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Pictures of our 2nd Central Asia trip 2016 in transit through Saudi Arabia
- From the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border in Batt‘ha to Sharjah and the ferry port to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
Turkmenistan – from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva – May 6th to 10th, 2016
Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 – from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe – May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border in Pamir – June 18th to 27th, 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border at Karkara June 27th to August 9th, 2016
Kazakhstan –  from Kyrgyzstan to Russia border – 9th to August 21st, 2016
Russia Part 2a – from Tretyakovo at Kazakhstan border via Lake Teletskoye to Gorno Altaysk – Aug. 21st to Sept. 26th, 2016
Russia Part 2b from Gorno Altaysk to the Mongolia border and back to the Ukraine border at Krupets – Sept. 26th to Nov. 11th, 2016
Ukraine Part 3 – from Russia border at Hlukiv to Odessa for shipping to Bintulu/Sarawak/Malaysia Nov. 11th to Dec. 5th, 2016
Myanmar (Burma) round trip (=start) – without our vehicle from December 26th, 2016 to January 22nd, 2017
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6-5/3/2017 + continuation from 7/18-9/22/2018
Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip (=start) – from August 22nd, 2017 to May 27th, 2018
Saudi Arabia Map
            Middle East Map
latest picture: January 12, 2016
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This is our eighth visit of Saudi Arabia, whereas seven were transit trips: 1) 5/25/1994 United Arab Emirates-Jordan;
2) 3/10/1996 Jordan-Kuwait; 3) 4/6/1996 Kuwait-Bahrain; 4) 4/10/1996 Bahrain-Qatar; 5) 4/15/1996 Qatar-UAE;
6) 6/15/1996 Yemen-Jordan; 7) 2/2/1999 Jordan-UAE; 8) 1/9/2016 Sudan-UAE
001  Jeddah, 1/9/2016: Upon arrival with the
ferry from the Sudanese port of Suakin at the
Red Sea, we start with our 3 days transit visa
to the U.A.E. and marvel once more at
Jeddah’s artwork: The cars roundabout with
four vehicles encased in concrete …..
002  ….. and the one with a huge globe
(Globe Roundabout) – one of the most
famous city monuments, which is
colorfully lit-up at night
003  Leaving Jeddah, impressing desert
mountains are greeting us; from here the
road #15 climbs to about 5'000 ft. to
Taif to the 6'500 ft. [1'500m] high pass of
the Sarawat mountain range that runs from
Jordan to Yemen along the Red Sea
004  The Wadi Laban Bridge along the
Riyadh ring road #500; below are tens of
thousands of cars impounded by the police
005  Riyadh’s Wadi Laban cable-stayed
bridge. It was opened in 1997, has in each
direction 3 lanes, has a width of 117 ft.
[35.8m] and a length of 2'503 ft. [763m]
006  The suburb of Tuwaiq before
Riyadh appears. We stop at a super-
market and already experience the Arabian
hospitality when a friendly Arab surprises
us with a golden shining flacon of perfume
007  Reddish chains of dunes are stretching
to the right and to the left of the good and
fast desert highway #10 between Haradh
and Al Batt'ha at the UAE border
008  Desert road sign along highway #10:
We have accomplished almost three-quarter
(740mi./16.3h/= Ψ 45mi./h) of the 904 mi.
[1'455km] long transit stretch from
Jeddah to the UAE
009  The sun is setting in the desert,
when we reach Khasrah at 2'766 ft.
[843m] altitude after a daily drive of
390 mi. [628km]/=8.6 hours and camp
at a Sasco Gasoline Station for the night
010  The colorful wagons of a long cargo
train disrupt the monotony of the desert. It
is on its 345 mi. [556km] long journey from
Dammam on the Arabian Gulf via Haradh
to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia with
its 7.7m of people
011  Our LandCruiser on the black asphalt
ribbon of the Saudi highway #10, which runs
before the UAE border dead straight for
162 mi. [261km] through the desert. Result:
The "Longest driven journey" drives on the
"Longest straight road" (Guinness Book)
012  A Bedouin tent in the Saudi
Arabian desert. Bedouins live mainly
of livestock farming. They have a very
special relation to their Arabian camels
(Camelus dromedarius)
013  A herd of camels is roaming through
the endless desert. The desert is their
home. They have a life expectation
of 40 to 50 years …..
014  ….. and can survive two weeks
without any water with a daily march
of at least 25 mi. [40km] …..
015  ….. the proud owner of this
handsome herd is nowadays following
his precious desert ships in a
comfortable air-conditioned SUV
016  Our traveling trio in front of a
golden shimmering sand dune – one of
our most loved scenery. We are located
here between the two big deserts of
Ad-Dahna and Rub' al-Khali
017  Liliana looks happily out of the window
of our LandCruiser. The encounters with
camels spur her love for the desert. Conform
to the country's dress code, she wears a
headscarf and a full-lenght "Abaya"
018  Farewell from the dunes of
Saudi Arabia that fascinated us during
the 900 mi. [1'455km] long transit
route, limited to exactly 72 hours
Next website from the United Arab Emirates:
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border in Batt‘ha to Sharjah and the ferry port to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Next website of our 2nd Central and North Asia trip 2016 to Russia:
Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
The African trip 2013-16:
CapeVerde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
Cape Verde: Sγo Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
Cape Verde: Sγo Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antγo/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antγo/Western side part 2 – April 7th to 10th, 2014
Cape Verde: Sγo Vicente/Mindelo part 2 – April 10th to 29th, 2014
Namibia Part 1 – from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Angola Part 1 – September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Angola Part 2 – October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Namibia Part 2 – from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
South Africa Part 1 – from Namibia border to Capetown – January 22nd to February 23rd, 2015
3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken sideshafts)
South Africa Part 2 – from Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park – February 24th to March 13th, 2015
South Africa Part 3 – from Addo National Park to the Lesotho border – March 13th to April 7th, 2015
Lesotho – April 7th to 15th, 2015
South Africa Part 4 – from the Lesotho to the Swaziland border – April 15th to 23rd, 2015
Swaziland – April 23rd to 28th, 2015
South Africa Part 5 – from the Swaziland to the Botswana border  – April 28th to May 15th, 2015
Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
Ethiopia Part 1 – from Kenya to Djibouti October 25th to November 18th, 2015
Djibouti October 18th to 27th, 2015
Ethiopia Part 2   from Djibouti to Sudan November 27th to December 9th, 2015
Sudan December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016