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Driving from UAE to Europe

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1. Posted by rogerlau (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hello

I'm off to Dubai in the New Year for a work assignment that will last about 3 months. Afterwards I was thinking about buying a car and driving all the way back to Europe/UK. My provisional route would be:

UAE to Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia to Qatar then back into SA? (by default rather than choice I think but if anyone can advise please do so)
SA to Jordan then Syria then Turkey
Turkey to Greece
Greece to anywhere in the EU (hopefully going through EU should be fairly straightforward)

I would be grateful to here from anyone who has done similar journeys and can pass on any advice, especially going through Saudi Arabia.

Many Thanks

2. Posted by kmjamal (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

If you Travel all the way from saudi Arabia basically saudi arabia connects to all middle east countries and there is a way to travel all those countries .

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3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

I am surprised that just a few people know that getting a (transit) visa for SA is not easy and if you get one it will be valid for 3 days and you will only get one if there is no other way of getting from point a to point b (UAE to Jordan for example). Other visas are for workers, muslims doing the hadj and for organized trip only!

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Agree with Utrecht, visa for KSA will be a major pain. Your best chance is if you hold a Swiss passport, are a single male and speak fluent Arabic.

Carnet de passage and visa for Syria will be fun too. :-( And don't get me started on the bureaucratic hurdles of importing a car into the EU (which you would be doing).

Apart from the once-in-a-lifetime-chance to get a visa to KSA as a non-muslim traveller I would not bother with taking a car from the UAE to Europe. I would seriously investigate selling the car in Jordan, Syria or Turkey. From Jordan or Egypt onward there is excellent public transport available. Many people backpack overland from Istanbul to Cairo or vice versa, it is really not necessary to travel by car.