Africa – Arabia: Bin Laden Builds A Bridge – BBCNews

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Tarek Bin Laden’s Red Sea bridge

A company owned by Osama Bin Laden’s half-brother has proposed building a bridge across Mandab Strait on the Red Sea, to link Djibouti to Yemen.

Tarek Bin Laden Construction is negotiating with the two governments about plans for the 28.5km bridge – one of the longest in the world.

The proposed bridge would carry a six-lane motorway and a railway.

Apart from the $70bn cost, critics have pointed out that the project would be sited in an earthquake zone.

New cities would be built at either end of the bridge.

Tarek Bin Laden has spent time lobbying politicians in Djibouti and Yemen to accept his proposal to build the bridge across the Mandab Strait, from Djibouti to Yemen’s Perim Island, which is the narrowest stretch of sea between the two countries.

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More @: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7259427.stm


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