Saudi’s King Fahd Causeway Authority revealed that the causeway connecting Saudi Arabia to Bahrain recorded the highest number of travellers on 11 January, 2020, reaching 131,000 passengers on a single day – the highest since its opening in November 1986 more than 33 years ago.
The spokesman for the Eastern Province Passports Department, Colonel Moala Al-Otaibi, said that this record, including the smooth movement of travellers across the causeway, was accomplished due to cooperation with related sectors, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.
Construction Week reported in October 2019 that the King Fahad Causeway Authority inked an $8.9m consultancy agreement to begin construction work on another causeway project to connect Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
The agreement, which was inked with a consortium including KPMG, AECOM, and CMS, will see the development of a financing model, as well as the engineering specifications, design, and selection of the main developers for the construction of the $3.5bn King Hamad Causeway project.
The King Hamad Causeway will be constructed based on a public-private partnership model and will include a parallel rail line.