I am always compassionate, understanding and forgiving.
Needless to say, we were most concerned about the safety aspects. The fact that Jumea had made the trip on two previous occassions with his colleagues made us confident.
Almost immediately, the frenzy of getting things done started.
Besides, women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.
This meant that Fakhri would have to be the sole driver.
Saudi Arabia’s visa application form had to be translated to Arabic, Bahrain’s must be type-written.
It took hours merely to sort out these essentials, not to mention the many trips to the respective embassies.
We would have to deal with soaring temperatures running to 50C in unfriendly terrain.
The international driving license I possessed was not recognised in Oman.
It was a smooth ride and we reached the UAE checkpoint at Buraimi about three hours later.
Processing proved rather brisk and it took merely 15 minutes to clear immigration.
And oh, a roof carrier, battery cable jumper, towing wire rope and road maps. The kids, all hyped up, were easily aroused from sleep.