The bridge will be called "King Salman bin Abdel Aziz Bridge". The entire project is expected to cost about 4 billion US dollars and will be financed by Saudi Arabia. The causeway would link Tabuk to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula and would pass through Tiran Island at the entrance of the Gulf of Aqaba. Funding for the causeway was announced from the Saudi Binladin Group, which will work the Egyptian government-run firm Arab Contractors.
The proposed construction projects aim to create closer links between the two nations and have the potential to create plenty of jobs on both sides. This is part of a greater plan by the Egyptian government that intends to repopulate the Sinai peninsula. It will also provide an alternative Hajj route, and is expected to serve a million passengers and pilgrims annually.
Concerns have been raised about environment effects, and by neighbors regarding security. The extra traffic and additional development could cause a further decline of the threatened Red Sea dugong population and damage to coral reefs and fisheries. One such organization, Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) is fine with the bridge project moving forward, as long as an environmental survey is performed and the reefs are not harmed by the construction. Article V of the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt provides for the right of freedom of navigation through the Strait of Tiran.
The project was suspended in 2005 by the Hosni Mubarak government, due to security concerns voiced by Israel. Prior to its loss of power, the Mohamed Morsi administration was reported to be interested in finalizing plans for the project in 2012 and 2013.
In April 2016, on a rare visit to Egypt, King Salman of Saudi Arabia announced with Egypt's President El-Sisi an agreement to build a bridge between the two countries. The announcement followed Egypt and Saudi Arabia signing an agreement on maritime border demarcation and marking the islands of Tiran and Sanafir within Saudi regional waters. Israel announced that it does not object to the island transfer.
- Transport in Saudi Arabia
- Transport in Egypt
- Bridge of the Horns - on hold, projected cost about $10b.
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