Traveling to UAE from Saudi Arabia

Working in the Middle East Provides More Opportunity to Travel 

Working in Saudi Arabia is being in the center of the world, which means a great opportunity to travel great places and countries from East to West. Today i would like to guide you as how to travel to United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia. UAE is extremely popular and famous, perhaps because of Dubai City, where most of the biggest, the tallest and grandest things on earth exist.

Last June 2017, during the Eid Holidays, i had a chance to visit UAE from Saudi Arabia. I was very excited because it was my first time travelling to UAE and my first time travelling to another country outside Saudi Arabia. As a residence here in the gulf travelling to UAE is not too difficult because of our residence card.

At first I was not planning to visit UAE, it wasn’t really my intention. However, there was one travel agency that offered a very reasonable price which would tour you around Abu Dhabi and Dubai for five days. So I made my decision, went to the travel agency and book my reservation. Question? am I allowed to travel to UAE as a Filipino without visa? The answer is no, as a Filipino even if I have residence card in Saudi Arabia, I have to pre-arrange or get the visa first prior going to UAE.

From afar the visible sky-scrappers of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

For Faster Visa Approval Apply Through Travel Agency 

In my case, it was very easy because the travel agency did all the preparations including visa arrangement. However, if you want to get the visa by yourself, you can either apply through UAE consulate personally or download your application on their website. Since UAE is not too far from Saudi Arabia, I went there by land trip.

Behind me is the entrance of the Emirates Palace hotel, one of the scenes of Fast & Furious was filmed here.

From Al-Khobar City to Abu Dhabi it took around 8 hours by bus including traffic jam and immigration checkpoint. Indeed it was very exhausting, Abu Dhabi City is the capital city of United Arab Emirates, just like Dubai, Abu Dhabi is full of high skyscrapers and establishments.

My Impression of Abu Dhabi 

The city is lively and many tourists are roaming around, Abu Dhabi city is tolerant and foreigners are able to enjoy mostly of their usual activities in their homeland. UAE is very open, expat women are wearing whatever clothes they want to, liquor is also available in Abu Dhabi.

At the corniche of Abu Dhabi City, behind me is the sprawling skyscrapers of the city.

On our first day, we went to the beautiful cor-niche overlooking the entire marina bay of the city, it was very mesmerizing seeing skyscrapers from afar and taking great shots. However, my excitement turned into chaos when I’d suddenly lost my iPhone 7.

I was frantic looking around the places where I had been and asking people whether they have seen it or not. Luckily, it was pickup by one of the tourists who were in the same bus where I was in. It was a sigh of relief after I got my iPhone back.

Our next stop was at Marina Mall, others went to Ferrari World a very popular theme  park in Abu Dhabi. However, I did not go there due to the tension I had experienced almost losing my iPhone for good. So  I decided to go to Marina mall and spent a couple of hours there.

The flag of United Arab Emirates standing up high in the sky.

After going to Marina Mall, we headed to the extravagant Emirates Palace Hotel for picture taking, the hotel is among the most expensive hotels in the world, in fact one of the scenes of the Fast and Furious was filmed here. The entrance of the hotel is like the structure usually seen in Paris, the hotel is so big and spacious. Though it was very hot and humid outside, tourists got out from their vehicles to have a photo of this landmark.

Great Travel Experience 

My visit in Abu Dhabi city was worth remembering, being able to see the city full of greatness and wealth. A place full of memories and wonderful things to offer, please watch out for the continuation of this post about my trip to Dubai.

Author: montergv

The author is currently based in Saudi Arabia, the holiest land of Islam. He’s a full-time employee of the largest energy company in the world. He’s a graduate of Communication Management, loves to write and travel.