Transport in the Arab League

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Transport in the Arab League is considered fairly undeveloped. Transport infrastructure in the states of the Arab League has been growing slowly.


Regional highways[edit]

Highways and Roads in the States of the Arab League

There are several cross-Arab State roads, crossing the Arab world from its farthest point in the west in Mauritania, to its eastern farthest point in Oman. The Arab States are connected with roads and highways that cross deserts, mountains and forests. The most developed state with high road infrastructure is the United Arab Emirates, followed by Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan and Egypt, while countries such as Sudan, Libya, Mauritania, Somalia and Yemen seem to have a lot of building to do.


Rail Lines in the Arab League

Egypt has by far the oldest railroad in the Middle east and Africa and one of the oldest in the world, built in 1854 by Khedive Abbas I of Egypt. Now Egypt has the most extensive railway system in the Middle East, and is the only country in the Arab League to have an underground metro system in Cairo.

The Souk Ahras - Ghardimaou line already connect Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia with each other, but Morocco and Algeria have closed the line due to increased tensions. while Libya, Egypt and Sudan are not connected to each other. In the Asian part, almost all Arab states have been connected by railroads, except the Gulf States.

Perhaps the most developed railways connecting Arab states can be found between Iraq and Syria, with the Iraqi Republic Railways which run through Syria to Turkey. New projects underway to develop the Arab rail lines have been under construction, linking the south Egyptian city of Abu Simbel with the north Sudanese city of Wadi Halfa.

Proposed Railways[edit]

  • In October 2007 French company Alstom announced it would supply 18 TGV Duplex trains to the Office National des Chemins de Fer du Maroc (ONCF) in 2008. The trains will run at 320 km/h between Tangier, Rabat and Casablanca



Ports and harbors[edit]

Atlantic Ocean[edit]


Jacks Mum

Indian Ocean[edit]



Persian Gulf[edit]




 Saudi Arabia



 United Arab Emirates

Arabian Sea[edit]



Mediterranean Sea[edit]








Red Sea[edit]




 Saudi Arabia



Merchant marine[edit]

  • bulk: 46
  • cargo: 260 (120 Syria)
  • roll-on/roll-off: 46
  • container: 34
  • liquified gas: 19
  • Chemical tanker ships 22
  • petroleum tanker: 111
  • Specialized tanker ships 2
  • Combination ore/oil 2
  • Refrigerated cargo 6
  • livestock carrier: 13
  • passenger: 81
  • short-sea passenger: 9
  • Foreign Owned 25


Airports with paved runways[edit]



See also[edit]