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Bridge collapse causes paralysis on Cairo-Alexandria road

Bridge collapse causes paralysis on Cairo-Alexandria road | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
The dawn collapse of the Berket al-Sab al-Gadeed Bridge in Monufiya Thursday blocked traffic for tens of kilometers along the Cairo-Alexandria Agricultural Road.

Security forces on the scene found a large portion of the bridge had collapsed, with the remaining structure also deemed unsafe.  More on: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/bridge-collapse-causes-paralysis-cairo-alexandria-road
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Egypt-Saudi bridge: Is the government sacrificing natural resources for short-term gains?

Egypt-Saudi bridge: Is the government sacrificing natural resources for short-term gains? | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Despite earlier cautions by environmentalists to conduct proper scientific studies before commencing building, plans for the King Abdullah Bridge, which would link Egypt and Saudi Arabia, are moving forward.

Last week, in response to calls by President Mohamed Morsy, the Saudi Binladin Group announced it was willing to fund the US$3 billion project in cooperation with Egypt’s state-owned Arab Contractors.

The project, which has been in discussion since 1988, is being hailed by Morsy as an opportunity to bolster the region’s economies through increased trade. But the environmental, social and economic impacts, if not accounted for beforehand, will be much more costly in the long term.

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The 32-kilometer causeway would link Sharm el-Sheikh with Ras Hamid, near Tabuk, in Saudi Arabia, passing through the ecologically significant Straits of Tiran.

Abby Stevens, a graduate student affiliated with the Red Sea Environmental Center in Dahab, says it is unknown whether an Environmental Impact Assessment was ever carried out, because such details are kept very private in Egypt.

“The lack of transparency in Egypt makes it very difficult to track down proper evidence,” Stevens adds.

 

More : http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-saudi-bridge-government-sacrificing-natural-resources-short-term-gains

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Saudi BinLadin Group propose 3 milliards $ pour construire un pont entre l’Egypte à l’Arabie Saoudite

Saudi BinLadin Group propose 3 milliards $ pour construire un pont entre l’Egypte à l’Arabie Saoudite | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

(Agence Ecofin) - En partenariat avec la société Arab Contractors, Saudi BinLadin Group (SBG) a propose au président Mohamed Morsi de mobiliser des fonds devant permettre de financer le développement, la construction et l’exploitation du pont de 32 km sur la mer rouge devant relier la ville égyptienne de Ras Nassrani à la ville de Tabuk située au nord de l’Arabie saoudite en passant par l’ile de Tiran.

Ce pont évalué entre 3 à 5 milliards $ est censé redynamiser davantage l’économie de la région en fluidifiant la circulation des personnes et des biens.

Pour faire aboutir ce projet unificateur Arab Contractors et SBG demande simplement au président Morsi et au souverain Abdallah Al Saoud de soutenir « politiquement » cette initiative.

Crée en 1931, SBG est devenu l’une des plus puissante entreprise de BTP en Arabie Saoudite en participant, dès la création du royaume wahhabite, à la réalisation de chantiers d’infrastructure structurant. Elle dispose d’un track record international dont la réalisation de l’aéroport de Kuala Lumpur (Malaisie), l’aéroport international Blaise Diagne (Sénégal), Sharjah International Airport (Emirats Arabes unies), King Saud University (Arabie Saoudite), l’extension de la mosquée de la Mecque (Arabie Saoudite)… SBG est aussi présent dans les télécoms à travers BTC Networks et détient des participations dans des sociétés internationales.

Arab Contractors est présent dans plus de 29 pays dont 18 pays africains. L’entreprise publique de BTP développe aussi d’importants chantiers au Moyen Orient dont la réalisation de plus 1 millions de logements en Irak.


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Govt signals Saudi bridge project moving forward

Govt signals Saudi bridge project moving forward | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
President Mohamed Morsy's office said Tuesday that it expects to soon begin a joint project with Saudi Arabia to build a bridge between the two countries across the Gulf of Aqaba.
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Saudi officials expressed a desire to begin implementing the project during Morsy's visit to the country early this week, presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali told reporters on Tuesday.

The King Abdullah Bridge was first proposed in the 1980s but but has since been shelved. The ambitious 50-kilometer land-sea bridge would link the resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh with the northern Saudi Arabian area of Ras Hamid and would allow travelers to cross between the two countries in 20 minutes. Experts say that it would take three years to build.

Former President Hosni Mubarak dismissed the project in 2008 without giving a reason, but state-owned newspapers reported at the time that the project would have a negative impact on the Western-style tourism industry in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Ali said the project has regained momentum because of "the mutual political will" supporting the construction.

Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said earlier this month that the bridge would have many benefits but that the technical and financial aspects of the proposal must be studied carefully. (Egypt independent).

 

 

ZAWYA.COM:

The Saudi Binladin Group ( SBG ) has responded to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's call to build a bridge between Egyptand Saudi Arabia, Egyptian state news agency MENA reported Monday.

The Yehia Binladin Group announced it was willing to fund the project in cooperation with Egyptian state-owned construction giant Arab Contractors. The group explained that the project was feasible, but would need the necessary "political will" and the approval of both the Egyptian and Saudi authorities.

President Morsi Monday morning called upon a group of Egyptian and Saudi businessmen in Riyadh to "seriously" consider funding the $3 billion project to build an Egypt-Saudi bridge, which would, he asserted, bolster the region's economies.
http://www.zawya.com/story/SBG_ready_to_fund_EgyptSaudi_bridge-ZAWYA20130123040850/

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A bridge would also assist between 50,000 to 70,000 Egyptians who go on the annual Hajj pilgrimage toMeccaand an estimated 1.2 million Egyptians working inSaudi Arabiaor in other Gulf countries.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/07/17/157995.html

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