By Ed Attwood
Gulf states eye first land link next year, transport infrastructure nearly complete
Saudi Arabia has completed 89 percent of its first road link with Oman, according to the kingdom’s transport minister.
Arab News reported Jabara Al Seraisry as saying that around 592km of road had been finished on the project, which is on track to be opened in 2012.
The road passes through the Empty Quarter, one of the biggest sand deserts in the world. The two countries are currently only connected via the UAE.
Work on the Saudi side of the project consists of building a link from the Khorais-Bathaa road to the Omani border, via Shayba and Umm Zamoul.
Saudi Arabia and Oman agreed to establish a border checkpoint in 2005, and work began on the link in 2007. The checkpoint was initially designed to be completed in 2008, but was delayed until the road was completed.
The checkpoint will be called the Rub Al Khali Entry Point on the Saudi side and Ramlat Khaliya on the Omani side.
yes, agree...but I guess it was a huge logistical challenge and thats why it probably took so much time!