By Staff writer
88% of visitors to Bahrain in 2019 arrived via bridge
The passenger capacity on the King Fahd Causeway, which links Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, has been increased by 45 percent.
Following the suspension of passenger travel in March, major renovation works have been completed including the introduction of new gates on the Saudi side and dedicated e-payment lanes to allow processing of the bridge toll on both sides.
According to tourism data for 2019, Bahrain welcomed 11.1 million visitors last year, of which 9.7m (88 percent) arrived via the King Fahd Causeway.
Bahrain Customs recently installed high-tech artificial intelligence scanners at the King Fahd Causeway, automating data collection and allowing shipment inspections to take place before reaching the border. This resulted in a 15 percent growth in trade between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in the first quarter of this year.
King Fahd Causeway, which was opened in 1986, is one of the busiest land border crossings in the Middle East with an estimated 390m passengers having used the bridge since its opening.