Road Trip between Dubai, Abu-Dhabi UAE and Riyadh

One of the very common road trips through the Arabian deserts is one that takes you from Riyadh, Saudi-Arabia to Abu-Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE. The road trip through Kharj, Saudi-Arabia is an old road that takes through the sand deserts of Saudi-Arabia to the border of the UAE. The following pictures shows some of what you may see on that trip.

Leaving Kharj takes you through these deserts.

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The desert is different from the typical sand dunes that one would expect. This is rock and sand and the landscape is mostly flat.

saudi uae road trip sand dunes

This road from Riyadh through the town of Kharj is the old road but shorter in distance by about 100 kilometers.

saudi abu dhabi dubai uae road trip sand road through kharj

Approaching the town of Batha at the border between Saudi-Arabia and the UAE.

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The following picture is the ‘border area’ between Saudi-Arabia and the UAE.

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As soon as you cross into UAE, you will be required to buy car insurance from this plaza.

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Date as a food consumption in the Middle East and Saudi-Arabia

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Dates are one of the primary staple foods of many Middle Eastern countries. Each household almost always carries dates and they are almost always served to the guests of the house along with Arabic coffee. Countries such as Saudi-Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and other Arabian Gulf countries are heavy consumers of dates. Dates are grown extensively n Saudi-Arabia in the areas of Qassim and Madinah.

Saudi Dates Season

In Saudi-Arabia, the date season starts in July when the dates ripen on the trees. It’s normal to see markets get flooded with all types of dates. Merchants from all small towns where dates are grown flock to the main cities to sell their crops. The below pictures provide a sense of the date season in Saudi-Arabia.

Saudi Dates from Al-Qassim region. Also called Sukkary Dates
Saudi Dates from Al-Qassim region. Also called Sukkary Dates
Saudi dates selling in markets
Saudi dates selling in markets
Saudi traders and merchants selling dates in the dates season
Saudi market selling dates
Saudi market with various stalls selling dates