Several years ago, a plan was announced to build a bridge linking Saudi Arabia and Egypt, crossing the northern portion of the Red Sea. The plan was ridiculed, but it didn’t die. Arab News reports that the naming of the planned bridge has been settled between the two countries. Now all that’s left to do is actually build it.
The plan is not as audacious as it may seem, though. When built, it would only be the fifth longest bridge in the world. It would be less than half the length of the current longest, the Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, a high-speed railroad viaduct connecting Shanghai and Nanjing in China.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt have renewed an agreement on constructing a causeway between Tabuk and Egypt through Aqaba Bay at an initial cost of $3 billion, Al-Watan newspaper reported yesterday, quoting an official source at the Saudi Ministry of Transport.
Both sides agreed to name the new project, which will extend 50 km over the Red Sea waters, “King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Causeway.”
Meanwhile, officials of the transport ministries of both countries plan to conduct talks during the next few weeks to work out guidelines and technical details of the project, scheduled to begin in the middle of 2013, the source said.
The project will facilitate flow of trade, tourists, and Egyptian manpower to and from the Gulf region, particularly during Haj and Umrah seasons. The causeway will also save time and effort, as it will take about 20 minutes to cross the causeway, linking North African countries with the Gulf countries, Syria, Iraq, and Jordan, the source pointed out.