King Fahd Causeway records highest number of travelers

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The causeway connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain was opened in November 1986. (SPA)
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The causeway connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain was opened in November 1986. (SPA)
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The causeway connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain was opened in November 1986. (SPA)
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The causeway connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain was opened in November 1986. (SPA)
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Updated 13 January 2020

King Fahd Causeway records highest number of travelers

  • During the mid-year school leave, Bahrain becomes the top destination for people in Saudi Arabia, especially the Eastern Province

DAMMAM: The King Fahd Causeway has recorded the highest number of travelers since its opening, with 131,000 people crossing in one day, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.
The previous highest number was 129,437 passengers. The spokesman for the Eastern Province Passports Department, Col. Mualla Marzouq Al-Otaibi, said movement was achieved smoothly in cooperation with related sectors.
He added that the increased flow of travelers has not affected security aspects or the speed of processing paperwork at the crossing.
During the mid-year school leave, Bahrain becomes the top destination for people in Saudi Arabia, especially the Eastern Province.
This is due to several factors, including Bahrain’s proximity, and the many events and shopping offers targeting visitors from Saudi Arabia.
The causeway connecting the two countries was opened in November 1986, and has contributed to expanding their commercial exchanges. The bridge cost $564 million and took more than four years to build.
Last year, the National Program to Support the Management of Projects in Public Entities and the King Fahd Causeway Authority signed a memorandum of understanding to raise
the efficiency of the KFCA’s facility and asset management, as well as its overall operation and maintenance practices.
 


Saudi rights chief receives head of EU delegation

Updated 23 September 2020

Saudi rights chief receives head of EU delegation

  • Several initiatives have been launched that have helped boost the country’s international ranking in human rights reports

RIYADH: Patrick Simonnet, head of the EU delegation to Saudi Arabia, called on Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, at his office in Riyadh on Tuesday. During the meeting, they discussed aspects of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the EU in the fields of human rights. 

Praising the depth of bilateral relations, they discussed ways to boost ties. 

Al-Awwad highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts, under the leadership of the king and crown prince, in supporting human rights. He pointed to developments in the Kingdom and pioneering steps toward achieving sustainable development on making human beings the focus of development in accordance with Vision 2030, which aims to achieve the overall development of a better future for the country.

Several initiatives have been launched that have helped boost the country’s international ranking in human rights reports, including one on human trafficking published by the US State Department.

In addition, a World Bank report titled “Women, Business and the Law 2020” ranked the Kingdom first out of 190 countries in terms of progress and reforms in the field of the empowerment of women and the preservation
of their rights.