The road connecting Saudi Arabia and Oman was completed at a cost of one billion and 907 million and 570,000 riyals, covering a distance of 564 kilometers from the intersection of Al Batha Road to the Empty Quarter outlet on the Saudi-Omani border.
Given the tough terrain and severe environment in the Empty Quarter, the Ministry of Transport and Logistics’ implementation of this project, which connects the two nations, is regarded as an engineering miracle. As well as making it easier for pilgrims and visitors to roam about.
Engineer Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Transport and Logistics, affirmed Saudi Arabia’s keenness on anything that contributes to strengthening cooperation with brotherly Arab countries.
He noted that this road will enhance trade exchange between the Kingdom and the Sultanate of Oman, as well as activate movement between the two countries in a way that benefits pilgrims, Umrah from the Sultanate of Oman, tourism, mutual commerce, and visits between the two nations are all on the agenda.
The project required more than 1.3 million working hours, and the number of heavy equipment used was 750, which was appropriate for the geography of the desert in the Empty Quarter. The volume of sand displaced to build the road was 150 million cubic meters, and the volume of sand protection materials was 150 million cubic meters. The volume of the asphalt layers was one million cubic meters, and the total volume of the project was 12 million cubic meters.
The road was also equipped with the necessary traffic safety features, including lights for the last 30 kilometers, to allow road users to travel around with convenience and safety.
It is worth noting that the Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services, by completing the road project between the Kingdom and the Sultanate of Oman has established a direct link with all of the Gulf Cooperation Council nations in a high-quality and safe manner.