Kuwait City – The Kuwait Motor Town racing circuit has opened officially in the area of Orafjan.
The Amir of Kuwait Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah patronised the opening ceremony. The new landmark open track is considered as one of the largest motor towns in the world.
The auto sports development is centred around a racetrack circuit which will be able to host Formula 1 event.
Asphalt subcontractor Arizona National Company executed the Formula 1 racetrack for Kuwait Motor Town, deploying advanced machine control technologies in partnership with Trimble that represent novel territory for both Kuwait and Formula 1.
Germany’s Tilke Engineers and Architects, a leading specialist in racetracks responsible for numerous Formula 1 projects worldwide, oversaw Arizona’s adherence to the project’s specifications.
A documentary film highlighting different stages of the colossal multiphase project was shown as part of the opening ceremony.
The world-class $162.27 million Motor Town which features seven racing circuits which will enable the country to host Formula One and MotoGP races in the future.
Under a KD49-million ($162.27 million) contract awarded by the Amiri Diwan, local developer Bayan National Trading Company will design and build the Motor Town south of Kuwait City, in Orafjan, adjacent to Wafra Road, according to a Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) report.
The contract included also the construction of a pit building and a media centre. A hotel and a shopping mall are expected to be built in the next phase of development.
Motor Town has been designed by Germany’s Tilke, which holds credit for a number of popular F1 tracks including Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
According to Tilke, Motor Town will position itself as a new destination with a unique FIA Grade One circuit as the nucleus of the state-of-the-art facility with a fully integrated portfolio of entertainment assets that will attract a wide spectrum of people.