Fahd Causeway congestion continues despite efforts

Updated 03 February 2016
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Fahd Causeway congestion continues despite efforts

ALKHOBAR: Congestion on the King Fahd Causeway during holiday periods continues despite efforts to add extra lanes because many people travel over the bridge at the same time.

This is according to a source at the causeway, who rejected reports that nothing has been done by the authorities to alleviate this situation over the years. He said over 50,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day, or 1.5 million every month. These figures are higher on weekends and public holidays.
He said that when the bridge was built 27 years ago it was designed to accommodate 5,000 cars and 120 trucks per day. There has been constant widening over the past few years to accommodate the extra traffic, he said.
A short-term plan saw the removal of sidewalks and the fountain, which resulted in the number of lanes increasing from 10 to 18, raising capacity by 80 percent.
Three of the extra lanes were dedicated to specific categories of travelers, such as students at universities in Bahrain, people with special needs and diplomats.
The aim over the coming few years is to accommodate up to 250,000 daily users. The most important project is the building of islands on both sides of the bridge, which would be used for customs and passport procedures. This would see the bridge accommodate 100 million annual travelers, roughly five times the current figures, he said.


Fun in the family zone at Ad Diriyah E-Prix ​

Updated 14 December 2018
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Fun in the family zone at Ad Diriyah E-Prix ​

  • On offer were physically challenging activities such as a zipline, a net climbing wall, and a horse corral for the younger kids
  • At the heart of the park was an area dedicated to local artists and vendors, with everything from traditional foods to handmade soaps to artwork and clothing on display

RIYADH: A horse corral, a maze and a virtual reality biking station were some of the attractions on offer at the family zone at the E-Prix event being held at the Ad Diriyah UNESCO world heritage site near the capital Riyadh.
The event, which culminates Saturday with Formula E Championship street racing, is the first of its kind to be held in the region. 
It brings together world class entertainment — from artists including David Guetta and Amr Diab — and cultural activities.



“The amount of effort that must have gone into setting this up is extraordinary,” said visitor Abla Qanaq. “The variety of options is almost overwhelming. I’m not even sure where I want to start.”
People in the VIP Hospitality Section had the opportunity to ride camels, sample local staples of dates and Arabic coffee, and experience local customs such as traditional wedding marches.
“I’m glad they realized the importance of including a local touch in an event like this,” said visitor Alaa Al Dawsari. “Especially with so many foreigners coming from all over the world. It’s amazing that we were able to present Saudi Arabia like this.”
The family zone also featured an area dedicated to local artisans and vendors, with everything from traditional food to handmade soap and clothing on display. The Al Bujairi section hosts exhibitions and live music.