The Bridge of the Horns is Longest bridge to link Asia and Africa


Senin, 11 Januari 2010

The Bridge of the Horns, if it really gets built, will be one of the great engineering feats of this century. The will link Yemen (Middle East) to the Island of Perim in the Red Sea and on to Djibouti (Africa) and “write a new chapter in the history of humanity”. The Red Sea is one of the busiest and most important seaways in the world and the construction as well as the service of the bridge will have to allow this heavy transit. The bridge will also allow much greater speed of transit and more cargo and people to be transported from one point to another.

It will be a 28.5 km (17.8 miles) long cable-stayed bridge. The suspension portion of the bridge will be the longest in the world. There will be six lanes of vehicle roadway and 4 rail lines, allowing 100′000 cars and 50′000 rail riders to cross the bridge every day.

Construction should begin in 2009. However, some issues concerning the tax-free metropolises (Al-Noor City) one both ends of the bridge first need to be solved. The first phase will consist of a “signature bridge” spanning from Yemen to the island. The second phase will extend the bridge to Africa.

By 2025 Noor City will have 2.5 millon people and its twin in Yemen will have 4.5 million citizens. An airport serving both cities is expected to attract 100 million passengers per year.

The bridge is part of a large project from Noor City Development Corporation (NCDC) and Middle East Development, from Dubai.

Al-Noor City

Al-Noor City will be a globally integrated city that will supposedly be ”a truly humanitarian effort”

The following is from NCDC:

The project’s goal is:

* Relieving poverty
* Creating equitable standards of living
* Satisfying basic needs of its inhabitants
* Establishing sustainable political practices
* Avoiding irreversible damages to nature
* Reconciling development with regenerative capacity of natural environment

“AL-Noor City” will be unprecedented in size and sophistication, driven by a logistics infrastructure to be serviced by air, sea, rail, road and communications. The city is to provide global, physical and virtual connectivity around the world, as well as optimum efficiency for these sectors/markets among them in order to integrate and create an added value nexus:

A Knowledge Hub

A campus to leverage Al cities’ high educational competence to develop the provision of knowledge,
learning and research, whilst capturing and maintaining high-caliber talent. It will include:

* Foundation centers (R&D)
* Higher education campuses
* College and vocational training facilities
* Medical and health centers and facilities
* Townships of knowledge

These facilities are overlaid within the logistics infrastructure that enables business to receive global supplies, manufacture and then export. It supports and enhances businesses competing within the global marketplace that recognize they have no choice but to respond where there is a demonstrable improvement in efficiencies and profitability. It will include:

* Seaport
* Port city
* Business center
* Industrial center
* Industrial park
* Logistic city
* Airport and aviation city

A Tourism and Leisure Center

This center will enhance Al cities’ attractiveness and draw tourists throughout the year to undeveloped parts of the Mediterranean edge. It will include:

* Resort hotels
* Maritime museum
* Entertainment
* Art city
* Institutional zone
* City center

It is also essential that the proposed program initially address the laws and policies so that appropriate legal drafting can be introduced to propose required changes to the relevant and applicable laws of the city to make the above aspirations to become a reality.

More Info

Noor City Development Corporation:
Al Noor Cities Project:

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