Subiya New Town Master Plan

Full Master Planning Services including Town Planning, Architectural Design and Engineering

Subiya, Kuwait


Kuwait Municipality


Review and Update of Master Plan


Fees only


New town north of Kuwait City, planned for 400,000 population by 2030


Completed 2006


HOK, canada
Parsons Brinckerhoff Kuwait
MGP, Canada

Gulf Consult in association with HOK Canada and Parsons Brinckerhoff were commissioned to review and update the Master Plan for Subiya New Town, which had been previously approved by Kuwait Municipality in 1990.

In the 15 years since that initial master plan, the pressure for development in the north of Kuwait has grown substantially, particularly because of the decision to build and open a new container port on Boubyan Island, and to build a new causeway linking the new town of Subiya with Shuwaikh.

The Subiya New Town Master Plan Update presented an exciting opportunity to design the State of Kuwait’s Second City; a city that respects its environment and in its own time, will develop its own identity and culture. The city is grounded on economic and environmentally sound principles and is capable of growing and adapting to the pressures and demands of the future.

The Subiya New Town Structure Plan is organized using three main physical systems: roads and circulation, the open space system and the waterfront. Together, these form the framework by which the entire city is organized and unify a hierarchy of land use.

The project covered a complete review of all development data and standards necessary to plan for this new city, including extensive traffic modelling and testing of alternative land use scenarios. This work culminated in the production of detailed zoning plans, utility and highway plans and design criteria to guide new development.