The economic and cultural core of many cities around the world is typically close to its geographical centre. Whilst this was a sensible urban form during the first few waves of urbanisation, it is also associated with various issues stemming from the high built density and concentration of services, including traffic congestion, high land and development prices, and stretched infrastructure. This article explores the notion that Kuwait City may benefit from the development of new urban centres. Firstly, multiple candidate locations were identified via a public survey. Then, the availability of services and amenities in each location, as well as the population coverage were modelled. Finally, using a set of three criteria each location was assigned with a score in order to identify the optimal candidates for the new urban centres. The modelling process relied heavily on spatial optimisation algorithms, such as the location-allocation method in GIS. It was concluded that the three most optimal locations for urban centres were in Khaitan, Jahra and Eqaila. These three centres, if developed, would be sufficient to cover demand for services and alleviate pressure from the centre of Kuwait.

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