FACT FOOD #172

Bir Tawil is a plot of land about 800 square miles (2,060 square kilometers) in size. It lies between Egypt and Sudan. It was created in 1902, when the United Kingdom drew a different border from the one that was created in 1899. The two different borders created two different areas, Bir Tawil and Halaib.

Halaib has various resources, making it desirable, whereas Bir Tawil is barren and attracts no interest from these two countries. Both Egypt and Sudan insists that Bir Tawil is not theirs and belongs to the other and thereby Bir Tawil being the only piece of land (excluding Antarctica) not claimed by any nation.