Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway – Kuwait

Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway – Kuwait

SYSTRA was responsible for producing all the designs for the Subiyah Causeway in Kuwait, the world’s largest maritime causeway, on behalf of the consortium set up with Hyundai and CGCC.

The bridge which runs between Kuwait City and the district of Subiyah is officially called the Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah Causeway, but is known as the Main Link. This new 36km maritime causeway will substantially reduce journey times for Kuwaitis, as the coastal road is a 135 km journey.

Construction work on the causeway includes the creation of two artificial islands, two marinas as well as motorway interchanges and a visitor centre with panoramic views over the port of Shuwaikh. The road will comprise 2x3 lanes in each direction and will be extended via a second 8km bridge known as the Doha Link. The two together span a total distance of 44.5 km.

Over 250 staff from SYSTRA’s offices in France, Korea and India worked on the design of this maritime causeway, which is due for commissioning in 2018.


In its capacity as design consultant, SYSTRA was tasked with designing the entire Subiyah Causeway, and produced a total of 14 650 plans. Its teams chose to use single-pile foundations and to build the deck, span by span.

The causeway will comprise:

  • 1215 bored piles
  • 613 steel stacks
  • 1200 pillars
  • 1211 pre-cast and cast-in-place concrete beams.
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