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Old 8 May 2005
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crossing Saudi Arabia? latest info?

Hi, I'm a norwegian student at the pressent studying in Cairo Egypt, I have been here for a year and bought myself an Suzuki DR650 Djebel, for fun in the south. Anyway, my year in Egypt is soon over, but I wish to take my Matilda for a round trip, crossing the arabian peninsula, over to Djibouti, Ethiopia, and back through Sudan to Cairo.

I have heard that it is possible to get a 7 day transit visa for SA if you're going to Bahrain or UAE, but I was thinking about going straight for Oman, and Yemen. Any suggestions on regulations and so forth? Route alternatives as well as information on bordercrossing from Oman to UAE or SA , and between Oman and Yemen is mosthelpfull. This would also include any regulations for visa and such for Djibouti.

Sudan and Ethiopia are countries that are somewhat familiar to me.

Questions on motorbiking in Egypt will also be answered if someone askes.
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hi there,
I hope I didn't arrive late in here, with my answers .. but being a Saudi travelling biker within Saudi Arabia .. and surronding countries.

yes you can get a visitors visa I think, if you approached the embassy in Egypt I belive .. its called now adays a tourism visa. you can also apply for that from one of the Discover the Kingdom program operators. I will have to look for the link for their websites .. and email it ..

if you are to come from Egypt the best way to do it I think, is to come to any point to the north west entry points of Saudi Arabia .. then ride your way to the South .. the dessert toward Yemen, along the Red Sea Cost, but if you would have extra miles to ride and would like to reach oman .. thats also another option but you will have to get to hail then ride to Riyadh city, then from there take the new road going to UAE which is a big shortcut but very close to the empty quarter so you will get a piece of that as well, untill you reach UAE you can from there Ride to oman then to yemen. I haven't heard about riders doing it this way though. all what I heared is to oman and back again.

anyways you can count on some Saudi backup friends now how can give you support in this trip ..

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