airxliban
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Driving From Morocco To The UAE

Tue Dec 06, 2005 9:50 am

In the early stages of contemplating a nice little trip from Morocco to Oman and trying to figure out 1. how feasible such an endeavour would be and 2. what would be the best way to go about it.

I realise that the Middle East isn't quite as easy to drive through as the US, for instance, which is why I emphasise that I've only just started to think about this.

I imagine I can travel throughout Morrocco by car, but what about going into Algeria and Libya? Do roads exist and is it safe? Is there anything worth seeing in Algeria? Are there boats from Morocco to Algiers, or to Tunis? What about from Tunis to Tripoli and then onto Alexandria?

Once in Egypt I had some ideas about how to get around, but then I was thinking of where to go from there. Could I take a ferry to Aqaba from there? Once in Jordan, I would have no problem, but then where do I go from there...is there ANYTHING between the Jordanian border and Dammam, for instance? Could I even get a visa as a tourist? Wasn't there something in the news recently about Saudi Arabia opening up to tourists?

From Dammam, I was thinking that I could go to Qatar and from there take a boat to the UAE and then I assume I could drive to Muscat, at the very least.

But what about from Muscat to Sanaa, are there roads?

From Yemen, I figured I'd just fly back to Lebanon - should be easy enough.

Any help would be appreciated!
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Doona
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RE: Driving From Morocco To The UAE

Tue Dec 06, 2005 9:57 am

I'd stay out of Algeria, since there are people with guns there who want to kill all foreigners, but I suppose that if you are Lebanese you won't stand out of a crowd as much as I would. AFAIK, Libya is supposed to have fairly good roads, and very nice coastal areas.

I wish I could go with you!

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RE: Driving From Morocco To The UAE

Tue Dec 06, 2005 10:44 am

In the 1970s my parents drove from Rabat (Morocco) through Algeria to Hammamet & Tunis (Tunisia). Don't even ask me how they did it!

There is a website floating around out there about people who did an overland trip from Europe to South Africa with stops in various African and Middle Eastern countries. There was A LOT of VALUABLE info listed there when doing a trip such as the one you're thinking of. Issues with taxing your vehicle based on what fuel it takes, if border agents like you, time of day, etc.. all play a part in the trip. I wish I could find the original site, but here are some that deal with overland crossings. Libyan Visas might be a problem for some nationalities.

Are you planning on driving in a Rover? I hope so.

About Egypt, I know there is a road that goes out to the Red Sea (Hurghada Road... towards the Suez and then goes south). You can go north however to the Sinai also and then either go down the Sinai to Sharm or take a northerly road (along the coast or through the Sinai itself). The northern road(s) MIGHT be off limit to foreigners (or so I read once) in certain parts (esp. near El Airsh). Also, once you get into Egypt I highly suggest a stop at the Siwa Oasis near the Libyan border (WELL WORTH THE TREK!!!). Egypt's first Ecolodge is there  Smile

I WISH I COULD GO ON A TRIP LIKE THAT!!! SOUNDS AWESOME!!!

http://www.egy.com/social/00-10-12.7.shtml

http://www.egy.com/social/00-10-12.2.shtml

http://www.geocities.com/capetolondon/home/africaInfo.htm

http://www.africa-overland.net/current.html

Google helps!
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RE: Driving From Morocco To The UAE

Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:05 pm

I have driven around in Morocco and Tunisia, but in Algeria, I used taxi, bus and "feet". But suppose, that in Algeria, if you keep to the Med. seashore, it should be no security problem. Libya has good roads and now wants to open to tourism, so that it should NOT be a big problem. In Egypt, driving is excellent, except their a bit "individual" driving style. I do NOT know about ferries to Aqaba, but as far as I know, there are ferries between Alexandria and Limassol and between Limassol and Beirut. Was driving in both the UAE (between Abu Dhabi and Ras-al-Khaimah = excellent roads) and also in the Muscat area. In Oman, the car rental company advised me NOT to drive into the mountains but did NOT see any problem with driving to Salalah .
 
RobertNL070
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RE: Driving From Morocco To The UAE

Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:52 pm

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
a nice little trip from Morocco to Oman

What is a nice big trip then?  silly 

Sounds very good.

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Alessandro
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RE: Driving From Morocco To The UAE

Tue Dec 06, 2005 9:13 pm

I think you can get a transit visa for KSA valid for 48 hrs, ask in Cairo.
Yes, there´s a ferry between Sinai and Jordan, there´s also a road tunnel to
Sinai so you don´t need to take the ferry over the Suez-canal.
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RE: Driving From Morocco To The UAE

Tue Dec 06, 2005 9:14 pm

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 4):
What is a nice big trip then?

Suppose a BIG one would be from Casablanca to Khabarovsk !

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