By Andy Sambidge
Huge project linking Qatar and Bahrain will take more than four years to complete.
Work is set to start in January on the world's longest bridge which will link Bahrain and Qatar.
The huge project, which is expected to take more than four years to build, is due for completion in 2013.
Ahmed Hassan Al-Hammadi, chairman of Qatar-Bahrain Causeway Foundation, said that the bridge will be one of the most important urban projects in the region in comments made in a lecture in Abu Dhabi, news agency WAM reported.
He indicated that the bridge will constitute a "quantum leap in strengthening economic development and social ties" between the two countries in particular, and the GCC states in general.
"Geological and maritime surveys have already started, and the implementation stage will begin in January," he added.
The state-run Bahrain Centre for Studies and Research is also carrying out a study to examine the current and future challenges the residents could face because of the construction work and possible traffic restrictions after the opening of the causeway.