Mubasher: Kuwait has reportedly started works on the first phase of the railway that would connect it to the rest of the Gulf region.
The first phase of the 111km project cost $3 billion and entails linking Kuwait’s Nuwaiseb to the Saudi border, Al Anba newspaper reported, noting that another phase involves a 153km line that connects Kuwait City to Boubyan Port.
The whole project comprises 2,100 km of rail and connects all six GCC members. The railway project has already faced several technical and bureaucratic obstacles, added to tight budgets after the fall in oil prices since mid-2016.
Even though oil prices have recovered somewhat since then, they remain below the $100 per barrel figures seen two years ago.
According to the newspaper, Bahrain said it would not connect its network to Saudi Arabia until at least 2023