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Saudi Causeway Unlikely to Reopen Before Haj Season

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Saudi border crossings in the eastern region, including the King Fahd Causeway linking the kingdom to Bahrain, are unlikely to reopen before the Haj season due to start later this month.

The 25km-long causeway was shut down on March 7 as part of a string of measures to fight the spread of the new coronavirus.

Recent reports suggested that the facility was set to reopen on July 27 as Gulf countries are easing virus-related measures to prop up economy.

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However, Saudi sources, speaking to Al Youm newspaper, said that the border crossings in the kingdom’s eastern region including the bridge will reoperate “gradually” next month and that the numbers of travellers will be determined by the agencies concerned with precautions against COVID-19 to be enforced.

During suspension of its operation, the causeway has undergone a revamp including replacing the old gates on the Saudi side of the city.



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