Muscat – Oman participated in celebrations of the 92nd National Day of Saudi Arabia on Friday. Celebrations were organised by the General Secretariat for National Celebrations in cooperation with Royal Oman Police at the Empty Quarter border crossing, in the presence of H E Abdullah bin Saud al Enezi, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Oman.
In an interview with Oman TV, H E Enezi said that celebrations of the Saudi National Day at the Empty Quarter crossing “indicate its importance in consolidating relations between the two brotherly countries; the border crossing represents a vital and important link to strengthening relations in all fields”.
He added that the Oman-Saudi highway has contributed to the increase in trade exchange between the two countries.
“Saudi Arabia has become important for Oman in the fields of investment and trade. The Empty Quarter crossing is a major strategic infrastructure shared by the two countries, pushing the ties to further progress and prosperity.”
Oman and Saudi Arabia inaugurated the Empty Quarter road (Rub al Khali) and two border posts connecting the two countries on December 7, 2021.
The road passes through Rub al Khali and the eastern province of Ihsa in Saudi Arabia. The section of the road in Oman is around 160km, while around 580km of it runs through Saudi Arabia. The Saudi section links the Khorais-Bathaa road to the Omani border, via Shayba and Umm Zamoul.
The number of Saudi companies in the sultanate grew from 467 in 2010 to 1,235 in 2021 – an increase of 768 companies in 11 years, according to Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion’s data.