Saudi says no to new Qatar-UAE bridge plan

Qatar and the UAE have plans to construct a bridge over the Khour Al Adeed waters to form a direct link.

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  July 9, 2005

Saudi Arabia has protested to neighbours Qatar and the UAE over plans to build a bridge over the Khour Al Adeed waters. Qatar and the UAE are looking to link their two states by that bridge, according to reports. Saudi Arabia has said that the bridge would pass over its territorial waters and rendered the project unacceptable. The proposed bridge is just one element in a wider disagreement between regional giant Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which is seeking to amend a 1974 border pact agreed shortly after the UAE was formed. But the UAE, it is believed, has insisted on full sovereignty over territorial waters of Khour Al Adeed. It stood firm during the bilateral talks with a high level Saudi delegation in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, according to UAE reports. It also said that the UAE wanted to make vital changes in the portion of the 1974 Border Agreement, which deals with the territorial waters of the Khour Al Adeed, where the UAE relinquished to Saudi Arabia a 25 km coastal area separating Abu Dhabi and Qatar, which is isolated and rounded by Saudi Arabian land. In the agreement the UAE also relinquished 80% of the giant Al Sheba oil field, which is referred to by the UAE side as ‘Zararah’. Oil reserves in this field are estimated at around 15 billion barrels in addition to about 650 million cubic metres of gas reserve, the report said.

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