Al Noor City

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Not to be confused with the proposed city of the same name on the White Nile river.

Al Noor City comprises twin cities, which have not yet been constructed, as part of a mega project to link Asia and Africa by building a transcontinental bridge over the Red Sea.[1] The total investment is expected to reach 200 billion US dollars[1] over a 15-year period.

A key part of the plan is to connect the two cities with a bridge named the Bridge of the Horns, spanning the southern mouth of the Red Sea. The two planned cities are expected to be built on each end of the Bridge of the Horns. One Al-Noor city is planned to be built in Yemen on an area of 1,500 square kilometres (580 sq mi); the linking city is planned to be built in Djibouti on 1,000 square kilometres (390 sq mi).[1] The twin cities will run on renewable energy. On the Djibouti side, President Ismael Omar Guelleh has granted 500 km2 (190 sq mi) to build Noor City, the first of the hundreds of Cities of Light the Saudi Binladen Group envisions building. The developers state that they expect Noor City to have 2.5 million residents by 2025, and the Yemeni twin city to have 4.5 million, while they envision a new airport serving both cities at a capacity of 100 million passengers annually. A new highway connecting the cities to Dubai is proposed, though there are no plans for roads to connect sparsely populated Djibouti with the population centers of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia or Khartoum in Sudan. The plan is extremely expensive and ambitious, and is sited in a relatively undeveloped area with sparse resources; according to The Economist, "Africans may wonder why the hub is not being built in a bit of Africa where more Africans live and which has food and water."[2]


  • July 2009 - Construction of the bridge claimed to have begun [3]
  • June 2010 - Phase I of Yemen and Djibouti Causeway delayed [4]
  • 2020 - Planned end of bridge construction [5]

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