2500 km under the blazing sun

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open”.

Jawaharlal Nehru

We live in such a wonderful world, I just wish I could live 1000 years to see all the beautiful places this planet has to offer. It is such a shame we are on a self destruct mission and we are killing our only source of life. Traveling and discovering has taught me one thing and that is that once we have finished destroying our planet, we won’t have anywhere else to live! A bit like setting fire to your own house and making yourself homeless! I cannot think of a more stupid race than human beings! Anyway, rant over!. Let’s get on with it

Preparation for the trip – Visas – Route & Hotels Saudi Visa

The trip would take us through several countries, fortunately and thank goodness for our EU passports, this wasn’t to be too much of an issue, other than the visa for Saudi Arabia (but that wasn’t much of an issue either). To enter UAE (United Arab Emirates) we found out we could do our visa at the border and the same thing to enter Oman. For Saudi Arabia we used a local company who charged us 150 QR each (approx 36 Euro each). 3 days later we had our visas. The catch with Saudi “transit” visas is that they are only valid for 72 hours. As the drive through Saudi is relatively short this isn’t much of an issue.

Route planning has never been our forte and we tend to leave it for the last minute and rely too much on Waze (phone application which acts as a GPS), however, on this occasion we invested on a map too! We used booking.com to book a hotel in Abu Dhabi (our first stop), followed by one night in Dubai and four nights in Muscat. For the return trip we booked one night in Abu Dhabi and then straight to Qatar.

Money money

We have been very spoilt living in the Eurozone (apart from Bulgaria and the ocassional trip back home to the UK), most of the time, currency was not an issue. However, for this trip, we would have to change Saudi Riyal, UAE Dirham and Omani Riyal! Currently, UAE Dirham and Saudi Riyal is pretty much like for like in value with Qatari Riyal, however, Omani Riyal is 10:1 QR approximately.

Ready to Roll!

Hotels, money, visas and car ready it was time for one last check, make some sandwiches and make sure we had plenty of water with us. Daytime temperatures in the Middle East hover around the 45 to 50, the last thing you want is to have any problems and get stuck in the heat without any water! The plan of action was to leave at 2am, this would mean we would reach the Saudi border nice and early and also it is great to watch the sunrise as you drive through the desert!

Next Part: Doha to Abu Dhabi




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