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Work underway on Kenya's KES2.3tn mega mixed-use development

Lamu Island on the north coast of Kenya is about to undergo a drastic transformation with a KES2.3tn (US$25bn, €19.9bn, £15.6bn) mixed-use development planned to include the largest container port on the East African seaboard, complete with a “Las Vegas-style city” and an international airport.

The development – the largest infrastructure project in the history of East Africa – will include roads, railways, and oil pipelines from Lamu across northern Kenya to Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Uganda. The purpose of the development is to keep up with the population and economic boom in the region, while supporting a predicted tourist influx. The government is predicting more than one million people – the majority being Kenyan – will migrate to the new area over the next 20 years.

The planned Lamu Convention Centre

The proposed port city in Lamu will be one of three resort cities – along with others in Isiolo and Turkana – with a view to creating a new “tourism corridor” for international visitors. The KES86.9bn (US$970m, €776m, £690.8m) Lamu resort city development will include core facilities and activities such as watersports, a country club, convention centre, cultural centre and other leisure facilities. Nearby “eco-villages” are in the works, while a fisherman’s wharf and casino are also planned.

To be established under a public private partnership at a cost of KES18.9bn (US$210m, €168m, £132m), Isiolo will operate as the “culture core of Kenya”, with nature safari lands, archaeological sites and eco-villages planned over 10.1sq m (26.3sq km). The site is located at Kipsing Gap, 20 kilometres west of the nearby Isiolo town.

The KES3.7bn (US$42m, €33.6m, £26.4m) Lake Turkana development will see a wellness city rise up, with core facilities including various health offerings centred around a hot springs with alkaline waters said to aid skin problems, while archeology tours and trekking will also be on offer.

Lake Turkana will be centred around a wellness-themed offering

The Lamu development has come up against opposition though, as part of the plans call for the destruction of coral reefs and mangrove forests to allow development of the port and city. As a result, tourism related to those fragile ecosystems will see a sharp decline, while UNESCO has recently warned that Lamu could lose its current World Heritage status if developers are not careful.

Lamu Island on the north coast of Kenya is about to undergo a drastic transformation with a KES2.3tn (US$25bn, €19.9bn, £15.6bn) mixed-use development planned to include the largest container port on the East African seaboard, complete with a “Las Vegas-style city” and an international airport. The development – the largest infrastructure project in the history of East Africa – will include roads, railways, and oil pipelines from Lamu across northern
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The KES86.9bn Lamu resort city development is part of the larger KES2.3tn infrastructure plan / Lapsset
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