Saudi Arabia is going to build the Salwa Canal that will separate Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
According to Saudi Makkah newspaper, bidding for the construction projects will end on June 25 and the winner of the tender will be announced no later than 90 days after the deadline. The construction is epxected to be completed in one year. The project is expected to cost $750 million.
If the water canal is constructed, it will ultimately make Qatar an island nation.
“Saudi authorities are reportedly considering digging a channel 60 kilometers (37.5 miles) in length and 200 meters wide that will be 15-20 meters deep on the Saudi part of the Salwa Island to create a container base for nuclear waste from its yet-to-be-built reactors.
A 1-kilometer stretch of land north of the channel, bordering Qatar, would become a “military zone,” permanently ending land trade between the two Gulf countries and tightening the blockade,” Daily Sabah says.
In June 2017, a deep diplomatic crisis erupted between Qatar and the Saudi-led bloc. Saudi Arabia and some of its allies accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and cooperating with Iran. Thus, they justified the implementation of anti-Qatari sanctions, imposing a blockade on the country.