The starting point is a $4.4 billion construction contract for a much needed airport terminal. This marks a milestone for Kuwait as the country seeks to strengthen its position in the ever competitive aviation industry within the Gulf. Once complete, the terminal should have positive spillover effects on numerous sectors, including transport, tourism, and hospitality.
Currently, Kuwait’s aviation industry is not regarded as a major competitor to the UAE and Qatar. Both Dubai and Doha have world renowned airports. And flydubai operates daily flights to Dubai from its regional hub, Shaikh Saad Al Abdallah terminal, in Kuwait.
Also, Kuwait does not enjoy a good standing in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index. It grants the 29th and 100th global rankings to the UAE and Kuwait, respectively, thereby the best and worst results within the GCC. The survey considers variables like aviation infrastructure and air travel competitiveness as well as international openness. This airport contract could well signal a new beginning for Kuwait.