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Post details of offroad clubs, routes, locations etc for KSA in this thread
 

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Good directions to Edge of the World that we followed......

Very cool - Thanks for posting!
If the border ever opens again, and they allow expats to bring their own vehicles I'd love to do a (off)road trip around KSA.
So many cool places to visit, and not hyper commercialised.
 

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Very cool - Thanks for posting!
If the border ever opens again, and they allow expats to bring their own vehicles I'd love to do a (off)road trip around KSA.
So many cool places to visit, and not hyper commercialised.
There is a new license that the GCC countries are moving to that allows driving in all GCC countries, I should get mine soon. I still want to visit Al Ula, but it's a 10+ hour drive from Riyadh and the places to stop and get food and gas get extremely sparse on those roads. Not to mention that safe/clean bathrooms for women are extremely hard to find in the Saudi boondocks.
 

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There is a new license that the GCC countries are moving to that allows driving in all GCC countries, I should get mine soon. I still want to visit Al Ula, but it's a 10+ hour drive from Riyadh and the places to stop and get food and gas get extremely sparse on those roads. Not to mention that safe/clean bathrooms for women are extremely hard to find in the Saudi boondocks.
Yeah... Saudi gas station toilets...
I think I'll be mentally scarred for life.
 

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There is a new license that the GCC countries are moving to that allows driving in all GCC countries, I should get mine soon. I still want to visit Al Ula, but it's a 10+ hour drive from Riyadh and the places to stop and get food and gas get extremely sparse on those roads. Not to mention that safe/clean bathrooms for women are extremely hard to find in the Saudi boondocks.
For food on the road I have a fridge, and am seriously tempted by a travel buddy for something warm.
For pit stops - that's a different story - You obviously know the challenges of rural Saudi far better than I do.
I don't think the license is the issue, it's the visa for a land crossing and the carnet required...
Let's see what happens next year when the borders open again (hopefully).
I'm also hoping for the Oman border to open, but that might take some time as well.
Absolutely zero issues driving to Oman you don't even get out of the car when leaving the UAE, and depending on what passport you hold, you might not even have to get out on the Oman side of the border.
 

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There is a new license that the GCC countries are moving to that allows driving in all GCC countries, I should get mine soon. I still want to visit Al Ula, but it's a 10+ hour drive from Riyadh and the places to stop and get food and gas get extremely sparse on those roads. Not to mention that safe/clean bathrooms for women are extremely hard to find in the Saudi boondocks.
G'day,

I managed to get to Al Ula and Madain Saleh from Jeddah back in March this year before they shut it down in preparation for more tourism infrastructure developments. Although it's a different route and a little bit shorter, it was a fairly easy drive and I was with a female friend.

Where abouts in Saudi are you based?

Cheers,
Christo
 
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