Computer glitch leads to causeway jam

Updated 15 November 2013

Computer glitch leads to causeway jam

Long lines of cars were queuing up on the 25-km King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia with Bahrain, due to a malfunction at the passport system on Wednesday.
Many cars resorted to taking a U-turn after waiting for more than three hours on the bridge. Some found themselves stuck in the traffic jam.
“If I had not made a U-turn, I would have had to stay until midnight,” said one commuter.
“There are no emergency gates along the causeway road. There should be gates or gaps that cars can return through if needed,” said another commuter.
The system shut down from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
King Fahd International Airport was also affected by the system failure and some international flights were delayed for hours.
Speaking to Arab News, Lt Col. Muala Al-Otaibi said that an updating of the computer system of the passport control led to the glitch.
“Some of the terminals at some borders had stopped for a while and then continued working,” he said, adding that “the system returned to a normal and it is working well in all EP borders now.”


Lead roles for Saudi stars as Okaz Nights concerts begin

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Lead roles for Saudi stars as Okaz Nights concerts begin

  • Abadi Al-Johar and Dalia Mubarak shine in wonderful musical evening

TAIF: The Okaz Nights series of concerts began with a wonderful evening featuring Saudi stars Abadi Al-Johar and Dalia Mubarak at the Okaz Main Theater, which has been given a new look.

The concerts are part of Taif Season, which is presenting events throughout August. The concert with Al-Johar and Mubarak, which sold out quickly, was well received by the audience of more than 2,500.

The evening began at 9.30 p.m. with a collection of new and old songs from Mubarak, supported by 27 musicians. Al-Johar then greeted her with beautiful and famous songs.

Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jasmi also performed at the theater, which will host Syrian musical artist Asala Nasri on Aug. 28 and Ahlam Al-Shamsi on Aug. 30.