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Sunday, April 30, 2017
The Omani part of the 726-km-long road linking Saudi Arabia directly with the sultanate is now ready to open, said a report, citing a top government official.The giant road project, once completed, will help reduce the travel distance between the two countries by over 800 km and replace the existing route, which passes through the UAE and stretches around 2,000km in length, reported Al Eqtisadiah Arabic newspaper.The road runs through the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter desert). The highway on the Oman side is about 160-km-long, starting from Tanam in Ibri and ending at the Saudi border, according to Arab News.From Saudi Arabia, it stretches 247km from the Omani border to the Shaybah Oil Field and 319km from Shaybah to the Batha-Haradh road, which leads to Riyadh.The total length of the new road will cover 160km in Oman, with the remaining 566km in Saudi Arabia, it added.
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