News Brief 7/17/2011, Tammuz 15, 5771
Report: Egypt-Saudi Bridge to Span Red Sea
Egypt and Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement to build a bridge over the Red Sea, German Magazine Der Spiegel reported Sunday. The 32 kilometer bridge will enable travel between the two sides of the sea in 22 minutes. The deal is subject to various financial and environmental studies being conducted by the two countries, the report said.
The bridge is to be built across the sea at the tip of the Sinai peninsula, near Sharm el-Sheikh. The Saudis, the report said, have been advocating the project for years, but the deal was only signed recently in the wake of the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, who opposed it, as president of Egypt.