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Offering everything from sun-kissed beaches to snow-peaked mountaintops, the MENA region – Middle East and North Africa – spans from Morocco in the west to Lebanon in the north, Oman in the east and Saudi Arabia in the south

You’ll like it here. See for yourself as arid desert becomes cool oasis or a vast forest, and spending the night under the stars in the Wadi Rum has to be experienced. And then you’ll meet the people; this is a region with many contrasts in culture, customs, religion and appearance. There is no better way to explore this region than on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle and with the Harley Owners Group® family.

 1. Morocco

A North African country that has a coastline on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Moroccan culture is a blend of Arab, indigenous Berber, sub-Saharan African and European influences. Its official languages are Arabic and Berber, but you’ll hear French everywhere.

Morocco is a cheap and exotic yet safe place for tourists, and the main focus is on its ancient cities. Agadir is a major coastal resort and is a great base for tours to the Atlas Mountains. Meanwhile, Casablanca (yes, the place from the film) has the best-developed market for travellers. That said, Marrakech is also a popular destination and is best for one- and two-day excursions that provide a taste of Morocco’s history and culture.

There is a H-D® dealership in Casablanca and respective sponsored chapters: you can find out more at

2. Algeria

Algeria is Africa’s largest country, but most of the population is in the small coastal region because the Sahara Desert covers its entire southern part. The capital and most populous city is Algiers and the official language is Arabic, but French is also spoken and the language of the indigenous Berber has been constitutionally recognised.

To see what the H.O.G.® Chapter in Algiers have been up to, check out their Facebook page.

3. Egypt

Egypt emerged as one of the world’s first nations and is considered a cradle of civilisation; Ancient Egypt saw some of the earliest developments of writing, agriculture, urbanisation, organised religion and central government. Iconic monuments such as the Giza Necropolis and its Great Sphinx, as well the ruins of Memphis, Thebes, Karnak and the Valley of the Kings, reflect this legacy and remain a major focus of popular interest. Egypt’s long and rich cultural heritage is an integral part of its national identity, but you might notice other influences including Greek, Persian, Roman, Arab, Ottoman and European.

Cairo has two H-D® dealerships and a very active (and eclectic!) group of riders in our H.O.G.® Cairo Chapter family. With activities spanning from February through to December, there is pretty much always something on. Find out more here:

4. Jordan

Located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north and Israel and Palestine to the west. The Dead Sea lies along its western borders and the country has a small shoreline on the Red Sea in its extreme south-west. The capital, Amman, is the most populous city as well as the country’s economic, political and cultural centre.

Jordan is considered among the safest countries in the Middle East and prides itself on being an ‘oasis of stability’. A major tourist destination, the country is defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves and seaside resorts. It is also home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300BC that’s sometimes known as the ‘Rose City’ for the colour of its stone.

If you really want to make a serious tour, try some of the country’s other famous places to visit: the Dead Sea, the Amman Citadel, Aqaba, Wadi Rum and Kerak Castle.

The H.O.G. Jordan Chapter are pioneers in the region on promoting Safe Rider Skills training, and they’re active all year round. Don’t miss the annual ‘Nabatean Tour’. Find out more at

5. Lebanon

Lebanon is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south, while Cyprus is to the west across the Mediterranean. Being at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland has facilitated its rich history and shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity. The culture of Lebanon reflects the legacy of various civilisations spanning thousands of years.

There is a very active H.O.G. family here, and the Lebanon H.O.G. Chapter offers rides every weekend, culminating in the H.O.G. Lebanon Chapter Tour in October. This is fantastic riding country with different challenges around every corner. Find out more at

6. Saudi Arabia

This kingdom is a desert country encompassing most of the Arabian Peninsula, with both Red Sea and Arabian Gulf coastlines. Known as the birthplace of Islam, it is home to the religion’s two most sacred mosques: Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, the destination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, and Medina’s Masjid an-Nabawi, the burial site of the prophet Muhammad.

Saudi Arabia is the fifth-largest Middle Eastern country by population and has centuries-old attitudes and traditions, often derived from Arab civilisation. Despite this, the capital Riyadh is a very modern, skyscraper-filled metropolis.

There are four H-D dealerships and H.O.G. chapters, located in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dhahran and Jubail. Each is very different from the others and frequently organises and promotes charitable events. Find out more on their Facebook pages.

7. Kuwait

Kuwait is an Arab country on the Arabian Gulf with a cultural heritage dating back to antiquity. Kuwait City, the capital, is known for its modern architecture ranging from skyscrapers to the striking Kuwait Towers.

Kuwaiti society is markedly more open than many other Gulf Arab societies, and Kuwait stands out in the region as the most liberal in empowering women in the public sphere. For example, Kuwaiti women outnumber men in the workforce.

Kuwait has one H-D dealership and a very active H.O.G. chapter. Be sure to meet up and ride with this great team, and find out more about them on their Facebook page.

8. Bahrain

A nation comprising more than 30 islands in the Arabian Gulf, Bahrain has been at the centre of major trade routes for centuries. It is situated between the Qatar peninsula and the north-eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, to which it is connected by the 25km King Fahd Causeway.

As a tourist destination, visitors mostly hail from outside the region due to growing awareness of the kingdom’s heritage and its higher profile thanks to the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit.

There’s a well-appointed H-D dealership in Bahrain with a very culturally mixed and active H.O.G. Chapter. The annual H.O.G. Bahrain Rally sees good international participation too. Find out more at

9. Qatar

Qatar is a peninsular Arab country whose terrain comprises arid desert and a long shoreline of beaches and dunes. The capital, Doha, is known for its futuristic skyscrapers and ultra-modern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Arabian Gulf. An arm of the Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island country of Bahrain. Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first Arab country to do so.

There is an H-D dealership and an active H.O.G. chapter in Doha. Find out more at

10. Oman

Oman, a nation on the Arabian Peninsula, has terrain encompassing desert, riverbed oasis and long coastlines. The country shares land borders with the United Arab Emirates to the north-west, Saudi Arabia to the west and Yemen to the south-west, while the coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the south-east and the Gulf of Oman on the north-east.

Oman has one of the most diverse environments in the Middle East and is particularly well known for cultural tourism. In fact, the World Travel and Tourism Council stated that Oman is the fastest-growing tourism destination in the Middle East.

The port capital, Muscat, is home to the massive Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the old waterfront Muttrah quarter, with a labyrinthine souk and busy fish market.

Muscat offers both an H-D dealership and a sponsored H.O.G. chapter. Find out more at

11. United Arab Emirates

The UAE is a federation of seven emirates at the south-east end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Arabian Gulf. It borders Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing maritime borders with Qatar to the west and Iran to the north.

Emirati culture is based on Arabian culture and has been influenced by the cultures of Persia, India and East Africa. Arabian- and Persian-inspired architecture is part of the expression of the local Emirati identity.

There are three dealerships (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Northern Emirates) and two dealer-sponsored chapters in the UAE. Find out more on their Facebook pages. 


Text: Luis da Silva



There are many dealerships across the MENA region – to find out where, visit and click on ‘FIND A DEALER’ at the top of the homepage.



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