By Staff Reporter — MUSCAT: Dec. 19: The Ministry of Transport in Saudi Arabia has been quoted as saying that the 650-km road linking Oman with the Kingdom will be opened in early 2017. Starting on the Oman side at Tanam in Ibri, the road spans a 160-km distance via oil field areas until it reaches the Sultanate’s border with Saudi Arabia in Rub al Khali (The Empty Quarter). From the border, it runs a further 520 km through vast desert expanses and links up with the Batha-Haradh via Shaybah. The Batha-Haradh road proceeds onward to Al Kharj and eventually to Riyadh.
When completed, it will enable the flow of traffic from Sohar Port all the way to Riyadh in the Saudi heartland. Importantly, the direct route slashes the distance travelled by as much as 800 km, when compared with the existing around 2,000 km indirect route via the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has carried out a trial operation of the border post linking Oman and Saudi Arabia to ensure all facilities and procedures are in place to welcome commuters and vehicles.