The local Galfar Engineering & Contracting has been awarded a RO29.7m ($77.2m) contract to build a border post on the Oman-Saudi Arabia highway.

The border post structure will cover a total area of about 50,000 square metres on the Omani side of the border.

Work on the 1,400 kilometre road between Oman and Saudi Arabia, which will run to Riyadh, began in 2007. The border checkpoint will be called the Ramlat Khaliya on the Omani side and the Rub al-Khali entry point on the Saudi side.

The construction work on the checkpoint is scheduled to take a year and a half to complete.