The 2035 Vision
What are the actual steps towards building the Silk City? When will the islands be developed? What facilities are used to encourage foreign investors? When will Mubarak Port open? Nobody knows. We just have to mention a very distant year such as 2035 and sell illusions to people without any actual work being done. The idea of the Silk City and making use of the Kuwaiti islands and developing them into new non-oil sources of investment, is once more revived. It is an old topic occasionally brought up without having actual steps taken to achieve it.
There is no need to go into much detail of what the government and state officials say about the project using ‘canned’ phrases that had been used for decades such as: ‘We will connect the East and the West’, ‘ a delegation from a major country will visit Kuwait soon to set strategies’, ‘we will provide endless job opportunities’, ‘the development process will include A,B and C phases’, ‘foreign investors will play a vital role’ and so many other stereotype statements that are, sometimes accompanied by a visualized presentation like what happened two years ago when the supreme planning council met with His Highness the Amir on TV.
However, zero percent of that project has been actually executed. Those phrases and statements are no more meaningful or even able to create the least amount of optimism because people can no more be convinced with illusions while they can see the progress made by the neighboring countries and can be felt on each and every visit. Only five years from now, Qatar will host the world’s prime football championship and has already started opening special fully air-conditioned stadiums. Dubai has become an international tourist destination with a very busy airport while we are still singing the same tunes of the Silk City and developing the islands about which I wrote with so much optimism in 2007, when I used to believe what I heard.
In real life, the Jaber Causeway connecting Kuwait City to Subbiya tells the entire story because it is scheduled to be finished by the end of next year while nothing so far is built there. This means that when the bridge will open and people will be able to reach Subbiya in 20 minutes, they will have nothing to see there but an empty desert and then come back. The same applies for the so-called Jaber Hospital where constructions concluded years ago while MOH is still incapable of opening it. If the government is serious, a clear schedule should be set to make such dreams come true. —Translated by Kuwait Times