Highway 10: World’s Longest Straight Road

  • 17 May 2024

In May 2024, Saudi Arabia’s Highway 10 has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s longest straight road, surpassing Australia’s Eyre Highway.

  • This remarkable achievement marks a new milestone in transportation infrastructure, offering travellers an uninterrupted journey across the vast Rub Al-Khali desert.
  • Highway 10 spans 256 kilometres (159 miles) without any bends or appreciable gradient, traversing the largest sand desert in the world.
  • The estimated driving time for this stretch is around two hours.
  • Initially constructed as a private road for King Fahd, the highway connects Haradh, known for its oil and gas reserves, to Al Batha near the UAE border.
  • Previously, the Eyre Highway in Australia held the record with a 146-kilometer straight stretch.
  • Despite the lack of curves, drivers must remain vigilant due to potential hazards like stray camels and desert conditions.
  • The exact purpose behind the road’s construction remains speculative, but it is believed to have served as a high-speed route for the King.
  • Highway 10 stands as a testament to modern engineering and offers a unique driving experience requiring careful driver attention.