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Vital Oman-Saudi road link delayed due to ‘technical hindrances’

4 May 2020

The Oman-Saudi Arabia road link, that will cut down the distance between the two countries by around 800km, has been delayed for years now. ‘Technical hindrances’ have led to the delay but they are being resolved, says Saudi envoy to Oman.

Technical hindrances have delayed the completion of the Oman-Saudi Arabia road link that will cut down the distance between the two countries by around 800km.  

The new road link, that has been in the making for years now, was expected to open in 2014. However, these ‘technical hindrances’ are now being resolved, said H E Eid bin Mohammed al Thaqafi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to the Sultanate.  

The ambassador described the road linking the two countries as ‘vital’, noting that the major part of the road falls in Saudi Arabia which goes through some the toughest terrains in the world since it passed across the Empty Quarter. 

The road passes through Rub al Khali (the Empty Quarter) and the eastern province of Ihsa in Saudi Arabia. The section of the road in Oman is around 160km long while around 519km falls in Saudi Arabia. 

The Saudi section links the Khorais-Bathaa road to the Omani border, via Shayba and Umm Zamoul. “The section of the road in Oman has been completed. We are now waiting for Saudi Arabia to complete work on its side of the road,” H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications had said in 2014. 
In a statement to ONA, Thaqafi pointed out that the road offers scope for great commercial exchange. Oman has a large volume of fish produce that is much in demand in the Saudi market while Saudi Arabia provides the Omani market with large quantities of dairy products, vegetables and petrochemicals, he said. 

The ambassador added that communication between officials of both the countries is ongoing for the sake of cooperation and selection of the best options to develop different sectors

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