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#1 stewsmith

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:42 AM

It appears that the new Egyptian government has now given the go ahead to start construction of a land sea bridge that will go from Sharm to Saudi. The plan is to use the island if Tiran as a stepping stone. I hope that the beautiful reefs don't have to suffer because of this.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:21 PM

If the bridge has a toll fee, as it probably will, it (Egypt / Saudi) will do well out of the '000s of north African prigrims wishing to do Hajj. However the span across the straights will be a feat of engineering, not least to enable the access of very large vessels to the Gulf.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:35 AM

If built, you can kiss goodbye to the reefs in the Strait of Tiran: they're obvious sites to place supporting pylons.

I see from the link that environmental concerns are widely held to be Westerners expressing anti-Islamic prejudice.

I'm starting to think that I shall never go back to the Red Sea...

... although I'm not sure if that's because I won't be welcome, or because it won't be worth visiting.

Edited by tdpriest, 31 January 2013 - 09:40 AM.


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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:49 AM

I wouldn't worry too much about it, there are far more strategic projects in Saudi which are way behind.