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Various developments point to healthy economic performance in the near term for Kuwait. Chief among them are the upgrade of the country’s stock exchange, which has been approved for addition to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index; the continuing rollout of a large infrastructure programme; and the transition into higher value-added downstream...

Chapter | Real Estate from The Report: Kuwait 2019

After some years of slowing growth, Kuwait’s real estate sector saw signs of a significant revival in 2018, with sales increasing and prices stabilising. At the same time, new projects are under way, with a number of large-scale, mixed-use developments nearing completion. Better economic growth overall, fuelled by rising oil prices and a government infrastructure programme, has also created a...

Chapter | Construction from The Report: Kuwait 2019

Major infrastructure works – from roads and schools to airports and hospitals – are either under way or in the design phase in Kuwait, highlighting the significant activity seen in the construction sector in recent years as the country works towards the goals outlined in the New Kuwait 2035 development plan. Perhaps the most ambitious of these projects is the 700,000-inhabitant Silk City mega-...


The reforms that have been carried out by the authorities to develop Kuwait’s market have been recognised by the international investor community via inclusions in influential emerging market indices. This should be of considerable benefit to the market, encouraging professionalisation and driving performance.


What guides KCC’s strategy, and what are the main challenges the entity has faced?


Two major transactions were under way in Kuwait’s financial sector in mid-2019. First, KAMCO Investment Company, the investment banking subsidiary of Kuwaiti conglomerate KIPCO, was merging with Global Investment House (GIH), another local investment firm. Second, Kuwait Finance House (KFH), the country’s largest Islamic bank, was looking to...

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