The first road linking Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman will be open soon, it was announced by Oman's Ministry of Transport. Salem Muhammad Al-Nuaimi, undersecretary at the Ministry of Transport; Communications and Information Technology in the Sultanate of Oman, said that the road is almost complete.
In an interview with Oman TV, Al-Nuaimi said that work is now in full swing to establish the necessary facilities to provide utility services for the road users.
The road, delayed for years, will not only cut the distance between the two countries by about 800 kilometers; but will also reduce travel time significantly, he said.
Describing the road linking the two countries as vital, Al-Nuaimi said; "The largest part of the road passes through Saudi Arabia; extending to some of the toughest terrains in the world, including the Empty Quarter."
The road passes through the Empty Quarter and Al-Ahsa governorate in Saudi Arabia; and its length in Oman is about 160 km, while the wide stretch of the road, covering 580 km, is in the Kingdom.