Bahrain is well known for its friendly welcome to visitors from all over the world. It is the region's favourite destination with over 3 million tourists visiting every year. The visitor count has soared in recent years by a rapid increase in visitors from Europe and the Far East. Bahrain is well-connected to the world with more than 50 airlines operating through Bahrain International Airport. The frequency of flights is excellent for onward connections be it anywhere in the Middle East of the World. By road, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is just 27 kilometres away from Bahrain across the King Fahad Causeway. In a gesture to improve ties between Bahrain and Qatar, a "Friendship Bridge" is under construction, and is expected to be completed by 2005.