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Saudi Arabia : al-Šarqiyya

50.4 km (31.3 miles) SSE of al-Jafr, al-Šarqiyya, Saudi Arabia
Approx. altitude: 152 m (498 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 25°S 130°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: 25N 50E view to the East #3: 25N 50E view to the South #4: 25N 50E view to the West #5: 25N 50E Yes we were there ! #6: The nearest road sign from the confluence point.

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#1: 25N 50E view to the North

(visited by Marc Lamontagne and Lise Roussel)

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21-Feb-2002 -- Nous avions déjà prévu ce petit voyage dans le désert suivi d'une visite à des amis à Abū Ẓaby lorsque j'ai découvert le site web de ce projet. Lise et moi étions tout excités en regardant nos cartes géographiques de l'Arabie de voir que nous pourrions aller visiter quelques points de confluence.

Nous avons quitté al-Ẓahrān à 8h00 du matin et nous avons atteint ce point de confluence à 11h10. Accès relativement facile, à environ 6 km de la route. Cette route est celle qui va de Hufūf jusqu'aux Émirats Arabes Unis, en passant tout près du Qaṭar.

Le paysage est très égal, dunes de sable blanc. Nous sommes demeurés là pour luncher et nous avons eu la visite d'un bédouin conduisant un Pick Up Toyota. Il suivait son troupeau de dromadaires qui s'alimentaient un peu plus loin. Il y a tellement de ces animaux qui errent dans le coin que les automobilistes doivent être très prudents sur les routes, un panneau de signalisation en témoigne.

A 11h45 nous quittions le point pour reprendre la route vers le point 24N 51E où nous prévoyons camper ce soir.

English version

21-Feb-2002 -- We had already planned this small trip in the desert followed by a visit to some of our friends in Abū Ẓaby when I discovered this website. Lise and I were very excited looking at our maps of Saudi Arabia and discovering that we could visit a few confluence points during our trip.

We left al-Ẓahrān at 8:00 in the morning and we reached this first confluence point at 11:10. Relatively easy access, at only 6 km from the road. This road is the one that goes from Hufūf to the United Arab Emirates, passing very near Qaṭar.

It is an even landscape with dunes of white sand. We had lunch on the site and we had the visit of a Bedouin driving a Toyota pick-up truck. He was following his herd of camels that were grazing a little further away. There are so many of these animals around here that the drivers must be very careful on the roads, and we can see those road signs everywhere.

At 11:45 we left the site, on our way to the 24N 51E confluence point, where we plan to camp tonight.


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#1: 25N 50E view to the North
#2: 25N 50E view to the East
#3: 25N 50E view to the South
#4: 25N 50E view to the West
#5: 25N 50E Yes we were there !
#6: The nearest road sign from the confluence point.
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