KUWAIT: The Cabinet has approved on Monday the Fourth Kuwait Master Plan 2040 that would see the country divided into four main regions with a total population exceeding 7,250,000. The plan reflects the country's vision and development goals in urban, economic, social, and environmental policies in parallel with future population growth, Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Minister of State for Communication Affairs Fahad Al-Shuala said.

The Fourth Master Plan includes four regions: Kuwait's urban region, the norther economic region, the third southern industrial region, and the fourth western region. The first region will have a population of around 6,123,500 million people by 2040 with 2,968,200 employment opportunities. The northern international region will have a population of around 519,000 people with employment opportunities for 171,800 people. The southern region will have the population of 486,000 with 157,000 chances for employment. The western resources region will have around a population of 126,000 with 180,000 jobs available.

The master plan focuses on the usage of land for private housing, investments as well as commercial and industrial purposes, the minister said. He indicated that the expansion in such parameters also required balanced infrastructure and public utilities that would reflect the needs in 2040.