This post is part of a series on Bahrain’s tourist attractions, notable places of interest, and just about everything I love about the island. Bahrain has been home to me since May 2007.
The King Fahd Causeway (Arabic: جسر الملك فهد, Jisr al-Malik Fahd) is a 25 kilometer (16 mi) causeway connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The idea of constructing the causeway was based on improving the links and bonds between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Surveying of the maritime began in 1968, and construction began in 1981 and continued until 1986, when it was officially opened to the public.
The Border Station is located on embankment No.4, which, with a total area of 660,000 square meters, is the biggest of all embankments. The buildings of King Fahd Causeway Authority and other government Directorates were erected on the Border Station, as well as two mosques, two Coast Guard towers and two 65 m (213 ft) high tower restaurants. The border station also has extensive landscaping all around the islands in addition to the services and road stations.
The Border Station was designed as two connected islands, where the west side is designated to Saudi Arabia and the east to Bahrain. The Saudi side of the Border Station has outlets of McDonald’s & Kudu. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Fahd_Causeway)
The Causeway was actually one of the first places we’ve been to since coming to the island. We were young (yeah!) and curious about the “very long” bridge and to catch a glimpse of the “other side” which was the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. So we all jumped in a car and headed out for a roadtrip, at night! It was nice to roll down the car windows and just feel the warm breeze hit your face.
At the border we went up the east tower (Bahrain side) which houses local art exhibits, coffee shop / restaurant and the view deck.
During the day, the tower grounds has a nice landscaped park and you can sit on the large rocks and just inhale the scenic ocean view.
From then on, whenever we feel the need to go for a road trip, we roll the car windows down and head out via the Causeway. Nope, we still haven’t crossed the border yet. Maybe we will, eventually, someday… 🙂
Some photos during our road trips, 🙂