Sunday, January 04, 2009

Bahrain and Qatar "Friendship Causeway"

The “Friendship Causeway” —a long dreamed-of 24-mile, double-lane bridge between the two Gulf nations—received a major kickstart recently with the announcement that a new company will form to raise money for and build the project, expected to cost US$2.7 billion.

The causeway, it’s hoped, will spark a new era of cooperation and friendship through improved economic activity and increased tourism between Bahrain and Qatar. Feasibility studies are complete and approved with construction expected to last five years. The causeway will commence near Manama and make its way along Bahrain’s eastern coast out over Gulf waters and ending at Ras Ashiraj, Qatar. When finished, it will be the longest fixed link causeway in the world.

The Friendship Causeway is part of a broad initiative of infrastructure improvements being planned and commissioned by the Bahraini government to solidify the Kingdom’s place as “Gateway to the Gulf.”
“U.S and other international businesses operating from Bahrain will benefit greatly from projects like the Friendship Causeway that provide modern access to regional markets. Bahrain will continue to lead the GCC in infrastructure developments that make our nation more attractive to business and tourist alike,” added Ambassador Belooshi.

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