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Al-Shammari wrote in a blog post viewed by Earth News, as follows:
Iraq announced that it will create a road complex by declaring a development road through which it will transport goods, passengers and power lines from east to west and vice versa as well.
Iraq will turn into a global transit point, and thus the Chinese market will move to Europe, and the European market to Asia... as well as the Gulf, Iranian, Saudi, Indian, and Pakistani markets, and it will provide huge financial returns in addition to the desires of countries to establish factories along the line.
The Development Road Project is a qualitative transition for Iraq from a country full of problems to a regional trade center.
Iraq will realize the dream of a development road project that will link the old world and the new world.
The development road project starts from Al-Faw port in Basra and passes through ten Iraqi governorates, reaching Turkey and from there to Europe and other corridors in multiple stages that will be announced successively for the transport of goods and energy.
It starts from a specific point in the large port of Al-Faw, as the multi-modal (dual-use) development road consists of highways through which cargo trucks pass, railways for transporting goods and passengers, and energy transport corridors.
The road passes through 10 provinces, reaching the Iraqi-Turkish border, from where it will connect to the highway network in Turkey.
Through this route, Iraq will turn into a major trade station and a major transportation station between Asia and Europe, with the sea journey time reduced from (33) to (15) days.
A modern multi-modal infrastructure system (composed of ports, airports, highways and new railway lines) conforms to the highest international standards and best engineering practices, facilitating the social and economic development and diversification of Iraq and related neighboring countries.
The development road will be the global corridor for transporting goods and energy, achieving major development gains for Iraq and transforming the areas on both sides of it into factories, laboratories, warehouses, and investment projects that contribute to diversifying sources of income.
The maximum capacity of the Grand Faw Port is about (3.5) million equivalent units according to the assumed horizon in 2028, while it will reach about (7.5) million equivalent units according to the assumed horizon in 2038.
The development road is the shortest and least expensive for transportation and transit.
Industrial cities will be established along the development path.
The Al-Faw Port project will include the largest industrial city in the Middle East.
The development road will be the closest and most suitable for transportation and linking operations between the continents of Asia and Europe.
The final completion period for the Development Road Project, according to the feasibility study, is until 2028.
The Development Road Project is in the first design and soil investigation stage, after which it begins to refer tenders upon completion of the final designs for any section of the Development Road, whether for railways or for the secret road.
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