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One of the things our family loves to do in the winter when the weather is nice (typically in the 70s) is to go into the Jeddah desert east of KAUST.  Its amazing that only 30 minutes drive from our house we can find such an unspoiled, empty, and beautiful landscape.  When we have more time available (like a 3-day weekend) we also like to visit the desert in Dubai and Wadi Rum and have been to both twice, but for a short day trip option the Jeddah desert is very nice.  Once there our kids really love sliding down the sand dunes on boogie boards, bonfire cookouts with smores, and after dark enjoying all the stars in the sky with zero light pollution.  Below are some of my favorite pictures from some of our many visits over the winter of 2018 and 2019.

Camels grazing in the Jeddah Desert
Jeddah Desert Sand Dunes and Mountain


My name is Don Owens and I am a Chemical Engineer, US Expat, FIRE Enthusiast, Author, and Frequent Traveler. I blog about life as an Expat in KSA, my journal toward financial independence, travel, and science.

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