Through the sea of dunes...
Trip Start Jul 16, 2009
9Trip End Aug 14, 2009
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We sailed along, kids were asleep again, and my husband was getting sleepy as well but we still had a couple of hours to the border. After passing all the agricultural bounties (remember the date farms, dairy farms, etc.) we entered the Empty Quarter -- thankfully this time in daylight, and early enough in the day that the sand wasn't blistering hot
The front loaders were out in force along the road, but still there were areas where the highway quite literally was one lane only. There wasn't much traffic, so it didn't slow us down much. We reached the Saudi border at around noon, where there was a huge slow down. First the trucks. There are so many trucks that are sitting and waiting at the Saudi border. I'm not sure of the cause of the delays, but it has been bad enough to cause official complaints as companies' products were becoming ruined as they sat in trucks at the Saudi border waiting to be cleared. The whole Saudi border issue is thorny; the Emirates has tried to build a water bridge to Qatar to circumvent the Saudi border, but to date has not been able to do so.
We were able to carely skirt the trucks and get to the immigration window, where we had to wait for nearly half an hour. Only one attendant was on duty; there were five cars in front of us, and quickly 10+ cars lined up behind us. Finally, however, we made it through and were back home in the Emirates.