Tue, 18 September 2018
A new causeway linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will be launched by mid-2021 and is expected to be completed in three years, said Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Bahrain. Saudi Ambassador to Bahrain, Abdullah Al Sheikh announced that the tender for the new King Hamad Causeway will be launched after six months and is aimed at strengthening trade ties between the two countries,
Expected to cost approximately USD 3 to 4 billion, the Causeway will be designed to include a rail line for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) network, cargo trains and vehicle lanes. The new causeway will be about 25-km long, and will run in parallel to the King Fahd Causeway which has been operational since November 1986 and is the existing land link between the two kingdoms. The King Fahd Causeway is a 25 m wide and 26 km long, four-lane highway, which links the two nations via Al-‘Aziziyyah in Saudi Arabia and Al-Jasra in Bahrain. Construction of the causeway cost $1.2 billion at the time and was financed entirely by Saudi Arabia.
The approval for the construction of the new causeway was first announced after a meeting between His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Jeddah in 2014.