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Longest Straight Road Found in Saudi Arabia

by Dubaiforum

Saudi Arabia is home to the world’s longest straight road, a remarkable 239-kilometer stretch that connects two cities within the kingdom. This unparalleled segment is part of Saudi Highway 10, a massive 1,474-kilometer road that links the city of Al-Darb in the southwest to Al-Batha in the east.

Despite being a busy route frequently used by cargo trucks transporting goods across the country, this road stands out for its exceptional feature: a 239-kilometer stretch that cuts through the Rub’ al Khali desert, also known as the Empty Quarter, without a single bend.

Originally built as a private road for King Fahd, this segment was later incorporated into the public road system and has earned a Guinness World Record for being the longest straight road globally.

Highway 10’s straight section begins from Highway 75 in the Haradh region, connecting to Highway 95 in western Saudi Arabia. It extends perfectly straight for 239 kilometers before making a slight curve near Al-Batha, close to the Gulf coast and the UAE border.

According to the Guinness World Records, driving along this exceptionally straight segment of the highway takes nearly two hours. Previously, the record for the longest straight road was held by a 146-kilometer stretch in Australia, which remains the longest straight road on that continent.

This extraordinary road not only showcases Saudi Arabia’s engineering capabilities but also serves as a testament to the kingdom’s infrastructural achievements, providing a crucial link across its vast desert landscape.

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