Yemen is in talks with a Dubai-based company to build a 14-km (8.7 miles)
bridge across the Red Sea to the Horn of Africa country of Djibouti, a Yemeni
official said on Tuesday.
A UAE newspaper
said the project, estimated to cost $1 billion, could be launched within two
months, though it was not immediately clear when it would be completed.
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company and the government are still in negotiations, » a senior Yemeni
government official told Reuters.
« This project, if implemented, will be a main gate between Africa and
Asia. It is crucial for trade and tourism. »
UAE newspaper al-Bayan cited unnamed officials on Tuesday as saying that Dubai-based
Middle East Development Company was discussing the bridge project with both
Djibouti and Yemen, an Arab country on the southwestern edge of the Arabian
It said the project would span Yemen’s Red Sea island of Perim across the
strait of Bab al-Mandib to Djibouti.
As well as a motorway to carry cars and trucks, the bridge will include a
railway track which will be used to transport goods imported from Russia,
India and China to Africa, it said.-Reuters.