We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. With China seen by Iran and Saudi as ‘neutral,’ a new port city in Kuwait holds promise for economic integration Since its opening in early May, the 36-kilometer, US$3.6 billion Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Causeway has linked Kuwait’s capital directly to its northern territories – cutting a three-hour car journey to only 30 minutes. However, venturing out over the blue waters of Kuwait Bay, the causeway does far more than provide a quick escape from the capital. It also forms an elegant link to one of the world’s key geographies – the narrow northern end of the Gulf, where Kuwait, Iraq and Iran rub shoulders around the strategic Shatt-Al-Arab waterway. On the southern shore of this maritime lifeline, Kuwait also now plans a future megalopolis – a $100 billion project known as Silk City. The new development is set not only to transform the oil-rich country, but also to hardwire Kuwait into the regional architecture of a rising global power: China. The new transport, logistics and financial hub in the northern Gulf is set to ...