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Oman-Saudi 680km road set for October opening

Oman has spent $519.2m, and Saudi $266.6m on the road, which is expected to cut travel time between both countries by up to 500km

The Oman-Saudi 680km road will be ready in October. [Representational Image]
The Oman-Saudi 680km road will be ready in October. [Representational Image]

The 680km road linking Oman and Saudi Arabia, currently under construction, is due for completion by October 2015. 

The new road is expected to cut the distance between both countries by up to 500km. 

Oman and Saudi Arabia are currently linked via road through the UAE, spanning a total distance of 2,000km. 

The new road extends 160km inside Oman, and 519km in Saudi.

Oman has spent up to $519.2m (OMR200m) on the road's construction, while Saudi Arabia has spent up to $266.6m (SAR1bn) on the project. 

Omani authorities said the construction work on the road linking the two countries via the Empty Quarter was completed by the end of 2013. 

In Oman, the road starts from Tanam area of Ibri province, passing through oilfields until it reaches the Oman-Saudi border in the Empty Quarter.

In Saudi Arabia, the road links Haradh-Batha road with Al Shiba oilfield, at a length of 319km.

The distance between Al Shiba and Oman is 247km. 

As per UAE daily Gulf News, up to 130 million cubic metres of sand was transported to construct bridges required for the project. 

Oman required two years to construct its side of the road, while Saudi Arabia took four years, due to the longer distance of the road inside the Kindgom, the report added.  

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