as the most developed country in the Gulf, buoyed by windfall revenues from high oil prices that have increased its foreign assets to 213 billion dollars.

The government plans to transform the emirate into a major regional financial and trade hub and the "City of Silk" project is being closely followed and encouraged by Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

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