5 road MidEast trips to try for Eid Al Adha
Hit the road for an adventure-filled drive in the Middle East
Instead of flying out using a luxury airline this Eid Al Adha, opt for a traditional Middle Eastern road trip for some exploratory time with friends and family. Travel solutions website HolidayMe.com has revealed 5 activity-filled road trips you can take in the region this holiday. Abu Dhabi, UAE to Al Gharbia, UAE: Just three hours and 30 minutes away from Abu Dhabi, Al Gharbia is dubbed “where the desert meets the sea”. It has both limitless sand dunes and numerous beaches and islands, where you can try adventurous off-road driving or bold water sports. Al Gharbia also houses some of the UAE’s rarest wildlife and is home to culture monuments such as ancient forts.\nDistance: (Via Abu Dhabi - Ghweifat International Hwy/E11) 236km. Bahrain to Kuwait: According to HolidayMe.com, the five-hour road trip from Bahrain to Kuwait begins with “grand views of the sea in the very first lap of your journey.” However, before hitting the road, the holiday solutions provider insists on double checking relevant travel documents such as identification papers. Once in Kuwait, it recommends feasting on a local fish specialty “zbey-di” which features a variety of seafood. Downtown Kuwait also houses one of the country’s older traditional markets, El Mbarkeya Souq, where you can shop for souvenirs or vintage items. Kuwait is also home to museums, parks and the selfie-worthy Kuwait Towers. Distance: (Via Route 95) 494km. Doha, Qatar to Zekreet, Qatar: Just one hour and 10 minutes away from modern Doha, Zekreet village is home to some of the region’s most celebrated wildlife and species. For one, its home to the biggest ostrich roam-free farm in the region. It also has a large oryx farm where you can visit and view the deer-like creatures and interact with them. Zekreet is also home to impressive rock formations, according to HolidayMe.com.\nDistance: (Via Dukhan Highway) 81.4km. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Oman via Dammam, Saudi Arabia: This might be one of the longest road trips on the list, but HolidayMe.com insists it’s worth the ride. As you pass through Riyadh towards Dammam, you can enjoy coastal towns, natural reserves, mountain ranges, and activities such as trekking, fishing, bird watching and more. As for Oman, it offers its own share of crystal clear beaches, archaeological sites, and traditional souks.\nDistance: (Via Route 80M) 411 km, time: 3 hours 40 mins. (Via Route 522 and Route 615) 454 km, time: 4 hours. Amman, Jordan to Wadi Rum, Jordan: Jordan is a great option when it comes to road trips because the country’s exceptionally rich with ancient cultural monuments as well as diverse natural attractions. And Wadi Rum happens to be one of them. Located in southern Jordan, the protected valley boasts sandstone mountains, rugged river beds and steep canyons coated with natural rock colours ranging from pastel pinks to bright reds. While the ride takes approximately 4 hours from Amman, it’s worth the drive. Once you arrive, you will be escorted on a two-hour drive in a 4x4, a 30-minute camel ride and a visit to a Bedouin tent to meet friendly locals.\nDistance: (Via Desert Highway) 326.5km.