Monday, August 16, 2010

The Qatar Bahrain Causeway

The Qatar Bahrain Causeway (also referred to as the Qatar Bahrain Friendship Bridge) is a causeway that is to be built between the two Arab states of Qatar and Bahrain. It was announced on the 13th of December 2008 that construction would start in early 2009 and would cost approximately US$2.3 billion to complete. As of June 2010, construction has yet to start, and the Qatar-Bahrain Causeway project is now on hold and the contracting consortium involved with the project is demobilising, according to a source at the Qatar Bahrain Causeway Foundation (QBCF).


The link between the two countries would be approximately 40 km (25 mi) in length, and would be a dual two-lane road. The link is expected to consist of a number of bridges combined with roads constructed on causeways and will be a natural extension of the King Fahd Causeway that connects Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, thus linking the entire region. These links include 18 km (11 mi) of artificial dikes and 22 km (14 mi) of viaducts and bridges. These bridges would be 40 m (131 ft) in height at places to allow maritime navigation. The eastern-end of the causeway in Qatar will be located at Ras Ashairij, 5 km (3 mi) South of the city of Zubarah. The opposite end of the causeway would link North of Askar in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Plans for its construction were first made in September 2001, when the Danish consultancy COWI signed a DKK 60 million contract for the first phase of the project with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture in Qatar[3]. Together with Sund & Bælt Partner Ltd., DHI Water & Environment and the architects of Dissing Weitling and COWI conducted pre-studies of the link.

As Enrique Iglesias would say it, "Baby I like it"...

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