Kuwait’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said in their announcement that the smart city would be constructed by a group of both private and public sector South Korean builders led by Hyundai Architects and Engineers Associates Co. and POSCO A&C, and if all planning schematics are approved on time, construction would begin in 2019.
The prospective city, which has been named South Saad Al-Abdullah, will be 15,913 acres in size and will provide accommodations for between 25,000 — 40,000 families.
"It is the first export of the 'smart city' project which has been strongly pushed by the ministry," the Kuwait government said in a statement, referring to an initiative to replicate the South Korean city of Bundang.
“This will be the first case of exporting a Korean version of a smart city abroad,” Kim Seok-ki, a director for South Korea’s Transport Ministry, said. “The economically active population in the Middle East is growing a lot faster than the other regions in the world and we expect that the demand for the new cities will remain high in the region. Korean companies will be able to take more major roles in city planning projects in the Middle East further from now on.”
According to government officials, Kuwait is currently working on the planning of nine new cities inside the oil rich nation, and South Saad Al-Abdulla will serve as the nations template.
Earlier in 2017, the Kuwaiti government announced “Kuwait 2035”, which is a set of measures to boost their economy over the next 20 years through reducing dependence on oil revenue and building the country as a hub for finance, trade and tourism in the region.
According to the Smart Cities Council (SCC), an industry coalition formed to accelerate the transition to UN Agenda 2030 approved ‘Next Society’ cities, a smart city is defined as a city which has digital technology embedded across all city functions.
SCC staff and their telecommunications industry sponsors such as Oracle, QualComm, and AT&T, were in attendance at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain to further the move toward a 5G powered, Internet-of-Things (IoT) integrated, ubiquitously connected, AI controlled, Global Brain.
TRUNEWS host Rick Wiles discusses the Global Brain, UN Agenda 2030, and the globalist plan for ‘Next Society’ smart cities on the March 16th and 17th editions of the program.
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