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During the first decade of the twenty-first century, Kuwait observed its neighboring Gulf cities enjoy rapid progress as well as the world’s attention. The cities replete with oil reserves, and those making do without, designed and constructed mega projects to produce infrastructure and job opportunities, not only for their current population but also for future generations. Each city promoted itself among its counterparts as a global city. Kuwait, on the other hand, has not found a way to distinguish itself like its regional neighbors. While it currently attempts to promote itself as some kind of financial and commercial center, other cities are already exploiting their global reputation and large market shares long before Kuwait ever begun. When its history of urban planning was an example for more than just the Gulf region, why does Kuwait now find itself lagging behind its Gulf neighbors? What were the circumstances that affected its progress and development during the last quarter of the twentieth century that let the 1970s 'Jewel of the Gulf' lose its luster? How is Kuwait struggling to regain its status and what are the prospects and hurdles that lie ahead?