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Qatar-Bahrain $4 Billion Causeway Hit By Delays Over Cost

An ambitious $4 billion plan to build the world's longest marine causeway linking Qatar and Bahrain faces delays due to protracted negotiations over its cost and design. Work on the causeway was originally slated to finish in 2015 and cost around $4 billion. The project is jointly funded by the Qatari and Bahraini governments. The structure will connect the West coast of gas-rich Qatar with the East coast of the tiny Persian Gulf archipelago of Bahrain and eventually form part of the planned Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC, rail network. It is aimed at improving transport and trade links between the two states. Qatar and Bahrain, together with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman, form the GCC. But the project, first announced in 2001, has been dogged by spiraling cost and delays partly due to the decision two years ago to add freight and passenger rail lines.

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