KSA-Bahrain agreement on King Hamad Causeway hailed

A handout picture released by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud (L) meeting with Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa at the Al-Sakhir Palace in Manama, in this December 8, 2016 photo. (AFP)
Updated 11 December 2016
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KSA-Bahrain agreement on King Hamad Causeway hailed

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Bahrain entering into an agreement to work on a new causeway project parallel to the King Fahd Causeway linking the two countries evoked an overwhelmingly positive response from businesses and travelers describing it as evidence of the distinguished relations between the two neighbors.
They hailed the historic agreement between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain to conduct a study funded by the private sector on the new King Hamad Causeway.
The business community here on Saturday welcomed the project agreement as a much-needed move to bolster the economies of the two countries in particular, and the Gulf region as a whole.
Majed Abdullah Al-Hedayan, in charge of legal affairs at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), told Arab News: “This historic agreement reflects both countries’ keenness to take bilateral cooperation to a new high.”
He added that the project would reinvigorate trade and commercial exchanges as well as further improve traveling between the two countries by cutting time and distance.
Al-Hedayan said the new bridge will also ease pressure on King Fahd Causeway through which currently some 50,000 vehicles pass daily.
With plenty of international events taking place in both countries, the new causeway will come in handy for people making frequent trips.
Wael Al-Qasim, a Riyadh-based businessman, called it a very positive development and said: “I am very confident that the new causeway would further consolidate bilateral cooperation by bolstering trade and increasing people-to-people contact, as the second terrestrial link parallel to the existing one will help eliminate the traffic problems on the King Fahd Causeway, especially during holidays.”
“It will certainly hasten economic integration with more trading and frequent traveling,” he said adding that a railway network will add value to the bilateral cooperation.
Mohammed Zeyad, a regular traveler to Bahrain, said it will certainly ease congestion on the King Fahd Causeway. Describing it as a milestone, he said the agreement is evidence of the distinguished fraternal relations between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
People in Bahrain also welcomed the project as a much-needed boost for Gulf economies. Bahraini Minister of Transport and Communications Kamal Ahmed Mohammed greatly appreciated the directive to conduct a study on the project. He said his ministry is ready to implement the project in cooperation with the concerned parties in Saudi Arabia.
“Everybody is keen to implement the project,” he said, adding that the project will soon witness its next stage.
The funding for the project from the Saudi side will be through the private sector, he added.


Women pit themselves against male drivers in Saudi Arabia’s Formula E race

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Women pit themselves against male drivers in Saudi Arabia’s Formula E race

  • The Rookie Test will take place on December 16 at the newly transformed ancient site into Formula E race track
  • The list consists of a varied group of up-and-coming talent along with well-known faces

DUBAI: Women drivers will compete against male counterparts in Formula E’s “Rookie Test” for up and coming drivers after the inaugural Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix race on December 15.

The Rookie Test will take place on December 16 at the newly transformed ancient site into Formula E race track, the Kingdom’s General sports authority said.

Female drivers will line up against male rivals on the grid to take part in the official in-season test for the forthcoming season of the FIA ABB Formula E Championship.

The list consists of a varied group of up-and-coming talent along with well-known faces, including the first Emirati female racing driver, Amna Al-Qubaisi.

Al-Qubaisi has had a steep progression in her career so far, starting karting aged 13, and going on to win the UAE Rotax Max Challenge Championship before more recently competing in Formula 4 with Prema Theodore Racing.

“I'm very proud to be representing women in general and Arabian women in particular. This test drive is another stepping-stone towards my dream of a professional career in motorsports and thanks to the continuous support of Kaspersky Lab, this dream will eventually come true,” Al-Qubaisi said.

Saudi Princess Haifa bint Mohammed bin Saud, Secretary General of the organizing committee for the race, said: “Through the increased participation in and hosting of world-class sports within Vision 2030, we want to inspire the young people of Saudi Arabia towards greater achievement and taking an active role in every part of life.”