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Well the photograph is obviously of the road back home.  Instead of flying to Dammam – bad – I decided to try driving.  I wanted to have my meetings and return home the same day.  It works!  but I have to say that I had a wonderful journey, so that may have something to do with it.

The weather was perfect and the cloud shielded the sun most of the way there and back.  No camels and it was a day off for road idiots – though some did come in to check emails.  Immigration and Customs were great on both sides of the border.  I stayed in my car for the whole routine and the queues were only on the way back, when I saw all of three cars ahead of me.

For my meetings in the East of Saudi Arabia, here is a short comparison for me:

By Air: Packing, driving to airport, checking in, waiting, flying, driving to hotel, unpacking, sleeping, waking up, changing, driving to meeting, lunch, driving to airport, checking in, waiting, flying, driving home.

By Road: Wake up, change, drive to meeting, lunch, drive home!


  1. I know which I would choose, as long as the traffic is as light as that always. The Damman airport is a little bit creepy to me. It’s always so big and so empty feeling, there’s something about it that’s not quite right.

  2. Nice photo.
    What camera/lens do you use?

  3. — You’re right intlxpatr. I agree it’s a very strange place.

    — Thank you Abid.
    My camera is a Nikon D300 and the lens are Nikkor 18-200.

    I should say that the lighting in the photograph above could have been captured with a mobile phone! There is sand from the construction company which offered the deep colour on the right, the normal sand in the middle and the road’s colours and texture. The sign is a little dimmed due to the time of day (it was twenty minutes before sunset) and the clouds were not spectacular but offered a nice background. Finally the sunlight at this time is perfect for almost any photograph.

    Good luck.

  4. I like long drives, I like to prepare for a long drive. You did not say about what you had with you in the car for the road, snacks, drinks what music you played, those are essential man 😉

  5. — Patrick

    I love long drives – but during holidays. This was a business trip so I didn’t get to enjoy preparing, although I know exactly what you mean. I have a lease car so I couldn’t use my own. I used my wife’s car and my companion was my daughter’s baby doll. Made the customs guy smile 🙂

    There were left over sweets that my wife felt too guilty to throw away and they tasted horrible – but I finished them. Music was compliments of 99.7 and I could still hear Linda 150km from Kuwait’s border!

  6. haha, left over sweets? She should of felt sorry for you not the sweets! 🙂

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