Qatar & Bahrain Revive ‘Friendship Bridge’ Project That Will Cut Travel Time To 30 Minutes


In a significant move to strengthen ties and improve connectivity among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Qatar and Bahrain have reignited plans for the long-awaited “Friendship Bridge” project.

First announced in 2008, the project aims to facilitate trade and travel between the two nations, reducing travel time from five hours to just 30 minutes.

The “Friendship Bridge” project faced setbacks in 2017 when Bahrain, along with other countries, severed ties with Qatar. However, with the signing of the Al-Ula Declaration in 2021 and subsequent efforts to restore diplomatic relations, including high-level phone calls and meetings between leaders, relations between Qatar and Bahrain have gradually improved.

Last November, during a meeting between Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Bahrain’s Crown Prince, discussions on the causeway project were reignited, signaling a renewed commitment to enhancing connectivity between the two nations.

As plans for the “Friendship Bridge” project are revitalized, Qatar and Bahrain are poised to strengthen their economic and social ties, fostering greater cooperation and integration within the GCC region.


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