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More man-made islands to take place in GCC


July 1, 2013 4:15 by

Two artificial islands are planned for Saudi Arabia. Situated off the coast near Bahraini border, the islands are planned to facilitate commuting between the two Gulf states.

According to the kingdom’s government, traffic between the two states has seen a quadruple increase. Prince Saud bin Naif, the Eastern Province Governor, didn’t give reporters a time frame of the project, but said both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are working together to see the project’s completion in the near future.

The Saudi Arabian authorities stated that the project will be over 600,000 square metres each and will accommodate up to 4,000 small vehicles per hour in each direction. Inspection yards will accommodate 400 trucks and a waiting area for trucks with a capacity another 400.

The UAE is home to a number of manmade island developments, including the palm-shaped islands – The Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Jebel Ali and the yet-to-be completed Palm Deira – as well as The World project, which is a series of islands in the shape of the globe.

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