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Saving the Dead Sea Part Two إنقاذ البحر الميت Posted by on Nov 24, 2021 in Arabic Language, Environment, Travel & Geography

In last week’s post, we talked about the Dead Sea البحر الميت and began a clip that explains the reasons why البحر الميت is sadly receding تنحسر. In this second part of the clip, we learn about The Bahrain Canal project مشروع قناة البحرين to link البحر الميت to البحر الأحمر as a way to revive البحر الميت.

Here is a photo I took of the Dead Sea salt shoreline.

Image provided by Yasmine K.

هل “قُتل” البحر الميت🎇

I’ve transcribed the first half of the clip to help you follow along as you listen and discern each word.

Be sure to try and answer the questions at the bottom. 🤓

تلك الخصائص جعلته واحد من أغنى البحار بالأملاح ًالطبيعية التي تستخدم في إنتاج مستحضرات التجميل ومقصداً للزوار الباحثين عن الاستشفاء الطبيعي أيضاً

مشروع قناة البحرين كان واحد من حلول اللحظة الأخيرة لإنقاذ هذا البحر والذي يفترض أن يجمع الأردن وإسرائيل والسلطة الفلسطينية على هدف واحد هو إحياء البحر الميت. فالمشروع الذي اتفق عليه منذ سنوات كان يقضي بإنشاء قناة بطول ١٨٠٠ كيلو متر تقريباً لربط البحر الميت ببحر الأحمر. كان يفترض بذلك المشروع أن يعيد التوازن البيئي في البحر الميت إلى طبيعيه وإقامة محطات تحلية للمياه يستفيد منها الأطراف الثلاثة في منطقة يعتبر شح المياه فيها من الأسباب الكامن لإشعاع حرب مياه مستقبلية

المشروع أصبح الآن قيد الماضي بسبب تضارب المصالح بين تلك الأطراف والخلافات السياسية بينها. وهو ما يعني إطلاق رصاصة الرحمة على بحر هو في الأصل ميت فعلياً

These characteristics made it one of the richest seas in natural salts that are used in the production of cosmetics and a destination for visitors looking for natural healing as well. The Bahrain Canal project was one of the last minute solutions to save this sea, which is supposed to bring together Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority to one goal, which is to revive the Dead Sea.

The project that was agreed upon years ago was to construct a canal with a length of approximately 1,800 km to connect the Dead Sea with the Red Sea. This project was supposed to restore the ecological balance in the Dead Sea to normal and establish desalination plants for the benefit of the three parties in an area where water scarcity is one of the underlying causes of a future water war. The project is now in the past due to the conflict of interests between these parties and the political differences between them. Which means firing a bullet of mercy at a sea that is actually already dead.

Questions:

أعطِ استخدامين لأملاح البحر الميت

Give two uses for the Dead Sea salts.

اشرح الهدف من مشروع قناة البحرين

Explain the purpose of the The Bahrain Canal project.

لماذا لم يتم تنفيذ هذا المشروع؟

Why was this project never carried out?

Put the following words into Arabic sentences:

مشروع

هدف

الخلافات السياسية 

I hope you found this video to be  interesting and good Arabic comprehension practice.

ما الذي يجذبك لزيارة البحر الميت؟

What attracts you to visit the Dead Sea?

Till next week, happy Arabic learning! 😊

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About the Author: yasmine

MarHaba! I am half Jordanian of Circassian descent and half American. I have a Master's in Second Language Teaching and I teach Arabic as a foreign language here in the US, both MSA and Levantine Arabic. I hope to help you become more familiar and interested in the Arabic language and culture.


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