Saudi-Oman highway to open in 2016

Posted on 10th June 2016

Work has been completed on a major highway that will shorten the distance between Oman and Saudi Arabia by 800km. It is due to open this year after a two-year-long delay, said a report.

The road, which runs through the Empty Quarter desert, or Rub Al-Khali, received its first trial operation by the Royal Oman Police despite being scheduled to open in 2014, reported Arab News, according to Tradearabia news report.

The highway on the Oman side is about 160 km long, starting from Tanam in Ibri and ending at the Saudi border, said the report.

From Saudi Arabia, it stretches 247 km from the Omani border to the Shaybah Oil Field and 319 km from Shaybah to the Batha-Haradh road, which leads to Riyadh, it added.

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