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.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.