Saudi Arabia has plans to turn Qatar into island and build canal along the border, according to a report published on April 10, 2018.
Saudi Arabia has been put on trial, as they tried to cut off Qatar from international trade and has plans to create a new military base and a site close to its border for nuclear-waste burial. The capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh wants to build an island and build a waterway along the border of Qatar.
Qatar is facing a severe crisis since June, after neighboring countries cut off diplomatic, trade and travel ties with it and imposed a land, air and sea blockade. Qatar is accused of funding Islamist terrorism and supporting extremists by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain. Al-Araby news website owned by Qatar said, “The canal project would appear to be an attempt to further tighten the blockade on Qatar and attempt to take trade away from the emirate.”
Reports that talk about the scheme was published in two of the state-linked Saudi newspapers. It was claimed that the scheme would transform the plot into an economic hub many ports lining the waterway. The new canal is under the authority of Riyadh and the canal will be 37 miles long and 210 yards wide, allowing ships to navigate it. The military base, according to the news reports, will be built on a 1km stretch of land. They have planned to convert the rest of the land into a waste dump. Moreover, the project includes new hotel resorts with private beaches that would be financed by the private sector and Saudi and United Arab Emirates investors. An approval for the proposal has not been received officially and is expected to face many hurdles before it gets approved.