King Fahad Causeway, a series of bridges and causeways that link the island of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia mainland, marks 33 years of operations.
The causeway, Bahrain’s only terrestrial link with another country, is named after former king of Saudi Arabia Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud who ruled from June 1982 until August 2005.
The causeway which became a particularly potent symbol of the deep-rooted and special relations between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia was opened to the public on November 26, 1986 during a grand ceremony attended by the late His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa and the late King Fahad.
Several Saudi Arabia-based Saudi nationals and foreigners who work or study in Bahrain commute daily while a large number of Bahrain-based expatriates and Bahrainis use the causeway daily to go to their work or universities.
As the causeway became one of the busiest links in the Arab world, drastic changes were introduced to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.
Plans to build a second causeway, King Hamad Causeway, named after HM the King of Bahrain, are progressing. The new causeway, to be funded by the private sector, will be used by passenger trains and freight trains besides vehicles. The railway lines will be part of the wider Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) railway network.
The business community in Bahrain has welcomed the project as a much-needed boost for the local and Gulf economies.