Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Overnight in the Saudi desert and flight to Doha

Well the middle east has certainly met with expectation so far, Camels, sandstorms, cups of very sweet chai tea, loads of Bedouin tents in the desert. So many in fact that in some regions if you had to have landed you would easily have picked a populated place - the standard set up appeared to be a few big tents, some 4X4s a couple of dozen camels in a herd and the very essential big road tanker lorry presumably full of water (which really is more expensive to buy here than fuel).

Today started with a nice cup of Chai from my very nice Arab hosts - they could speak no English as I no Arabic so we worked with sign language admirably. 

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  1. Thank you Norman for a great travelogue. Your sojourn in the desert is the stuff of legend and really shows what an adventure this is. Great photo's from the 'petrol station' give an idea of how far you have come from the well regulated 'West'. You really could have gone back in time.
    It's a pity that at the larger airports there is so much red tape and expense. But soon you will be in the Asian sub-continent of Pakistan/India/Bangladesh with a whole new style of culture to experience. Safe, onwards, journey and happy landings.

  2. Pleased to see the photo of Gyrox at the petrol station in today's London Metro paper, that's a classic!

    Looking forward to reading more of the blog later.

  3. I really enjoyed reading your account of your time with the bedouins. I had to smile when I saw the picture advertising 95 petrol! You can get it in the middle of the Saudi desert but not in Aswan!
    We have been following your route avidly since you left October 6th airport and are always relieved when you land safely at your destination.
    Continued good luck for your future travels. We will be following your progress with keen interest.

  4. Good luck Norman from all the people at Olderfleet bar, Olderfleet School and Larne Harbour.

  5. Hi Norman
    This is Asif from Saudi Arabia
    Wish you all the best and God Bless You