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Saudi Arabia plans to build 1,000 km-long artificial canal

Saudi Arabia studies its ‘second renaissance’ project, which will pass through Omani and Yemeni borders

Saudi Arabia plans to build 1,000 km-long artificial canal
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Saudi Arabia plans to build a 1,000km canal linking the Arabian Gulf with the Arabian Sea aimed at transporting oil and generating electricity using nuclear power.

Dubbed ‘the project of the century’ and ‘the Kingdom’s second renaissance’, the canal should start from the Arabian Sea and will pass through Omani and Yemeni border before reaching Rub Al-Khali or the Empty Quarter in the Kingdom.

The kingdom’s ‘second renaissance’ is planned to include modern cities, including tourist centres, power generation plants, industries, and huge agricultural projects established in green houses, along the new canal.

The project of building a 1,000 km-long artificial canal was first  proposed seven years ago. It is currently being studied by the Saudi Electricity Company.

“The project also aims at transforming the Kingdom into an exporter of products instead of its present position as a consumer country,” Al-Hakeem told local media.

Saudi Arabia will play a pioneering role in peaceful use of nuclear energy, he said.

He added that the project could be implemented in other countries.