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Saudi Arabia : Makka al-Mukarrama

5.5 km (3.4 miles) W of al-Watāt, Makka, Saudi Arabia
Approx. altitude: 1023 m (3356 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 22°S 138°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
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#2: The view to the North #3: The view to the East showing the "X" #4: The GPS reading

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  22°N 42°E (visit #1)  

#1: The view to the West

(visited by Alistair Rausch and Sean Rausch)

02-Dec-2002 -- Some lucky employees in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are given a compulsory break at the end of the holy month of Ramaḍān. I was one of them, but was unable to find any others that had stayed in the Kingdom and who were interested in a long trek through the desert. Therefore, I decided to visit the south-west region of Saudi Arabia on conventional tarmac roads rather than across the desert. So, my son, Sean, and I embarked on a six-day journey of nearly three thousand kilometres which was routed to visit the region’s sights as well as take us past as many confluence points as possible (see also 20N 45E, 19N 45E, 18N 44E, 18N 43E, 19N 43E, 21N 43E, 24N 43E).

Having successfully visited the 21N 43E confluence against the odds, we pushed on north through the town of Ranya. Soon after, the road took a bearing to the north-west and after passing through the small town of al-Khurma, we left the road heading north over the gravel plains. Within a few kilometres we were parked at the confluence point.

Apart from hitting the deep ruts formed by well-used tracks, this Confluence was as easy as they come. It is situated in the middle of a vast, flat gravel plain sparsely populated with small acacia bushes.

Continued at 24N 43E.


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#1: The view to the West
#2: The view to the North
#3: The view to the East showing the "X"
#4: The GPS reading
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