The road linking kingdom of Saudi Arabia with sultanate of Oman is expected to be opened after 14 months, where the project is considered as vital, because it represents the second port that links gulf corporation council with sultanate of Oman, which, by virtue of its geographic location, is not linked with the gulf states council, except with one port that is linked with united Arab of emirates.
The general administration of roads and transport in the eastern area of kingdom is executing a road project that links Batha with Sheiba , and Um Alzamoul , with 519 length costing (one billion , six hundred , twenty three million, seven hundred and fifty-six thousands and four hundred SR ). The general manager for roads and transport in the eastern area , Eng. Abd Allah Alsuleiman , explained that the project will be accomplished during 14 months from now , stating that it is one of the biggest projects currently being executed in the area , pointing out that it is considered as the first international road that will link Saudi Arabia with sultanate of Oman , which will cut short the access to sultanate of Oman for travelers coming from united Arab emirates , directly from Batha to Sheiba , then accessing to Um Alzamul , which will be the border area between the two sister countries . He added that the basis of the road will be paved with two traffic lanes in addition to the shoulders , that is being executed on three phases , the length of the former road is estimated as 319 km , starting from point by distance of 50 km away from the boarder port (Batha) , the average accomplishment of this phase is estimated as 95% , while the length of the second phase is 10 km , starting from the end of the first phase , where its average accomplishment is 40% , the third phase , which is 190 km starts from the end of the second phase before Sheiba field until the boarder port with sultanate of Oman , average accomplishment is estimated as 75% , and the entire project works will be accomplished before Muharram 1434 H. He confirmed that the project is considered as the second port which links sultanate of Oman with gulf states , where sultanate of Oman by virtue of its geographical location , is just linked with only one boarder port with united Arab of emirates , and travelers who shuttle to sultanate of Oman have to get an access to emirates territories via the only boarder port that links sultanate of Oman with gulf states , pointing out that the port will contribute to the good relations between the two countries , particularly that sultanate of Oman has an important location , linking Arab gulf with various international destinations , one of them is the waterway that links Arab gulf with Indian ocean , which gives it great significance , enhancing Saudi trend that aims to be linked with sultanate of Oman via land boarder port , in addition to facilitate trade exchange between the two countries , and the growing volume of importations and exportations .