Oman-Saudi road for Hajj pilgrims nears completion
The road link extending 160km inside Oman, and 519km in Saudi, is expected to benefit residents going for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages, and promote trade between both countries
A road link between Saudi Arabia and Oman, expected to benefit residents embarking on the holy Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages, is nearing completion, reports have found.
The new road extends 160km inside Oman, and 519km in Saudi.
The current distance between the Sultanate and the Kingdom is up to 2,000km, via the UAE.
The road, which is expected to reduce travel time between the two countries, is due for completion at the end of the "current Arabic year", local daily Times of Oman reported.
"The road will boost trade and tourism between the two GCC neighbours and will ensure the quick delivery of products," the report said.
"The Omani part of the road has been ready for some time.
"The road passes through the Empty Quarter, one of the largest sand deserts in the world," the report added.