Saudi Arabia may construct bridge over route to Egypt
The 7-9km bridge is expected to pass through Egypt's famous Sharm El-Sheikh city
Saudi Arabia is reportedly considering the construction of a causeway linking the kingdom with Egypt, a regional news outlet has reported.
According to reports by Middle East Monitor, Nabil Al-Amoudi, Egypt’s transport minister, told the Saudi Press Agency: “King Salman Bridge will allow the passage of vehicles, and freight, and passenger trains.”
The bridge will reportedly link the kingdom’s north-western Red Sea coastal city of Tabuk with the Sinai Peninsula, passing through Egypt’s famous tourist city, Sharm El-Sheikh.
The road will reportedly measure between 7-9km, and is planned to achieve $200bn of trade revenues per year.
The project was first announced by HH King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Egyptian-Saudi Summit in April 2016, during a five-day visit to Egypt. It is believed to be part of the Egyptian government’s intention to repopulate the Sinai Peninsula, also providing an important alternative Hajj route.
Causeway megaprojects are gaining traction in Saudi Arabia. Construction of the $3bn (BHD1.1bn; SAR11,2bn) and $4bn (BHD1.5bn; SAR15bn) King Hamad Causeway, connecting Saudi and Bahrain, will start in 2021, according to media reports in September 2018.
Running parallel to the King Fahd Causeway, which continues to face traffic congestion challenges, the new route will provide another transport link between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Both countries expect the network to support bilateral trade in goods and services.
Earlier this month saw the King Fahd Causeway Authority (KFCA) open up bidding to transaction advisory services consultants, who will be required to implement the transition phase of the project. The move came weeks after Saudi and Bahrain government officials announced the consultancy services tender would be issued imminently.