A bridge over the Red Sea linking Saudi Arabia and the Asian and African continents is to be built, the Saudi King has said.
The announcement came during a visit of King Salman to Egypt. He said the bridge will boost trade and tourism, as well as providing employment opportunities for local people. A statement from the King described it as a “qualitative leap of great benefits”.
It’s likely the crossing would sit near Sharm el Sheikh on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and the Ras Alsheikh Hamid headland in Saudi where the distance between the two countries is around 18km.
Local reports said the plan has been in the making for several years and suggested that previous estimates put the construction cost at around £3bn.
Egypt’s president Al-Sisi has suggested naming the bridge after King Salman bin Abdulaziz.