Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
Hotel California - Eagles
I drove from Kuwait to Bahrain a while back and it was interesting. I took some pictures, you can click on them to get the larger picture.
First you need to drive South to the Nuwaiseeb border crossing and as soon as you get your papers in order you drive through no man's land which is the area between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
No Man's Land
Quite a few blogger's and others crave for Hungry Bunny that got globalized into Burger king back here in Kuwait.Well, I have good news, I found a Hungry Bunny Joint in Khafji which is the first border town in Saudi Arabia right after the Kuwaiti border, and here is the proof:
I am so Hungry
After passing through Khafji you find yourself on a single lane asphalt road that you need to drive on. There where road signs that warned about camels crossing. I did not manage to take pictures of that but Camels crossing the road is not a joke. If you hit a camel it is like slamming into a thick concrete wall and you can get yourself killed or worse. Being alone on a long desert road, it is tempting to speed but you need to be alert and careful.
Need for Speed - NOTE: This speed was taken by a trained professional, do not try this yourself.
On the open road you need to also watch out for slow moving tankers and trucks that drive at around 100 km/hr. Be careful of just over taking them because there may be another car surprising you and driving straight at you.
Slow moving tanker
No cars in sight, maybe I should overtake.
If you feel the urge to to buy something then you can find some road side shopping. It is not the Avenues but worthwhile to check out. You can find some made in china sadu carpets, fluffy arm rests and imitation leather coats.
Road Side Shopping
Once you pass Jubail, you can enjoy a 2 lane highway.
Two Lane Highway
I saw a huge line of trucks and tankers that where parked. I don't think they where stopped for speeding or for traffic violations, possibly they are only allowed to drive at certain hours. I was wondering where did the drivers go and how they would get back. I don't think they walked to the nearest truck stop, it is too far away.
Long line of Trucks
As far as the eye can see.
You get to see friendly signs on the road, other than that there is not much scenery other than stretches of desert.
I'd love to know who had too much time on his hand and stopped to tag this sign with graffiti
As soon as you reach Dammam, take a left and follow the signs to Bahrain until you reach the bridge, or causeway as it is officially called.
Over the bridge
Getting closer to Bahrain
In the middle of the bridge, you reach the Saudi / Bahraini border post where you get your passport stamped, your car searched and then you enter Bahrain.
Middle of the Bridge to Bahrain
Finished the formalities, welcome to Bahrain