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Gulf Business: Saudi-Egypt causeway to enable 30 minute cross border travel

Plans for the crossing were revived during King Salman's visit to Egypt in April.
31.05.16 | Interesting article at Gulf Business

A proposed causeway between Saudi Arabia and Egypt will cut travel times between the two countries to 30 minutes, the engineer responsible for the blueprints was quoted as saying.

Plans for the project were first mooted in 1988 before being revived during Saudi ruler King Salman’s visit to Egypt in April.

Local publication Saudi Gazette cited former Egyptian minister of transport Ibrahim Al-Dimairi, who was the mastermind of the project, for the crossing time.

He was quoted saying the causeway could be “easily” implemented in three years at a cost of $3-4bn and would pay for itself within 10 years.

Explaining the plans, Dimairi said the link would begin from the north of Ras Nasrani, close to Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, to reach the eastern shores of Ras Sheikh Hammad north of Dhiba port in Saudi Arabia. This route would see it pass over disputed Tiran Island, which Egypt agreed to hand over to Saudi Arabia during King Salman’s visit to some controversy at home.