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Five scenic GCC road trips you must take this Eid-Al-Adha


Aug 23 2016

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In a time when getting on an airplane is not only feasible (thank you, low-cost airlines!) but also practical (read: limited leave from work), road trips seem passé. Who has time for those anyway? But what we told you road-trips are flexible, can be taken at any time of the year, and are much more cost-effective than elaborate vacations?

Listed below are five road trips Holidayme.com recommends for you and your friends or family within the GCC.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Al Gharbia, UAE

Distance: (Via Abu Dhabi - Ghweifat International Highway/E11) 236 km,

Approx. time: Three hours and 30 minutes

Want to experience UAE’s most adventurous off-road driving? Head to Al Gharbia, located in the municipal region of Abu Dhabi, and you will not be disappointed at all. The three and half hour-long journey offers incredibly dramatic scenery, including the magnificent sight of the largest dunes this side of the Sahara. Along its long coastline are fabulous beaches and islands while its revered history is encompassed amongst its ancient forts. Al Gharbia is sparsely populated and also home to UAE’s rarest wildlife.

Bahrain to Kuwait

Distance: (Via Route 95) 494 km,

Time: Four hours and 45 minutes

A road trip from Bahrain to Kuwait promises to be spectacular. It begins with grand views of the sea in the very first lap of your journey from Bahrain to Kuwait on the King Fahad Causeway. Make sure you carry all the relevant documents – right from identification papers to documentation for your car. Once in Kuwait, feast on a local fish speciality “zbey-di”, a delightful variety served fresh almost only in Kuwait.

You could also go shopping at one of oldest and traditional markets in downtown Kuwait, El Mbarkeya souq. Make sure your bargaining skills are on point, as you will find great things to take back home. If you have time, do explore the museums, parks and malls of this beautiful city. However, don’t forget to click a selfie at the gorgeous ‘Kuwait Towers’ before you head back home.

Doha, Qatar – Zekreet, Qatar

Distance: (Via Dukhan Highway) 81.4 km,

Time: One hour and ten minutes

We recommend an exhilarating road trip from the capital city of Qatar, Doha to Zekreet village; you will most likely be greeted by an ostrich sprinting along beside you. The ostrich farm of Zekreet is the biggest in the region. Drive a little further and you’ll find the Oryx farm. You can visit and view these animals as you drive through. That is not all; Zekreet is also home to amazing rock formations and views.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Dammam, Oman

Distance:

(Via Route 80M) 411 km, Time: Three hours and 40 minutes

(Via Route 522 and Route 615) 454 km, Time: Four hours

One of the longest road trips on our list, Riyadh to Dammam, is sure to satisfy even the most critical case of wanderlust. Trust us; this is one trip that you can’t go wrong with! While the new Saudi-Oman highway is all set to reduce the distance between these countries, for now, you could enjoy the road-tripping to Oman via UAE.

Your rewards as you pass through Riyadh towards Dammam: beautiful coastal towns, nature reserves, vivid mountain ranges and plenty of opportunities for trekking, fishing and bird watching and so much more!

Amman, Jordan to Wadi Rum

Distance: (Via Desert Highway) 326.5 km,

Time: Four hours

The chance to drive to Wadi Rum or the Valley of Moon, a 74,000-hectare property, from the capital city Amman, is a dream road trip.

This protected valley boasts of lofty sandstone mountains, rugged river beds and steep gorges, all coated in a kaleidoscope of natural rock colors right from faint pinks to vivid reds. It takes roughly four hours to arrive at the wadi’s entrance. You can opt for a guided tour, a popular way to explore this gorgeous set up. A typical two-hour tour includes being driven in a 4X4 with a bedouin driver, a 30-minute camel ride and a visit to Bedouin tent to meet the friendly locals.

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