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King Fahd Causeway packed with holiday travelers
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 11 - 08 - 2013


Saudi Gazette report
AL-KHOBAR — Citizens and visitors of the Eastern Province have been monitoring the traffic flow on the King Fahd Causeway that links the Kingdom with Bahrain using Twitter. They follow the traffic moment by moment by looking at pictures sent by travelers through their accounts on the website.
On the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, the causeway did not witness crowding, as expected. The traffic flow was normal until the middle of the second day.
Thousands of travelers started crossing and the expected crowding began, and it will continue until the fifth day of Eid.
On Eid day, the causeway registered the crossing of 6,636 travelers between the two sides.
The Bahraini traffic authorities said the number of vehicles heading to Bahrain reached 4,837 on Eid day while 1,799 vehicles left for Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, a number of travelers considered the real challenge before the authorities working on the causeway to be the fast processing of travelers' papers, apart from preventing any technical glitch in the National Information Center.
If the system breaks down, the travelers' movement will be paralyzed.
Employees on the causeway expect the rate of travelers crossing on the causeway during the Eid holiday to reach record figures. They said the number of travelers might reach 300,000. Last year, the causeway witnessed the crossing of 200,000 travelers during the five days of Eid Al-Fitr.
Earlier, Director General of the King Fahd Causeway Corporation Fahd Badr Al-Ataishan said they were ready for the Eid rush “in cooperation with a number of government departments working on both sides of the causeway.”
He added that the corporation is keen to streamline the flow of traffic and provide the best services to the causeway users.


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