What is the King Fahd Causeway?
The King Fahd Causeway consists of a series of long bridges that connects Bahrain with Saudia Arabia, the largest economy and consumer of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations. This causeway is located on the Persian Gulf with many islands along its path.
What is the importance of the King Fahd Causeway?
Currently, the King Fahd Causeway plays a major role in boosting the economy and tourism in Bahrain, serving as a gateway for Bahrain with other GCC countries through Saudia Arabia. Ten of thousands of vehicles carrying businessmen and tourists cross the bridge daily, supporting the exchange of culture and driving up the consumption of goods and services.
Why is King Fahd Causeway a popular tourist destination?
The King Fahd Causeway also serves as an attractive landmark for tourists, where there’s endless blue ocean on either side of the bridge when crossing, along with a relaxing ocean breeze and pleasant sunset.
One island on the King Fahd Causeway is Passport Island or Middle Island. This popular island offers facilities and features a mosque, garden, and several restaurants. Two tall observation towers stand on each side, both Bahrain and Saudia Arabia, and hosts a high deck with a panoramic view.
When was the King Fahd Causeway built?
The causeway spans 25 kilometers or 16 miles in length. Construction started in 1982 and finished four years later in 1986 with an estimated budget of around $800 million dollars. Since then, the causeway has undergone numerous expansions.
It’s named after King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, who was present at the opening ceremony to the public on November 26, 1986.