I have heard that driving to Dubai from Doha is not a viable option due to hassle of obtaining transit visa's for KSA.
Has anyone ever done this drive and how long it takes.
My husband has done this twice already, it's true there's a lot of hassle in saudi border but as long as u have a complete papers like a visa in saudi u'll be fine and also ur a man so there's no problem, women are not allowed in the border thou...
It took him 6 to 8 hours, from doha to dubai
My query in this regard is when and how do you get the Saudi transit visa. Is it possible to get it at the border while driving to Dubai?
We drove to Abu Dhabi about 6 months ago. It's not all that bad, just know everything will take longer than you would expect and you'll be ok. There is a place down in the souqs to get the transit visa for KSA, it was pretty easy once we figured out where to go. You know that white mosque with all the pigeons around it? Near the McDonalds? If you stand with your back to the white mosque, look across the main street and slightly to your left. On the top floor of the souq building there you will see a sign for Al Hissan Services (or something like that, I can't remember the spelling). Go there. The office is barely more than a desk and a guy at it. Go there and ask what you need (stuff changes all the time!). But, be aware you most likely need a letter of no objection from your sponsor.
Also, be aware that a woman cannot travel through KSA without her husband, brother or father...
OH, and very important!! When you LEAVE the UAE, you will have to PAY! We stopped at the last restaurant when leaving the UAE, spent our last dirhams on lunch then crossed the border. At the last checkpoint (there are several) they wanted UAE dirhams from us (can't remember how much). We said we didn't have any so could we pay by credit card. No, cash only. Ok, where was the ATM? No ATM... Hmm, we can't go back into UAE but there's no ATM and they don't take credit cards. We all just started at each other for a while, until someone "took care of it"... Ah, gotta love life in this part of the world.
You cannot get the transit visa at the border. It takes at least a week to process... but make sure you leave enough time to go home multiple times when trying to apply for it due to "you need just one more thing".
My husband and I are planning to take the same road trip in a couple of weeks. So, we're actually going through the same process as you.
We'd heard some stories of INCREDIBLE hassles applying for a transit visa at the embassy for QR50. So we found a place where for QR75, you hand all your documents over, they submit your papers for the application...you get everything back in 3 or 4 business days. Absolutely hassle-free!
I highly recommend Massoud or Rabir at Al Kanz Co. These gentlemen have been extremely helpful and kind. And because we came prepared, it took less than 5 minutes to complete the transaction!
For directions, timings and the complete list of required documents, Rabir's mobile number is 572-4414.
I have noted the mobile number..thanks ever so much!