Top 5 ongoing delayed bridge projects in the GCC


1. Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah Causeway Phase 2, Kuwait

The project aims to reduce traffic congestion and delays during peak hours by upgrading the current highway to a motorway standard.


This responds to both the increase in car ownership and the rapid growth in Kuwait’s population.

The design will also cater to changes in the traditional growth areas across the country, including large scale land-reclamation, landmark real estate and tourism developments.

SJAS forms part of the strategic North-South link, connecting Manama, Sitra Industrial Area, Alba Plant and the Southern Governorate.

It will also form part of the Future International Transportation Corridor with the possible Bahrain-Qatar Causeway.

2. Qatar Bahrain Causeway

The link between Qatar and Bahrain would be approximately 40 km (25 miles) in length, and support both a road and a railway.

The link was expected to consist of a number of bridges and be a natural extension of the King Fahd Causeway that connects Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, thus linking the entire region.

However, a series of events have delayed the project. The 2008 financial crisis had a toll on the mega project, causing the estimated cost of the project to rise unexpectedly.

In 2009, the initial plan to have the bridge accommodate motor vehicles was changed to include a railway as well.

Numerous re-designs to the bridge and escalating costs further delayed construction initiation from 2008 to 2011 and then to 2015, with a plan to complete the causeway shortly before the FIFA World Cup 2022 held in Qatar.

3. Doha Bay Crossing project, Qatar

The Doha Bay Crossing, popularly known as the Sharq Crossing is a proposed 12 km series of tunnels and bridges connecting Hamad International Airport, Katara Cultural Village and the Dafna/West Bay business district in Qatar.

The bridge is expected to be capable of handling 6,000 vehicles an hour and offer some relief to commuters on the Corniche.

Construction was supposed to start this year and be completed by 2021, just before the 2022 Qatar Fifa World Cup.

However, there have been reports of Qatar further delaying the project, amidst falling government revenues.

4. Masirah Causeway Bridge, Oman

The Masirah Causeway Bridge project comes from a royal directive issued by His Majesty the Sultan in June 2010 asking the government to explore the options for a sea-bridge spanning the channel separating the Sultanate’s largest island with the mainland.

In the wake of Cyclone Phet in 2008, mass evacuations took place from including Masirah Island and large parts of the east coast. Cost estimates for the project are typically upwards of $500m.

The project envisages a dual-carriage bridge structure spanning the Strait of Masirah, which has a width of between 15-25km.

It will be geared towards vehicular traffic and pedestrians although the feasibility of adding a dedicated track for a railway line is also to be explored.

5. Blue Waters bridge project, Dubai, UAE

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started work on a $129m (AED475m) project to link the mainland to a new island that is currently being constructed, the Bluwaters Island by Meraas Holding.

The 1,400 metres long and 25 metres wide bridge will include an automated personal rapid transit system or podcars.

It will also provide free traffic movement from the Island to Dubai and Abu Dhabi via the Sheikh Zayed Road.

The contract for bridges to connect the tourist-focused island with mainland Dubai has already been awarded and work has commenced.


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