Located in the north-east of the Arabian Gulf, it is the largest island in area (863 square kilometres) and is linked to the mainland by a metal concrete bridge. Kuwait’s cabinet recently approved a project to build a seaport on the island of Bubyan, near the Iraqi border, as part of efforts to expand its economy. The port on the country’s largest island would “enhance the role of Kuwait’s ports in international transportation” and satisfy the needs of economic openness. Kuwait whose economy is dominated by oil revenues, hopes to become a commercial and financial centre in the region. Kuwait has four major ports on its gulf coast. Bubyan would be the first port on an island.